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Quick Research: Futurism

[WARNING: Quick Research posts are not gospel, thoroughly researched or in any way based on actual knowledge that has been glanced at more than twice, i.e. it’s quick research done for a base understanding. All references listed at the end.]


Manifesto: Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting 1914. The Futurist Manifesto had declared, “We will glorify war —the world’s only hygiene —militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.” [Wiki] (Like really? wow)

Focus: speed, technology, youth, violence, mechanical objects. Humanity triumphing over nature. Fuck the past, we are the future.

Influenced by: Divisionism, Cubism.

Influenced: (-) Art Deco, Constructivism, Surrealism, Dada. (+) Precisionism, Rayonism, Vorticism. (Sant’Elia) Blade Runner.

Origin: 1909ish-1915ish, with a second wave after WWI. Italy mainly, with a Russian spin-off.


General: daring, violent, mad. Fuck art critics.  Nationalist. Fascinated by chrono-types (early form of moving picture). Interseted in whole experience so may try to represent more than just the visual in their visual based works (which sounds quite difficult). “Their aim was to portray sensations as a “synthesis of what one remembers and of what one sees”, and to capture what they called the ‘force lines’ of objects.” [ArtMovements]. [Wiki: Boccioni’s States of Mind example] “Lines of force” implying direction of object. “Emotional ambiance” exterior combined with interior reaction (so a representation of subject-object relation? but on all of surrounding reality- object in relation to its surroundings).

Universal Dynamism– “Objects in reality were not separate from one another or from their surroundings” [Wiki] Also appears to be movement, all at once, “simultaneity”.


+Antheil’s Ballet Mechanique is gorrrrgggeeeoouuuussssssssss (if music can be so)
+Marinetti’s Zang Tumb Tumb sound poem is great, and modernist I think.