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The Metropolis Experience

CLIENT: VenuesNYC

“We measure the distance to a star a billion miles away … but have our aspirations lifted themselves nearer to the stars? We have created amazing machines … But what of our hearts and minds? Where are we going? Shall we come to a reality like this envisioned city of the future?”

A century after Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, we posed the same question to our audience.

The legendary film tells the tale of two cities: an over-ground city with big owners, and an unbearably exhausting underground for factory workers. In our simulation, underground workers are contemporary dancers, working in shifts on the clock-like machines that we custom-built.

“As deep as lay the workers city below the earth, so high above it towered the complex named ‘the Club of the Sons’, with its lecture halls and libraries, its theaters and its stadiums”

The owner’s son Freder accidentally runs into the intriguing Maria from the underground… Both are contemporary dancers on the balcony in our experience. While looking for her, he explores the underground and witnesses shocking conditions of the workers (attendees). In order to stop the workers revolution, the factory owner hires a scientist to create a robot doppelgänger of Maria. Eventually Maria & Freder mediate between the owners and workers, creating the legendary epigraph that we displayed:

“THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART”

P.S. Knowing the audience was not too familiar with Metropolis, we shot a short film that summarized the story for them: “Metropolis on Your Way to the Bathroom” was both shot and played in the same side room, next to the bathrooms, thus playfully showing where masterpiece films stand in our society. In a society that follows screen algorithms much like Metropolis workers followed flashing lights, do we see hope for harmonization of Humans, Nature & Machines?

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