Mysterium

A journey to a conceptual land of enlightenment filled with sensory delights - Berlin, December 2016

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NEULAND - Berlin, December 2016

In December 2016, Bompas & Parr helped take 1,600 guests on a journey to Neuland - a conceptual land of enlightenment filled with sensory delights that defied all expectations.

Bringing new life to a disused power station in former East Berlin, the studio worked with Icelandic dance music collective gusgus and Russian lighting specialists Sila Sveta to create the path to Neuland. Loosely inspired by the epic unfinished work Mysterium, by the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who envisaged a synaesthesic performance involving a whole audience on the slopes of the Himalayas, the idea was that our guests would emerge from the all-night music and dance event transported to a new dimension in space and time.

Bompas & Parr conceived a number of world firsts - a bar where all the drinks served had been struck by lightning; gardens of edible gastropods; a chamber of glow-in-the-dark jelly served from a miniature river; crocodile sandwich bar; pizzas made by flamethrowers; and more. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr also served bespoke distilled spirits made with Himalayan minerals from a human skull in a curious initiation.

Neuland will return for 2017.

Photography by Ann Charlott Ommedal.