Futurism

Futurism was an international art movement founded in Italy, with the publication on the front page of the French newspaper Le Figaro on February 20th 1909.

It was (and is) a refreshing 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 world’s 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.

Bellow is a link to the Founding and Manifesto of Futurism (F. T. Marinetti, February 20th 1909).

http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/manifesto.html

From reading this I found it was quite poetic, and showed a sense of minority. It was anachronistic and aggressive, almost like a call to arms. Some may say it shows a ‘clash of intellectuals.’ The writer’s hate of the past and need for dramatic change is definitely portrayed.

Above is Luigi Russolo’s ‘Dynamism of an Automobile’ painted in 1912. He was part of the futurist movement as expressed through his modernistic art. The sharp angled lines meeting in the centre emphasise the car’s movement and speed; the vivid, primary colours bring to attention a sense of new art and change.

The futurists practises in every medium of art: painting, theatre, film, fashion, literature and music to name just a few. One example of Futurism shown in film would be Russian filmmaker Dimitri Krisanoff’s silent film ‘Ménilmontant’ (1926). The film uses many techniques new to the time such as a quick flurry of close-up shots and double exposure. He was a new and experimental filmmaker, who has shown through his work, has been influenced by the Futurist movement.

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