Smorgasbord Reblog – Futurist Manifesto by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

In Paul’s blog this week he looks at the brave new world of those who feel that they can sweep away the old in favour of the new.. usually their own views that they feel they can pressure others to believe in too.  They would like to tell us what we should read, watch, wear and follow. In some cases they want to incite us to violence and war. Head over and find out more about the manifestos that have been published in the last 100 years some of which heralded new trends in fashion, art and music. Some however heralded darker events.

High Kick from Human Motions by Peter Jansen

The Futurist Manifesto, written in Milan by the poet Filippo Marinetti in 1909, vehemently rejected the past in favour of humanity’s technical triumph over nature. It celebrated industrialisation, machinery and speed, especially motor cars and aeroplanes.

Chasing Clouds by Tullio Crali

Some of the declarations in the Manifesto make for strange reading – promoting aggression and violent change, and worshipping youth. ‘The oldest of us is thirty… When we are forty, other younger and stronger men will probably throw us in the wastebasket like useless manuscripts—we want it to happen!’

They dismissed galleries and museums as nothing more than cemeteries for art. They wanted art to be more than a frozen moment. Possibly influenced by cinematography, they claimed: Objects are not separate from each other or their surroundings… A tram is as much its passengers as the urban landscape it moves against.

An idea clearly illustrated in Umberto Boccioni’s Girl Running on a Balcony – which gives a series of images as movement through time.

Head over and enjoy the as always brilliant observations and illustrations:

You can read all the posts that Paul Andruss has contributed to Smorgasbord in this directory:

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

15 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Reblog – Futurist Manifesto by Paul Andruss

  1. Very interesting article. It is amazing how we change as we go through our lives. When we are young we are reckless and strong – we can’t image anything else. As we get older we change and become more tolerant and less intense. I can understand the strong viewpoint from a youngster that the young should rule but imagine how much upheaval and conflict there would be in a world ruled by the youth. Although, of course, the youth have their place in innovation.

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    • I agree Robbie.. and in a way because there are so many young people working in the tech companies and no doubt even more in the future they are leading the world. Perhaps that is a way to change the world if they only recognise that instead of demonstrations that just stir up anti-youth emotions, they realise that by working behind the scenes they can achieve it in a decade. hugs xxx

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    • You know both of you are very wise in your observations. I wonder if our recklessness and strength in youth is part of our absolute belief in our own invulnerability and the knowledge we are the first generation and no one ever felt or thought like that before us! I also wonder if it is part of the delicious lack of responsibility we tend to have in your youth…. probably because we cannot look as far ahead as we now look back…
      Obviously not you Robbie because from where I am standing your are still young…Oh and you too Sally of course… And now I’m going to go before this pit I am digging myself gets much deeper!!!!!

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