Gesamtkunstwerk: a total work of art Derives from Richard Wagner and his essay 1849 “The Art-Work of the Future,” in which opera offered a meeting point for all of the arts in a total art work.
“ The Theater of Totality with its multifarious complexities of light, space, plane, form, motion, sound, man – and with all the possibilities for varying and combining these elements – must be an ORGANISM.” Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, 1924
1960s experiments – creating new media viewing environments
“ Multiple projections occupied the foreground of a visual culture that was intent upon liberating itself from the conventional concept of the painting, from the technical and material restrictions of imaging technology and from the repressive determinants of the social codes.” Peter Weibel
multiple screens – expansion of visual horizons – intensification of visual experience – new approach to narrative – diffuse and fragmented p.o.v. correlated with new perception of the world
“ Glimpses of the USA,” Ray + Charles Eames, 1959
“ Think,” presented in the “Ovoid Theater,” Ray + Charles Eames, 1965