The search for the right way to deal with the digital flood of information and images, the change in the relationship between people and technology and the associated trend towards progressive depersonalization are topics that are widely discussed today. However, they are only supposedly phenomena of our time. In his artistic work and with his experimental use of new media, the avant-garde artist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) anticipated the current discussions; as early as the 1920s, he was convinced that people needed support in order to cope with sensory overstimulation in an increasingly technologized and - here Moholy-Nagy's foresight proves to be almost prophetic - digitalized environment.
In this volume, Oliver A. I. Botar examines the methods with which Moholy-Nagy dealt with technology in his work and explores the question of the extent to which he should be regarded as a pioneer of the digital. The volume also aims to introduce younger readers to this pioneering figure and emphasize the relevance of Moholy-Nagy's work for contemporary artistic creation.
Author(s): Oliver Botar
Edited by Bauhaus Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Plug In Museum of Contemporary Art