Posted in dance | music | pictures on April 16, 2012

photos by Greg Cristman

"Just saw Francois K DJ all Kraftwerk set in the MoMAPS1 dome for 90 minutes with 360 degree visuals. Sound by Jim Toth. I love NY." - DFA Records

"Only non-Kraftwerk song that both Juan Atkins and Francois K. played: Yaz's "Situation."" - Sasha Frere-Jones

Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk & Francois K @ PS1
Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Being that Kraftwerk began their 8-night, 8-album run of performances at MoMA back on April 10, and today is only the 16th, as of this writing there are still two chances to see them perform a full album in 3-D at the modern art museum. However, your chance to participate in "Kraftwerk Fest" at MoMA's PS1 has come and gone and featured two special Kraftwerk sets by DJs Juan Atkins (Saturday) and Francois K (Sunday).

Sunday, which we have pictures from in this post, was made even more special with a guest appearance by uncle Ralf Hutter who stopped by before performing Techno Pop" with his band at MoMA later in the night. Tonight he and his band will do "The Mix", and they finish it off Tuesday with "Tour de France."

The "fest", part of a month-long installation at PS1 (that runs until May 12), was was three hours long each day, with the DJs playing Kraftwerk remixes to a packed crowd. Francois K performs again TONIGHT (4/16) at Cielo with Four Tet (who is also DJing). Check out more pictures from Sunday at PS1, shots of 5Ptz across the street included, below...

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5Pointz Aerosol Art Center (across the street from PS1)

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

PS1 Sunday...

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Kraftwerk DJ Set - PS 1

Bonus: here's Juan Atkins at PS1 on Saturday (via neilunger)

Juan Atkins

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Comments (21)

Kraftwer PS1: Kraftwerk MoMA
DJ Set : Live Performance

that is all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:02 PM

Ytinasnil guy went to Saturday night. Nice set up but I don't get what the frenzy was about. Bunch of guys pressing buttons and speaking one word at a time while 3D crap flashes in the background. Amazing (sarcasm intended).

YTINASNIL LIVES

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:05 PM

Each day that this Kraftwerk thing continues it gets a little bit more boring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:06 PM

Juan Atkins is an amazing DJ. A Detroit legend

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:09 PM

kraftwerk please play philly

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:11 PM

Each day that this Kraftwerk thing continues another kitten is drowned in boiling oil

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:11 PM

i think moma fucked up by having such a strict ticket policy. tickets would be $200 tops on the secondary market if you could transfer names, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:19 PM

Whats the deal if you have a kraftwerk ticket and can't go? Can you cancel and get a refund? Or does MoMA just eat your money and your bebes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:22 PM

Hey funboys, get a room

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:30 PM

Moma and Kraftwerk conspired to make this the most UN-fan-friendly event in recent memory.

Congrats to both organizations for an epic fan fail.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:31 PM

i was at ps1 yesterday for most of the event. when did ralf come out? damnit!

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 5:39 PM

I was at night 2 and seriously, it was one of the most "fan friendly" concert experiences I have been to. No wait to get in, no hassles by management, excellent sound, good German beer.

Of course, if you're still bitter about not getting in then, of course you are gonna think it's "UN-fan-friendly." You need to get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 7:40 PM

@5:39- Around 4:15-4:20.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 1:04 AM

Enjoy looking at 5 Pointz the largest graffiti arts building in the world apparently which unfortunately was sold by the owner for most likely condos to be built there in 2013.

The arts in that area is dwindling fast sadly as it becomes another Battery Park city or Jersey City Heights.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 3:32 AM

Let me apparently be the first to say I thought the Francois K Kraftwerk Music Festival at MoMA PS1 was absolutely brilliant. One cannot stress enough how incredibly influential Kraftwerk have been on popular music and the direction it has taken, almost single handedly responsible for House, Techno, 80's Synth Pop, Industrial, Hip-Hop to name but a few. As usual, I thought the room was filled with more herbs and wannabes than actual fans - the real ones there smart enough to bring their children. I keep reading about how boring it was and why would anyone want to see a bunch of guys standing around pushing buttons... WAKE UP! You're not supposed to watch. You're supposed to DANCE. That's the whole point. The rest of the entire world gets it, why does it take this country so long to catch on? Oh right I forgot it's not COOL to dance to disco, we must have Pearl Jam in front of us or some long haired guy doing a forty minute guitar solo in front of us for it to be considered a legitimate form of music. Electronic music is The same people complaining about how boring the Kraftwerk shows are were burning disco records at that Baseball game in the 70's, and would be the same people saying Punk Rock wasn't important because the people couldn't play. Now every one of these wannabes owns Nirvanna's 'Nevermind' and a Ramones T-shirt now that it's 'cool'. These are the same people who wouldn't accept DJing as a musical art form. Reject everything they don't immediately understand. The idea of someone playing everyone else's music for people to dance to isn't art, it isn't rock 'n' roll. What, you've never been in a cover band? You've never SEEN a cover band? Next time leave the modern stuff for the open minded please, and stick to your Springsteen albums. I'm sure in another ten or fifteen years you'll catch on just like you did with hip-hop and punk. I've got news for you guys: You like Korn? You like the Chili Peppers? You like Eminem? Then thank Kraftwerk for their influence. Watching the non-responsive crowds in Kraftwerk MoMA videos on YouTube made me so angry. THIS is why I couldn't get a single ticket to see the band that has done more for my music career than any ohter at the once in a lifetime MoMA retrospective? For a bunch of people who are only there because it's the cool thing to do and complain that they 'just stood there pushing buttons'? Eminem once said 'Nobody listens to Techno!' Really? What freaking planet is he living on? The entire WORLD listens to Techno. It's the NUMBER ONE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT in the world. It's cheap, it's fun and just like punk - everyone can do it. I guarantee you the same people complaining will be first in line to pay $500 for the next Deadmau5 gig and say he was brilliant. I think I liked it better when all this stuff was mine and underground. Not one person other than the real fans cheered at the brilliant performance of 'Numbers' and 'Computer World 2' between the polite and gracious Ralf Hütter (who I had the privilege of shaking hands with at the show) and Francois K - who's set was an absolutely brilliant journey through the years of Kraftwerk's music and those that it's influenced - but they all cheered for Afrika Bambattaa's 'Planet Rock' which STOLE the music from Hütter's 'Numbers' and 'Trans-Europe Express' to basically create modern Hip-Hop. Not a single 'music lover' made that connection or acknowledged what he was doing. My wife and I were dancing in front of the DJ booth the entire day and everyone around us (with the exception of a few heads you know who you are) looked at us like we were from another planet lol. It wasn't until we took a restroom break and came back where suddenly for no reason whatsoever after HOURS of brilliant music they decided NOW was the time to dance. Ridiculous. But then again, nobody realized Francois K was playing Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus' until the main chorus came in two minutes into the track so there you go. How many songs sound like that that you couldn't tell what it is immediately from the first drum beat? Luckily Yazoo's 'Situation' starts with the hook.

Posted by DJ Uri Dalal | April 17, 2012 11:28 AM

I apologize for letting my temper get the best of my spelling abilities! Ignore the comment I posted prior to this:

Let me apparently be the first to say I thought the Francois K Kraftwerk Music Festival at MoMA PS1 was absolutely brilliant. One cannot stress enough how incredibly influential Kraftwerk have been on popular music and the direction it has taken, almost single handedly responsible for genres like House, Techno, 80's Synth Pop, Industrial, Hip-Hop to name but a few. As usual, I thought the room was filled with more herbs and wannabes than actual fans - the real ones there smart enough to bring their children. I keep reading about how boring it was and why would anyone want to see a bunch of guys standing around pushing buttons... WAKE UP! You're not supposed to watch. You're supposed to DANCE. That's the whole point. The rest of the entire world gets it, why does it take this country so long to catch on? Oh right I forgot it's not COOL to dance to disco, we must have Pearl Jam in front of us or some long haired guy doing a forty minute guitar solo in front of us for it to be considered a legitimate form of music. The same people complaining about how boring the Kraftwerk shows are were Telling the Beatles Jesus died for their sins, burning disco records at that Baseball game in the 70's, and would be the same people saying Punk Rock wasn't important because the people couldn't play. Now every one of these wannabes owns Nirvanna's 'Nevermind' and a Ramones T-shirt now that they're all dead and it's become 'cool'. These are the same people who won't accept DJing as a musical art form but have discussions about Deadmau5 last set. Reject everything they don't immediately understand. The idea of someone playing everyone else's music for people to dance to isn't art, it isn't rock 'n' roll. What, you've never been in a cover band? You've never SEEN a cover band? Next time leave the modern stuff for the open minded please, and stick to your Springsteen albums. I'm sure in another ten or fifteen years you'll catch on just like you did with hip-hop and punk. I've got news for you guys: You like Korn? You like the Chili Peppers? You like Eminem? Then thank Kraftwerk for their influence. Watching the non-responsive crowds in Kraftwerk MoMA videos on YouTube made me so angry. THIS is why I couldn't get a single ticket to see the band that has done more for my music career than any ohter at the once in a lifetime MoMA retrospective? For a bunch of people who are only there because it's the cool thing to do and complain that they 'just stood there pushing buttons'? Eminem once said 'Nobody listens to Techno!' Really? What freaking planet is he living on? The entire WORLD listens to Techno. It's the NUMBER ONE FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT in the world. It's cheap, it's fun and just like punk - everyone can do it. I guarantee you the same people complaining will be first in line to pay $500 for the next Deadmau5 gig and say he was brilliant. I think I liked it better when all this stuff was mine and underground. Not one person other than the real fans cheered at the brilliant performance of 'Numbers' and 'Computer World 2' between the polite and gracious Ralf Hütter (who I had the privilege of shaking hands with at the show) and Francois K - who's set was an absolutely brilliant journey through the years of Kraftwerk's music and those that it's influenced - but they all cheered for Afrika Bambattaa's 'Planet Rock' which STOLE the music from Hütter's 'Numbers' and 'Trans-Europe Express' to basically create modern Hip-Hop. Not a single 'music lover' made that connection or acknowledged what he was doing. My wife and I were dancing in front of the DJ booth the entire day and everyone around us (with the exception of a few heads you know who you are) looked at us like we were from another planet lol. It wasn't until we took a restroom break and came back where suddenly for no reason whatsoever after HOURS of brilliant music they decided NOW was the time to dance. Ridiculous. But then again, nobody realized Francois K was playing Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus' until the main chorus came in two minutes into the track so there you go. How many songs sound like that that you couldn't tell what it is immediately from the first drum beat? Luckily Yazoo's 'Situation' starts with the hook.

Posted by DJ Uri Dalal | April 17, 2012 11:34 AM

dude. i need adderal just to read your post

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 11:40 AM

that is the longest paragraph in the history of the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 11:58 AM

Hey funboys, get a room

Posted by myegy | April 23, 2012 5:27 AM

Why is it that Kraftwerk attracts out-of-work novelists?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2012 7:45 AM

I like hanging out at ps1

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 2:26 PM

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