Review | ‘Electric Mile’ reinvents the rave experience
The “Electric Mile” audiovisual drive-thru features seven varying light show themes for patrons to reimagine what a rave can look like — especially during a pandemic. Photos by KATIE REUL, News Editor
Time suspends within a psychedelic, LED-filled reality for car passengers driving through Insomniac Events’ “Electric Mile” pop-up event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Senses are heightened by kaleidoscopes of flashing colors that strobe across fields of vision, the pungent waft of vapor from explosions of smoke outside car windows, the booming bass of an electronic-meets-house-themed soundtrack. All these factors work in harmony to create an experience that, for a few moments, feels like a new world.
During the middle of the journey, looking out the right side of the car, passengers catch a glimpse of an illuminated projection of a caterpillar sitting on what looks like a mushroom and smoking out of a pipe. A lone question is displayed above its head:
“Who are you?”
You may not be able to figure that existential query out from simply driving through the Electric Mile, but for 15 minutes, you will know at least one thing for certain: you are alive.
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