Florence + the Machine Debut New Songs at Creators Project
Brooklyn was alive with visionary music and art over the weekend, as Vice media and Intel brought The Creators Project to Brooklyn.
Billed as "a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, culture and technology," the Project's second annual run featured an array of musical performances, including headliners Florence + The Machine, alongside film screenings and visual art exhibits.
Admission was free, though largely invite-only, with RSVP mandatory for attendees. Several blocks of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood were closed off to make room for the festival, between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
Florence + The Machine more than held their own amongst a sea of cutting-edge artists, tearing through a powerful set beneath the underbelly of the Manhattan Bridge. Florence Welch performed with a full backing band (harp and all) for a set that included three new songs from her upcoming sophomore effort, "Ceremonials," due Oct. 31 via Island. New songs included "Shake It Out" and "What The Water Gave Me."
The set also included standards from her 2009 debut: "Howl," "Dog Days Are Over" and finally, "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)."
The main "Archway" stage also featured sets from UK electronic act Four Tet and Brooklyn's Chairlift. A smaller stage, within a brick structure dubbed the "Tobacco Warehouse," featured a performance from the French DJ duo Justice, as well as Company Flow and Atlas Sound, among others.
The Tobacco Warehouse also housed one of the festival's many art exhibits: Origin, a glowing 40-foot by 40-foot cubic grid built by London's United Visual Artists. Justice performed its set in close proximity to the structure, with its lights flashing in accord with changes in their music.
Other points of interest for music fans included a screening of "Scenes From The Suburbs," a film by Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze, as well as an exhibit featuring a "physical manifestation" of Spiritualized's song, "Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space." Screenings of the debut of Karen O's new "psycho" opera, "Stop the Virgens," was the lone paid event of the weekend. Directed by Adam Rapp and described as "an assault on the tragic joys of youth," "Virgens" sold out both nights.
The Creator's Project first came to New York last June, featuring artists such as M.I.A., Mark Ronson, Interpol, and Sleigh Bells. Last summer, it partnered with the Coachella Music Festival, selecting musical acts and art exhibits.