Art &Technology
- Futurism

Futurism started when Marinetti and his fellow musicians, artists and poets published the Futurist manifestos in various newspapers. Almost at the same time when Marinetti shocked the world in his "Le Figaro" manifesto, Russian futurists explored the terrain of multi-disciplinary artistic experiments. The Futurists loved speed, noise, machines, pollution, and cities. During the same time a futurist movement came into existence in Italy and in Russia. Politically the Russian Futurists differed a lot from their Italian colleagues, the later sympathizing with Mussolini and promoting war and destruction. The Russian futurists however - though subscribing to a similar aesthetic line - had much less inclination towards death and decadence and promoted an aesthetical as well as political revolution.

Filippo Tomasio Marinetti, Fortuno Depero, Giacomo Balla, Luigi Russolo, David Burliuk, Alexander Kruchenykh, Vladmir Mayakovsky, and Victor Khlebnikov

Fig.: Photocollage of Marinetti by Coletti

Futurism was an international art movement founded in Italy in 1909. It was in strict contrast to the weepy sentimentalism of Romanticism. The Futurists loved speed, noise, machines, pollution, and cities; they embraced the exciting new world that was then upon them rather than hypocritically enjoying the modern worldís comforts while loudly denouncing the forces that made them possible. Fearing and attacking technology has become almost second nature to many people today; the Futurist manifestos show us an alternative philosophy. There have been authors like Karen Pinkus who recently tried to describe Futurism with the notion of "Proto-Punk" (in an article in Speed Kills magazin). The musical output of futurism is quite negligable. The musical works often cling to romantic musical forms and rarely reach the radical consistence of the manifestos. It is therefore worthwhile to study the Futurists' manifestos.


Neo-Futurism, Proto Punk