Though the Bauhaus wasn’t directly involved in all art forms, it definitely exerted interesting impulses nevertheless. A particular point in case is Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s 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’s son Stefan – who was instrumental in setting up the 1966 re-staging and a Professor for Architecture and an artist in his own right – 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.