stockholm: dancing machines

© kraftwerk / photo: timo ohler - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 - installation at sprüth magers, berlin [2013]

as technology advances at an ever higher speed, stockholm's moderna museet aptly hosts an exhibition which focuses on our fascination with machines, industry and every day mechanisation. dubbed dancing machines - from léger to kraftwerk, the show takes the futurist manifesto published in 1909 as a starting point. it was written by written by the italian poet and futurist leader filippo tommaso marinetti who radically proposed a machine aesthetic that would do away with all antique sculpture and eradicate obsolete painting. the futurist movement worshipped the machines of the emerging industrial era, and as an odd consequence they also glorified war and violence.

this enthusiasm quickly waned after the horrors of world war I, but the aesthetic program lived on among the avant-garde across europe and in new york. on display are select works by various artists which document our fascination of technology at specific historic intervals. it starts when art began to portray new experiences that came with life in the city and fernand léger's rigid industrial principles of order, rhythm and efficiency, to a video installation by kraftwerk which explores the relationship between man and machine [on through apr 27]. location: exercisplan 4 [skeppsholmen].

© kraftwerk - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, techno pop - installation at sprüth magers, berlin [2013] + sture ekstrand [1925]