Fans of early David Cronenbourg, and Gaspar Noe films rejoice! In the Chapter Three (FUTURO) of The Waldorf Project takes the art film style of sensory overload and transposes it to a 150 minute experience in total darkness in a Hackney Wick Warehouse. Also, be prepared to get very drunk, as I did, with very little choice in the matter.
Academics will tell you certain films are said to have a Narcotic effect (I challenge anyone to watch Naked Lunch and not feel existentially and physically nauseous), but Sean Rogg clearly takes this quite literally, as I was later informed there was alcohol ‘in everything’.
Right at the start of the experience you physically breach the 4th wall, which in this case happens to be a black curtain. Inside? It’s best not to say. However I will say anyone whose spent a few days (solid of course) in Berghain will feel at home here. Likewise, if you’ve ever thought being abducted by aliens would be genuinely fascinating, this is for you. Important side note, don’t go expecting ‘a meal’. Even though you will quite literally be fed, trust us it’s best to eat a little beforehand.
I can’t say all of the experiences, and tastes involved were necessarily ‘nice’ (though my interest might’ve been pleasantly piqued) but, like Cronenbourg and Noe, Rogg clearly wants to shock a bit of the identity out of his audience, and it works. This was an experience that was far enough out my norm that it resonated throughout the rest of my week, and which left me chuckling to myself, and questioning my own responses. So go on, step outside your comfort zone.
Futuro is taking place until the 4th Dec