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Kraftwerk stuff happening @ PS1 too (installation & fest)


Kraftwerk begin their eight-show run at MoMA tonight (4/10), and MoMA is now selling a limited edition Kraftwerk boxset, but, as you know, there’s more! MoMA PS1 in Long Island City is also doing this thing

Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
On view April 12, 2012–May 14, 2012

In conjunction with Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at The Museum of Modern Art, an eight-channel video and sound installation especially developed for the exhibition is now on display in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome.

Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider founded Kraftwerk In Düsseldorf in 1970 and set up the pioneering Kling Klang studio, where all Kraftwerk’s albums have been conceived and composed. By the mid-1970s, Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for its revolutionary experimentation with sound and imagery. Its compositions, which feature distant melodies, multilingual vocals, robotic Beats, custom-made vocoders, and computer speech, anticipated the impact technology would have on art and everyday life, capturing the human condition in an age of mobility and telecommunication. Kraftwerk’s innovative looping techniques and mechanized rhythms, which had a major influence on the early development of hip-hop and electronic dance music, remain among the most commonly sampled sounds across a wide range of musical genres. Kraftwerk uses robotics and other technical innovations in its live performances, illustrating the belief that humans and machines make equal contributions in the creation of art.

AND, that’s not all! This weekend at PS1, to go along with all this stuff, will be a Kraftwerk Music Festival! More details below…


Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, 2012
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

TICKETS ($15 per day)
Purchase tickets online, here: April 14 (Juan Atkins), April 15 (Francois K)

MoMA PS1 presents a two-day music festival in the MoMA PS1 courtyard with Juan Atkins (April 14) and Francois K (April 15) to celebrate the exhibition Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and Kraftwerk’s influence, technological innovation, and collaborative spirit.

Juan Atkins is regarded as one of the founding fathers of techno and is a close friend and collaborator of Francois K. Like many forms of dance, electronic and hip hop music, techno was heavily influenced and inspired by Kraftwerk’s electronic acoustic innovations. Francois K is one of New York’s most legendary DJs and a long-time collaborator with Kraftwerk, having mixed their 1986 studio album, Electric Cafe as well as remixes for several other tracks. He was also behind many of New York’s most legendary parties such as Body&SOUL and Deep Space every Monday night at Cielo.

On April 14 and 15 from 3:00-6:00pm, Juan Atkins and Francois K will draw inspiration from the Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at MoMA and the special exhibition in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome to create an interior and exterior sound-scape installation in the form of a music festival. Visitors are invited to join with Juan Atkins and Francois K as they celebrate Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking influence and inspiration on both image and sound, through their own live interpretation, eventually with very special guest appearances.

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