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Italian Futurism

Futurism may look a lot like other European Modernist Movements but there's a darker side. The Manifestos on which the movement is based are often violent, intense and anti-social. Exponents came from both extremes of the political spectrum - fascists and revolutionary leftists.
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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944)

F.T. Marinetti wrote the first Futurist Manifesto in 1909. He managed to get it published on the front page of the main daily newspaper in Rome, since he happened to be engaged to teh publisher's daughter at the time.

Listen to Marinetti reading out his Futurist Manifesto in person! Of course it's in Italian, but it's still really chilling to listen to even if you don't speak Italian - reminds me of Hitler's style.

He also wrote music: ubu.com/sound/marinetti.html




“Noi” (Rome 1917-1920 and 1923-25), the periodical founded by Enrico Prampolini and Bino Sanminiatelli with the aim of connecting the revolutionary experiences of the initial phase of the Futurist movement with the subsequent results of the European avantgarde, to create a common front with participation in exhibitions and debates, and the publication of new manifesti. fdabisso.com/noifuturisti/press.htm

More detail about the Italian Futurist movement in general can be seen in my Design & Cultures 1 unit (for Furniture and Design for Industry students).

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