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Otto Piene «Light Ballet»
Otto Piene, «Light Ballet», 1960


Keywords: Light | Zero

Works by Otto Piene:

Electric Rose

Düsseldorf | Germany | Archive / Collection: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Archive Sohm, Stuttgart

 Otto Piene
«Light Ballet»

Otto Piene consecutively developed three forms of ‘light ballet’: 'archaic light ballet’ (1959) based on torches and perforated cardboard; ‘mechanical light ballet’ (1960) requiring the visitors to operate cranks to set light objects slowly moving; ‘automatic light ballet’ with electrically powered dynamos. While his show was running in the Galerie Schmela, Piene staged in his studio a ‘festival of light’ with performances of different versions of the light ballet.