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: http://www.paul-andruss.com/futurist-manifesto/
You can read all the posts that Paul Andruss has contributed to Smorgasbord in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/