Kraftwerk Mesmerizes With a Fully Realized Audio-Visual Experience Review+Photos: Kraftwerk 3D Concert at ACL Live at The Moody Theater 6/27/22
AUSTIN, TX- Kraftwerk’s 3D tour came to Austin and left us all feeling a bit more human than ever. With the current lineup of Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, Falk Grieffenhagen, and cofounder Ralf Hütter (fellow cofounder, Florian Schneider passed away in April 2020), the pioneering German electronic project delivered a timeless and motionless performance and visually captivating 3D experience —- a designer’s dream with some of Emil Schult art and the propagandist- like symbology they’re known for.
While strongly trying to pull away from the expression “retro-futurism”, it keeps coming back; though not entirely accurate as the show combined a central display of a piece of history ahead of its time more than a representation of the ideal of a future in past times. On display was a very satisfying and engaging visual language, well articulated, yet minimal and memorable, getting the retro” essence mostly by the association with art and styles inspired by themselves in many cases during their most influential days.
The colorful background designs within the futuristic realm showcased the legacy of a concept; more machine than man, not provocative or proselytizing in any direct way, just being art. By challenging basic human responses with a seated environment you get nothing less than a mesmerized audience eager to embrace a transformative entire piece. Robots are not that bad after all!.
Strange yet familiar, but always innovative, classic after classic was presented. When the robots performed the most emotive part of the set, it truly manifested the collective momentum of a humanized archetype.
Even though It took me a bit to be able to translate into words using a language that isn’t native to me, I can conclude this is a fully realized audio-visual experience that will stay fresh in your memory for decades.