In the Munich Museum opened an exhibition of three-dimensional Lenbachhaus video installations dealing with techno-pop pioneers - the Dusseldorf group Kraftwerk. On giant screens presented nine "classic" room staff.
Kraftwerk were in the museum. Is this not strange? Not a work of art created by members of the group, got into a museum, but she is exposed as an exhibit, as a work of art media. In the underground halls of the Munich Museum opened an exhibition of three-dimensional Lenbachhaus video installations in which the Kraftwerk show as they would like to see themselves today.
Before the opening of the exhibition team gave three sell-out concert. Nothing new is not performed, and the sound of Kraftwerk hits are well known not for the first ten years, the only real innovation was the three-dimensional video shows. Videographer Stefan Pfaff (Stefan Pfaffe) since 2008, is a permanent member of the band.
Man-Machine said in Russian:''I am - your servant, I - your employee''(video installation)
Appearance has always been an important part of self-Kraftwerk. First there were the suits, ties and short cropped hair. The musicians on the stage stood motionless as mannequins, devoid of feelings and process involved the production of music of the future. Then came the idea of replacing the living musicians still slightly moving robots, mechanical dolls. During live performances Kraftwerk look the same as in the videos, which were filmed dolls. Robots ousted people on assembly lines of factories, Kraftwerk camouflaged themselves under the same kind of anonymous mechanisms. These were machines for the production of music in the concert scene.
On the new concert group is the next step: robots become virtual. The music accompanies the three-dimensional video, phantom figures of musicians move directly into the auditorium. Technological innovation of this kind is not a gimmick. Many Hollywood blockbusters are shot in 3D. As part of the same pop music show Kraftwerk look unusual.
But were not there with Kraftwerk since its inception the museum project? On the cover of the album "Radioactivity" - radio-thirties, on the cover of "Man-Machine" - red shirts and black ties, font borrowed from Soviet artists constructs twenties. The very phrase "man-machine" comes also from the 1920s. The cover plate, "Trans Express" - a collage: the musicians photographed separately, their individual portraits assembled in a single group, different sizes of heads, eyes looking in different directions. Such a pseudogroup collage pictures were typical of the era before World War II.
The interior of the museum with four dolls Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk themselves were a museum of curiosities tehnokratichekih of the past. Even the construction of their stage show (with four figures of the four fixed panels) is similar to a museum installation. From the "classic" Kraftwerk today in the team was only Ralph Hütter (Ralf Hütter), but the sight and sound of a band that did not have any impact, "general line" is not changed in decades. This is another example of the conservative approach of the museum, one might even say - the petrification of the museum.
During a concert in Munich, three-dimensional video to be seen is not very good: prevented musicians who stood on the stage. No interference was obtained three-dimensional presentation of the watch only a few places with a large hall. Standing in front of one of the three huge screens in the hall of the Munich museum, you can dive without any obstacles in the three-dimensionality of intoxication. Virtual figure Kraftwerk again returned to the red-black constructivist style of the mid-seventies, the red color dominates.
Each film corresponds to one song, all exposed groups of nine songs, all - well-known hits. Musicians-machines out of the screen and stretching out their hands to the viewer, from the top drop pills, arise and fall in the number, there is a high-speed highway ... Virtual space is rebuilt for each song. In standing in front of glass cases - Synthetic black costumes Kraftwerk, similar to diving.
Skepticism about progress
Back in the 70s from Kraftwerk had an idea not to go on tour and stay in his studio and transfer music to a particular concert hall. The expression "virtual tour" seems appropriate here. Today it exists commonly known technically possible: music can be broadcast anywhere on the Internet. Kraftwerk, however, prefer the old-fashioned still form concert.
According to rumors, the company chief Ralph Hütter is skeptical about the new media, social networks and technical innovations. Curator Matthias Myuling (Matthias Mühling) believes that the visual output is Kraftwerk in the jet of minimalist art and conceptualism, perhaps with some decorative redundancy. But Ralph Hütter on the subject refuses to talk, he does not approve of modern art. A pioneer of techno-pop is not accidentally approved the holding of the exhibition is in Lenbachhaus, which exhibited the classic modernist, "Oh, we, in any case much more like Kandinsky and Mondrian."
Author: Andrew Gorokhov
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