Saturday, August 27, 2011

Metropolis II

Metropolis II directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Metropolis II is a short film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors of 2010's Catfish. Metropolis II is named after its subject Chris Burden's die cast Hot Wheels cityscape. Burden has created a completely functional miniature cityscape of overlapping and interweaving roadways that contains 1,200 cars speeding around at up to 230 miles per hour. He’s also installed electric trains, ending up with something that resembles Fritz Lang’s vision of the future, hence the name Metropolis II. It took Burden four years to create his kinetic sculpture and it is currently being moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where it will be reinstalled. 

In an interview with the New York Times last year Burden revealed that Metropolis II  includes, "1,200 custom-designed cars and 18 lanes; 13 toy trains and tracks; and, dotting the landscape, buildings made of wood block, tiles, Legos and Lincoln Logs... every hour 100,000 cars circulate through the city... It has an audio quality to it. When you have 1,200 cars circulating it mimics a real freeway. It’s quite intense."

Joost and Schulman use two beautiful pieces of music to soundtrack their hypnotic film: Tortoise's Ten Day Interval and Windmill International A by Mahogany. Check out their film below, I highly recommend sitting back, turning up the volume and watching in full screen.

Brett Bert wrote a brilliant article for Vanity Fair on Metropolis II back in January.

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