Lichtrequisit

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As Oliver Botar has demonstrated in his Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts, the Lichtrequisit was not conceived to be viewed as a sculpture in itself. It was intended to be housed inside of an opaque, cubicle box with two circular openings, a front and black plate outfitted on the inside with an array of light bulbs in a variety of colors. The lights were wired to a timing device that turned them on/off according to a script designed by Moholy-Nagy. As the Lichtrequisit rotated and and tilted, many of the elements were set in motion. Large perforated metal disks, translucent fins, a wooden ball, and a glass spiral cast ever-changing patterns of light and shadow on the interior surfaces of the box. In addition, these lights and shadows may have also been projected onto the circular openings themselves. As Botar has suggested, these openings may have been covered with a dark flashed glass, mimicking the Trolit material of the sides, until the lights begin to blink.

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