Explorations based on László Moholy-Nagy’s work; Two mediums, One purpose
As part of the module DE 232 at IDC, IIT Bombay I did multiple explorations in different media, based on László Moholy-Nagy’s work. The explorations were centered around the Bauhaus principles of design and László Moholy-Nagy’s concept of light and opacity.
ABOUT LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY
László Moholy-Nagy was a painter, photographer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school. Born and brought up in Hungary, He was highly influenced by constructivism, this was reflected in his work later as he went on to play an important role in shaping fine and applied arts in the mid-20th century with his vision of a nonrepresentational art consisting of pure visual fundamentals — colour, texture, light, and equilibrium of forms. He was also a strong advocate of the integrating technology and industry into the arts.
He later went on to establish the School of Design in Chicago, which survives today as part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
While working on my recreations, I wanted to work more on the concept of transparency and interaction; the idea that László Moholy-Nagy had based a number of his works on, and the Bauhaus principles of design.
MEDIA 1; EXPLORATORY POSTERS
For the first media exploration, I chose some of László Moholy-Nagy’s compositions and text written by him to recreate them as new compositions and posters.
MEDIUM 2; VIRTUAL INSTALLATION
For the second medium, I combined 3D modelling with VR to create a Virtual installation which a person can experience. The main aim here was to experiment with opacity and light.
PROS AND CONS (COMPARISON)
- The posters are more composition and text based, allowing me to experiment with Bauhaus design principles of asymmetry and composition.
- The posters being 2D allowed me to work on different variations with the same elements, which worked for the purpose.
- Experimentation with light was limited to opacity as the medium is 2D.
VR and 3D model:
- As it is based on real life concepts and physics, it allowed for experimentation with light as well as opacity
- It gives the viewer a real life experience as they can view the installation
- It is a bit difficult to work with other Bauhaus design concepts and principles.