AiC Art for the Day - Born July 20: László Moholy-Nagy, American, born Hungary, (1895-1946). Light Prop for an Electric Stage, 1928–30.
Excerpt from Tate Modern, London:
Albers and Moholy-Nagy: from the Bauhaus to the New World
Room guide, Room 5
Amid debates about the vocational direction of the Bauhaus, both Gropius and Moholy resigned in 1928. Moholy moved to Berlin, where he opened a commercial design office and produced designs for, among other projects, magazines and opera sets.ii
Since the early 1920s, he had speculated about the possibility of a machine to create kinetic, abstract images with photography, but it was not until 1930 that he was able to construct and exhibit Light Prop for an Electric Stage 1928–30, also known as the Light Space Modulator. It is not known exactly how the Light Prop was originally presented, but in a contemporary article Moholy proposed to house the mechanism inside a wooden box with a series of coloured lights framing its circular opening to create a ‘light show’
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