Astralwerks announced today an upcoming multimedia extravaganza chronicling the illustrious career of pioneering German electronic music band Kraftwerk. The event, Kraftwerk–Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, will consist of eight consecutive performances by Kraftwerk of eight of the band’s classic concept albums all within the MoMA’s main atrium.
In addition to the live performances, Kraftwerk-Retrospective will combine video, 3D projections and more to reflect the band’s sound and image influence over its 40-year career. The series is being organized by Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator at large at MoMA. He had this to share in the press release: “In Kraftwerk’s practice, all of the components—melodic music and ambient sound, elaborate stage sets, live performance and performance by robots, their trademark videos and logo-like still imagery, all conceived and realized by the artists themselves—coalesce as one work of art.” You heard it here first: There will be robots.
The series will take place April 10-17, with tickets going on sale at noon on February 22 here, so get your trackpad-finger ready. Become acquainted with the full performance schedule, and Kraftwerk’s uncanny aesthetic via a video of the band performing its 1974 “Autobahn” classic, below.
Performance Schedule For Kraftwerk:
04/10 – 8:30 p.m. – Autobahn (1974)
04/11 – 8:30 p.m. – Radio-Activity (1975)
04/12 – 8:30 p.m. – Trans Europe Express (1977)
04/13 – 10 p.m. – The Man-Machine (1978)
04/14 – 8:30 p.m. – Computer World (1981)
04/15 – 8:30 p.m. – Techno Pop (1986)
04/16 – 8:30 p.m. – The Mix (1991)
04/17 – 10 p.m. – Tour De France (2003)