The Creators Project Takes DUMBO

Rebecca Smeyne
Vice and Intel's second edition of the Creators Project in New York again lived up to the hype, with a weekend full of elaborate interactive technology-based art installations, films, a play by Karen O, and a live music schedule full of heavy-hitters. The whole shebang happened in the heart of DUMBO, scattered among several buildings and two gloriously located stages under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. (The stable of Brooklyn Flea food vendors was a nice touch, too.) Highlights included sets from the thrilling John Maus, A$AP Rocky with Clams Casino (joined onstage by Venu$), the Field, Four Tet, Atlas Sound, Florence and the Machine, Company Flow, and Justice, who, in the end, were shut down about 30 minutes prematurely by the NYPD. Still, it was impressive. During his set, even Atlas Sound's Bradford Cox waxed both grateful and incredulous that funding for such a grand artistic endeavor exists. On this beautiful fall evening, listening to his ethereal harmonies under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, the glow of United Visual Artists' massive ORIGIN sculpture emanating from the adjacent space, we wholeheartedly agreed.

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