Rematerializing Technology


"Oscillating in uniforms sculptural yet wonderfully unreal, Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger first appeared in Oskar Schlemmer's "Triadic Ballet" on September 30, 1922 in Stuttgart, Germany. Unbeknownst then to the Bauhaus artist, the production would eventually became a dramatic flag for the avant-garde art movement, encouraging its powerful visual construction and begging questions of form, space, and meaning. The piece, a theatrical trinity, questioned the impact of machine culture at the time of the industrial revolution, viewing a "machine man," in Germany's post-war, technological preoccupation.

Today, nearly a century later, Schlemmer's historic work is revisited by artistic directors Mafalda Millies and Roya Sachs in "Virtually There" at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. Inspired by the"Triadic Ballet," the limited-run work continues the artist's brilliant gaze with a new set of collaborators—including punk ballerina Karole Armitage, Whitney Biennial artists Kate Gilmore and Heather Rowe, French composer Charles Derenne, and Brazilian designers Campana Brothers, who designed costumes for the production—translating core Bauhaus elements for a digital time."

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Document November 22, 2016
Written by Joshua Glass

Crystal Woman from Mana Contemporary's "Virtually There," 2016. Photograph by Maria Baranova.