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{"identifier":"RA-Kurt_6311365764112","browse_author":"Kurt Schwerdtfeger (Director) and Red Avocado Film (Proprietor (Publisher Bloomsbury Video))","subscription_list":["bvl_visarts"],"titleByTitle":"Yes","isbn":9781350905757,"description":"Though the Bauhaus wasn\u2019t directly involved in all art forms, it definitely exerted interesting impulses nevertheless. A particular point in case is Kurt Schwerdtfeger\u2019s 1922 Reflektorische Farblichtspiele [Reflecting Colour-Light-Play]. Originally conceived as a play for one of the famous Bauhaus Lantern Festivals, it premiered at the Kandinsky home and kind of revolutionised the spatial aspect of 20th century sculpture. At the same time it equals the German abstract films of the early 1920s and is a predecessor of performance art, light shows and expanded cinema. Consequently, the Play was re-discovered and re-staged in the 1960s and has been in demand ever since. This film for the first time includes both the re-staged 1966 performance (no recordings of the 1922/23 ones exist) and a short documentary about the apparatus used for the Play. The film includes a lengthy Talking Backgrounds documentary featuring Kurt\u2019s son Stefan \u2013 who was instrumental in setting up the 1966 re-staging and a Professor for Architecture and an artist in his own right \u2013 and Michael Stoeber, renown German arts critic. 1.Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (1968), 18 min 2.Making Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (1968), 5 min 3.Talking Backgrounds (2009), 50 min German with English subtitles. Reflektorische farblichtspiele: camera, E. Meyer-Sewering; music, Wolfgang Roscher -- Making Reflektorische farblichtspiele: director, Rudolf Ju¨des; camera, E. Meyer-Sewering; music, Wolfgang Roscher -- Talking backgrounds: camera, sound, editing, Sebastian Khayat, Andreas Knoll. One of Schwerdtfeger\u2019s predicaments for his full acceptance into art history\u2019s \u201cHall of Fame\u201d to this day is the fact that Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, also a Bauhaus student, staged a similar Play that for several reasons overshadowed Schwerdtfeger\u2019s pioneering achievements early on. Still today even serious Bauhaus publications omit Schwerdtfeger altogether or at least diminish his merits by denouncing him a collaborator to Hirschfeld-Mack \u2013 in all likelihood by simply copying older writings without doing own research. In 1964 Schwerdtfeger stated in a letter \u201cA couple of weeks before the Bauhaus Week [1923, one year after his own premiere], Hirschfeld-Mack grouped with some Bauhaus students and developed his play. I was refused access to these. Rehearsals went very secretively. At a ball during the Bauhaus Week the group premiered their version. The involvement of several people made it more complex than mine. That\u2019s when I left the Bauhaus because I felt deceived.\u201d Even skeptics will have to admit, though, that the official first Bauhaus Book, covering the years 1919 \u2013 1922, contains two pictures of Schwerdtfeger\u2019s Play and none of Hirschfeld-Mack\u2019s as the latter\u2019s didn\u2019t exist as yet. After he left the Bauhaus, based on his high merits as a student, he was immediately appointed Professor for Sculpture at the Stettin Academy. Unable to exhibit during the Nazi years, he educated budding teachers in the arts in Alfeld/Hildesheim until his death in 1966, just days before the re-staging of his Play at the Hannover Arts Society. Language - German Subtitles: English","videoId":6311365764112,"browse_view":"contentTypeBrowsePageIndexView","subscription":"bvl_visarts","title":"Reflecting Colour-Light-Play: [Reflektorische Farblichtspiele]","xml_source":"bvl_visarts_video-vra.xml","browse_search":"RA-Kurt","videoPoster":"","facets":"appliedArt , Applied art , fineArt , Fine art , sculpture , Sculpture , art , Art , abstract , Abstract , artsAndLiterature , Arts and literature , _19601969 , 1960\u20131969 , _20002009 , 2000\u20132009 , _19001999 , 1900\u20131999 , _2000Present , 2000\u2013present , made_20102019 , 2010\u20132019 , made_2000Present , 2000\u2013present , german , German , origin_germany , Germany , origin_europe , Europe , video , Video ,","contenttypeorder":3,"date_of_publication":2010,"publisher":"Red Avocado Film","productname":"bvl_all","id_search":"RA-Kurt","facet":["_19001999","_19601969","_20002009","_2000Present","abstract","appliedArt","art","artsAndLiterature","fineArt","german","made_2000Present","made_20102019","origin_europe","origin_germany","sculpture","video"],"contentType":"video","authors":"Kurt Schwerdtfeger~Red Avocado Film"}

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