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St. Vincent scored film ‘Flatland’ screening at Coachella (watch the trailer)

We posted about St. Vincent’s Friday night set at Weekend One of Coachella 2018, where she left her theatrical, high-concept one woman show behind for rocking live band set, that hearkened, visually, to Kraftwerk. Her performance wasn’t the only thing that St. Vincent has going on at Coachella, though. As Pitchfork reports, she’s also done the score for a “360 experiential film,” Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, that premiered on Friday at Coachella. The film is a “contemporary adaptation of a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott, first published in 1884,” adapted and directed by Justin Bolognino, and with art direction from Dev Harlan, Sougwen and VolvoxLabs. More from the description:

Written pseudonymously by “A Square”, the book used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.

Rather than the narrator as “A Square” like in the classic, our protagonist now expands from the original Flatland Great Grid into a young Cube, who then discovers three new, previously hidden dimensions:


The Cube uses the spherical perspective of the dome to tell an abstract story of discovery and expansion into TIMELAND, exploring this new, ever-complex, ever-beautiful, and ever-deep new realm of cubic possibility.

Morphing into a Pyritohedron during MINDLAND, the evolved form now merges and interacts with its more organic yet geometric environment, eventually becoming a world of fractal delight.

Anima, or “Soul” in Latin, becomes the final stage of our protagonist, who now can literally become its environment, changing form at will while dancing with spectral colors in VOIDLAND.

Returning back to source, a pure bath of UV light rounds out the show with a moment of transcendent bliss.

The film screens inside The Antarctic dome, powered by HP, at Coachella, and you can also see it this summer at NYC’s Panorama, which St. Vincent also plays. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Coachella weekend one continues Saturday and Sunday – check out our guide to the festival, pictures, videos, and recap from Friday, and don’t forget, even if you aren’t in Indio, lots of sets are streaming live.

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