Thursday, November 15, 2012


MoMa PS1 is right down the street from where I work and really one of the only serious cultural institutions in Long Island City. I never had any desire to go there though, since as they admit:
MoMA PS1 is one of the largest and oldest institutions in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. 
And on their web site it is revealed that they held a Kraftwerk Music Festival. That's right, I said it. A Kraftwerk Music Festival.

But their building is in a fascinating bizarre architectural style. I couldn't help taking a photo on Wednesday.

You can listen to Kraftwerk's 1974 song Autobahn on Youtube here. It's 22 minutes long and I think it uses maybe one chord. I couldn't stand more than ten minutes myself.

Here are the lyrics:
Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der autobahn 
Vor uns liegt ein weites tal 
Die sonne scheint mit glitzerstrahl 
Die fahrbahn ist ein graues band 
Weisse streifen, gruener rand 
Jetzt schalte n wir das radio an 
Aus dem lautsprecher klingt es dann 
Wir fahr'n auf der autobahn
Which mean in English
We are driving driving driving on the Autobahn  
In front of us is a wide valley  
The sun is shining with glittering rays 
The driving strip is a grey track
White stripes, green edge 
We are switching the radio on 
From the speaker it sounds: 
We are driving on the Autobahn

I find it very amusing that there is a single word that means "glittering rays" in German: glitzerstrahl.