BARN arch undertook the 'atmosphere & scenography' design of the Red Bull Music Festival Futurave Night, held at Volkswagen Arena on the night of October 12, 2019.
Imagining the area as a quarantine zone, BARN arch aimed to create a dystopian atmosphere with the advanced transformation utilized.
The light was chosen as the most powerful provider of the atmosphere, and the light created a dominant volume as a result of the intensive usage of fog in the area. This use marked the spatial presence of the designed atmosphere, creating an ideal of a dynamic scene. Dystopian landscape, as a query towards an ideal of nature, is intended to provide a basis of ideas for the landscape visions in succession.
The spectator's encounter with dystopian fiction took place in the main foyer area where the old-style theater par lights were rhythmically located. (WALL) The semi-transparent PVC fabric, which forms the 22-meter divider curtain that cuts the entrance to the main foyer, has blurred the transition point to the quarantine zone with fog and light penetrating the tears on it. After the transition, a set of light bodies was added to the head of the foyer wings to direct visitors to the south and north foyer corridors.
The 8-meter-long table in the northern foyer was designed as a figurative preparation table on the crossing road between the two stages. Artificial fog, which was given to the table central to the corridor, from the points where it touches the floor, has made the perception of the area even stronger by blurring and expanding the boundaries of the table. Although the long table resembles a workbench with standard height, image, and ergonomics, it found a response as a short resting point on which the audience relaxes on.
In the southern foyer, another resting point, the holistic atmosphere was strengthened with the use of quarantine materials, lighting elements and plants in accordance with the project's dystopian dictionary. Circular lighting that illuminates all visitors from the far end of this space was designed as a representation of the "SUN", which has semiotic significance in dystopic narratives from Dune to Matrix.
The main stage area as a speculated dystopian incubation and gathering area was strengthened via stirring images of nature and habitat by Sage Jenson and giant lighting fixtures that one would be familiar from stadiums. With the warm light and intense artificial fog that is used in the space, it was aimed to trigger visitors to investigate the place and time they inhabit, and to turn an instant experience into a deep and impressive one.