Monday, July 27, 2009

Neo-Futurism and Art

Ever heard of the Futurist Movement? Originated in the 20th Century Italian cities? Headed by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and his precarious Futurist Manifesto. The Manifesto is a must read. I have it here, compliments of Wikipedia, in case you must read it:

Manifesto of Futurism

  1. We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness.

  2. Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry.

  3. Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggresive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.

  4. We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath—a roaring car that seems to ride on grapeshot is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.

  5. We want to hymn the man at the wheel, who hurls the lance of his spirit across the Earth, along the circle of its orbit.

  6. The poet must spend himself with ardor, splendor, and generosity, to swell the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.

  7. Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.

  8. We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!... Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.

  9. 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.

  10. We will destroy the museums, libraries, academies of every kind, will fight moralism, feminism, every opportunistic or utilitarian cowardice.

  11. We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capitals; we will sing of the vibrant nightly fervor of arsenals and shipyards blazing with violent electric moons; greedy railway stations that devour smoke-plumed serpents; factories hung on clouds by the crooked lines of their smoke; bridges that stride the rivers like giant gymnasts, flashing in the sun with a glitter of knives; adventurous steamers that sniff the horizon; deep-chested locomotives whose wheels paw the tracks like the hooves of enormous steel horses bridled by tubing; and the sleek flight of planes whose propellers chatter in the wind like banners and seem to cheer like an enthusiastic crowd.
So, with that ridiculous manifesto, here is some of the Theatrical Art produced by the Neo-Futurists of our beloved generation.

Other videos of Neo-Futuristic Theater consists of lights flashing, people talking absurdities, and sporadic dancing. It is speed in its essence. I picked this video, not necessarily for its content, but for its style. It is quick acting, quintessential of the movement. Read into the meaning and you might find some extra ties. Here is some Futurist sculpture art:


  1. I am disgusted by the fact that human beings like us can talk about destruction and danger as though it is a fun thing to do or be involved in. I like the way your blog is presented in a very organized and intellectual way, keep it up!

  2. I liked the video clip, it was a little weird but funny.