"The reality of our century is technology: the invention, construction and maintenance of machines. To be a user of machines is to be of the spirit of this century. Machines have replaced the transcendental spiritualism of past eras."
Moholy-Nagy began working on sketches for his Light Space Modulator at the Bauhaus in Dessau in the 1920s. The Kinetic sculpture built from steel, wood and glass was finally completed with sponsorship from the electronics company AEG for the Deutsche Werkbund exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1930. Moholy-Nagy wrote later that ‚Äúthe function of the light modulator is to catch, reflect and modulate light‚Äù.
Lichtspiel, schwarz-wei?ü-grau pairs Moholy-Nagy‚Äôs machine with the apparatus of cinema to achieve a two-fold celebration of technology and a record of this abstract scheme of light and shadow in motion.
(1-2) L?°szl?? Moholy-Nagy, Lichtspiel: Schwartz-Wei?ü-Grau, 1930
(3) L?°szl?? Moholy-Nagy The Light-Space Modulator replica, 1930, Bauhaus Archive, Berlin. All images ¬© courtesy of the Estate of L?°szl?? Moholy-Nagy