Futurism: An Anthology
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In 1909, F.T. Marinetti published his incendiary Futurist Manifesto, proclaiming, “We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!!” and “There, on the earth, the earliest dawn!” Intent on delivering Italy from “its fetid cancer of professors, archaeologists, tour guides, and antiquarians,” the Futurists imagined that art, architecture, literature, and music would function like a machine, transforming the world rather than merely reflecting it. But within a decade, Futurism's utopian ambitions were being wedded to Fascist politics, an alliance that would tragically mar its reputation in the century to follow.
Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Futurism, this is the most complete anthology of Futurist manifestos, poems, plays, and images ever to bepublished in English, spanning from 1909 to 1944. Now, amidst another era of unprecedented technological change and cultural crisis, is a pivotal moment to reevaluate Futurism and its haunting legacy for Western civilization.
more we fling our challenge to the stars! You raise objections? . . . Stop! Stop! We know them . . . We’ve understood! . . . The refined and mendacious mind tells us that we are the summation and continuation of our ancestors—maybe! Suppose it so! But what difference does it make? We don’t want to listen! . . . Woe to anyone who repeats those infamous words to us! Lift up your heads! Standing erect on the summit of the world, yet once more we fling our challenge to the stars!5 53 Founding and
wheels, skating along, and now it’s rising again in flight!! . . . I’m flying against the headwind! . . . Bravo for the madmen! . . . Continue the massacre! . . . Look! I’ve cut off the motor and I’m gliding down quietly, with magnificent stability, to land where the fight is raging hottest! Here is the furious copulation of battle, the gigantic vulva stirred by the friction of courage, monstrous vulva that spreads open the better to offer itself to the terrific spasm of our coming victory! It’s
tutor? This is how we deny the obsessing splendor of the dead centuries and collaborate with victorious Mechanics, the force that grips the earth in its network of speed. We are collaborating with mechanics in destroying the old poetry of distance and wild solitudes, the exquisite nostalgia of departure, and in its place we urge the tragic lyricism of ubiquity and omnipresent speed. Our Futurist sensibility, in fact, is no longer moved by the dark mystery of an unexplored valley, of a mountain
infinity and an internal plastic infinity; hence objects really never come to an end, but intersect each other with infinite combinations of attraction or repulsion. 10. We must destroy the systematic nude and the traditional concept behind statuary and monuments. 11. We must courageously refuse to accept commissions for any work, no matter how high a price is offered, which does not, in itself, involve a pure construction of plastic elements which have been completely renewed. TECHNICAL
In the middle of those smashed Bam-Booombs range 50 square kilometers to bounce sweepings cuttings fists batteries in rapid fire Violence fierceness regularity this low weighty surging the strange madmen agitated taut from the battle Fury torment ears eyes nostrils open! straining! force! What pleasure to see to hear to smell everything everything taratatatata of the machine guns to squeal breathless under bites slaps traack-traack lashes pic-pac-pum-boom oddities leaps height 200 meters of the