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Dreamlands: Expanded

Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s Reflektorische Farblichtspiele

Fri, Nov 11, 2016  7:30 PM

In 1922 at the home of Vassily Kandinsky, a then twenty-five-year-old artist Kurt Schwerdtfeger premiered his Reflecting Color-Light-Play, today considered a seminal work of the Weimar Bauhaus movement and of twentieth century sculpture. Originally conceived as a play for the Lantern Festival, the piece utilizes a large cube projection apparatus in which performers activate cardboard shapes and a switchboard of colored lights to form a complex, abstract live shadow play appearing on its screen surface. The work was last performed in 1966 in a re-staging overseen by the artist himself before his death later that year. This rendition, performed by Lary 7, features a newly built apparatus and a visual score based on the 1968 presentation, as well as the available original documentation.

Dreamlands: Expanded is a series of expanded cinema events organized by Microscope Gallery in collaboration with the Whitney as part of the exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase here

Please note: All Dreamlands: Expanded events take place at Microscope Gallery, with the exception of Steam Screens and The Owl Flies at Twilight, which will both be presented at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.

Lead underwriting support for Dreamlands: Expanded is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation. 

Generous support provided by J.J. Kasper, Paul Jost, and Natasha Reatig.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts' Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. 

Microscope Gallery Event Series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Additional support provided by Knockdown Center and Negativland. Sponsored by Colorlab and The Bodega. Media Partner: The Brooklyn Rail.

Kurt Schwerdtfeger, Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (Reflecting Color-Light-Play), 1922 (shot by Rudolf Jüdes, 1966). Courtesy of the Schwerdtfeger Estate

Kurt Schwerdtfeger, Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (Reflecting Color-Light-Play), 1922 (shot by Rudolf Jüdes, 1966). Courtesy of the Schwerdtfeger Estate