I saw Kraftwerk live years ago in New York City. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The show was very cold, steril, German and clear. I won’t be missing this MoMA showing. Tickets go on sale Feb 22 at noon. I’m not sure if a ticket will get you into 1 or all of the 8 nights (all different performances!).
“Kraftwerk will give a series of eight performances, each devoted to one of its albums, as part of a Museum of Modern Art retrospective of the electronic music pioneers in April, museum officials said. The performances during “Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” on consecutive evenings starting April 10, will not only feature tracks from one of Kraftwerk’s albums, but also other original compositions intended to showcase the group’s influence on contemporary culture. Projected images, including 3-D ones, will accompany the music. The albums will be performed in chronological order, one each night, starting with “Autobahn” from 1974 and working up through “Tour de France” from 2003.” – NYTimes
“A voice recorder that is fun and easy to use for all ages. Hold down the red button to record, press the black button to play back, and dial the knob to adjust the speed/pitch for fun and frivolity. Record time is roughly 30 seconds. Hand-crafted and hand-painted from sustainable American wood, non-toxic acrylic paint, and electronics.” – momastore.org
We often take for granted the technology that helps us interact with computer databases, cash machines and thousands of other electronic systems. You have to remember that each system we use was designed. The screen graphics, buttons we touch and audio we hear is all planned out by designers. The Talk to Me exhibit at MoMA is showing 194 installations (see them now: click here). Some pieces stand as they were created and used in our current world. Other works are mashups or futuristic dream devices. Coinciding with the exhibit are scheduled talks, tours and family workshops. I know I am definitely going to check it out.
“Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users. Examples range from a few iconic products of the late 1960s to several projects currently in development—including computer and machine interfaces, websites, video games, devices and tools, furniture and physical products, and extending to installations and whole environments.” – moma.org
A friend of mine asked if I would check out the Looking at Music 3.0 exhibit at MoMA (The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor). As a New Yorker who lived and breathed music in the 80s and 90s I’m definitely going to get my nostalgia on.
“Looking at Music 3.0, the third in a series of exhibitions exploring the influence of music on contemporary art practices, focuses on New York in the 1980s and 1990s. In this dynamic period, imaginative forms of street art spread across the five boroughs, articulating the counter-culture tenor of the times. As the city transitioned from bankruptcy to solvency, graffiti, media, and performance artists took advantage of low rents and collaborated on ad hoc works shown in alternative spaces and underground clubs.” – moma.org