Miami Music Week has its fair share of distractions, from ULTRA Music Festival to a range of side-parties, showcases, and industry events. Over the weekend I went to Red Bull Guest House, and while I got to see Lil Wayne perform, interview Public School, and have a techno legend cook vegan food for me, one experience particularly stood out—a SBTRKT zoetrope creative installation in the lobby of the Sagamore Hotel.
Titled “SBTRKTOSCOPE,” the piece was directed by Jim le Fevre of Nexus Interactive Arts (in collaboration with SBTRKT) and is a cool 3D continuation of the “NEW DORP. NEW YORK” music video. The creature from SBTRKT’s Wonder Where We Land album cover comes to life on a rotating, wedding cake-like wheel that spins in the dark with a strobe light. As it rotates, you see 3D-printed multiples of the creature rise out of the ground and climb up levels of Manhattan skyscrapers. It’s surreal and totally mesmerizing.
Apparently the zoetrope will make an official debut to the public elsewhere soon. It’s nice to see that SBTRKT’s most recent album (which he broke down track-by-track for us) and its aesthetic have lived on past their initial unveilings with a project like this.