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Live Art: Text of Light with Films by Moholy-Nagy

December 1, 2016
Rubloff Auditorium
Free ticket required

Film and photography played central roles in the work of pioneering artist and designer László Moholy-Nagy. He experimented with light, abstraction, and staccato montage in a handful of radically inventive films from the late 1920s through the early 1940s. For this program, the improvisational group Text of Light, led by guitarists Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Alan Licht, perform alongside a selection of Moholy-Nagy’s films and slides, including the spectacular Light Play: Black-White-Gray (1930) and an early, city portrait of Berlin’s social and economic climate in the years leading up to WWII. Joined by drummer Tim Barnes, the three musicians layer guitar, effects, percussion, and low-grade feedback, playing off one another to generate new aural spaces and insight to Moholy-Nagy’s visionary work. 

Presented in collaboration with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation's Conversations at the Edge series

About the Artists

Text of Light (2000) is a collective of experimental musicians who perform live, improvised scores to works by American avant-garde filmmakers, primarily of the 1950s and 1960s. The group has performed at the Victoriaville Music Festival, Canada; Three Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburgh; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Whitney Museum, New York; and toured Europe in addition to playing various club and cinemas in New York and elsewhere. Founded by Lee Ranaldo and Alan Licht (guitars/devices), members of the group have included Christian Marclay and DJ Olive (turntables), William Hooker (drums/percussion), Ulrich Krieger (sax/electronics), and most recently Tim Barnes (drums/percussion).

Photo courtesy of Text of Light.