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"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."
Light Play with Projections from Bauhaus Theater

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László Moholy-Nagy | Theatre of Totality <1924>

Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy undertook a wide range of aesthetic investigations, using the school as a laboratory to examine the formal principles of abstraction in painting, photography, and sculpture. He also explored the influence of technology, which had a profound impact on his work and ideas. These experiments led Moholy-Nagy to develop a new kind of theater based on these principles. Underlying this approach was an effort to synthesize the theater's essential components – space, composition, motion, sound, movement, and light – into a fully integrated, abstract form of artistic expression.

Moholy-Nagy referred to this idea as the theater of totality, a reinterpretation of Wagner's concept of total theater. Moholy-Nagy's approach to the synthesis of the arts reduced the importance of the written word and the presence of the actor, placing them on an equal plateau with stage design, lighting, music, and visual composition. This interest in formal integration included technology, which is reflected in his use of mechanical motifs in his work in other genres such as painting, photography, film and sculpture.