Painting, sculpting, photography and film, graphic art and typography, design of products, exhibitions and stages are part of László Moholy-Nagy’s interdisciplinary portfolio. He shaped the philosophy and the artistic-creative praxis of the “Bauhaus” and the “New Bauhaus”. It had one central idea, to pave the way “From pigment to light”. InWeimarandDessauhe experimented with industrial made bulbs and developed mechanic equipment which was able to performatively implement the visual interplay of light, colour and space as it is visible in constructivist painting. “Lichtspiele” – photographs and films, kinetic objects, spatially based installations and stage design – emerged which turned electric light into sculptural artistic material. He also was one of the masterminds who imagined frescos of light, poly-cinemas and cloud projections as future part of cityscapes.
LichtRouten-Project: A Lightplay Black White Grey
The film “A play of light black white grey” from 1930 is a documentary about the light-space-modulator by László Moholy-Nagy. Since 1922 he and the engineer Stefan Sebök had been working on a “light requisite for an electric stage” on behalf of AEG before it was publicly presented for the first time inParisin 1930. It is an apparatus which stages the visual interplay of sculpture, light, space and motion. In the polished metal surfaces and objects, whose shades are moving interlinked like in a machine, the idea to investigate aesthetic implications in mechanical principles is mirrored. In the film a lot of details, discs, grids, objects and other appearances of light are shown and at the same moment grant an insight in the ingenious system of mechanic motion, processes of projection and perspectives of observation.
LichtRouten-Site: Shopping-Center Forum
The Forum was opened as a modern shopping-center in 1978. Until 2006 The “Wellenbad”, a swimming pool with artificial waves, was its main attraction. Although it is very central, the Forum suffers from a lot of vacancies.