At the same time as the Dada movement was finding followers in Japan, the Futurists were also gaining ground. The leading exponent, the artist Tai Kambara, published the first Japanese Futurist poem, “The Dynamism of the Automobile”, in Shincho magazine in 1917. One translated excerpt…Continue
Yesterday was the 89th anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake, the seismic event that destroyed Tokyo at the end of the Taisho Period. At the beginning of the Emperor Taisho's reign, however, 12 years before, the nation was rocked by shock waves of a different kind - the radical cultural…Continue
Right from his very first works in the mid-seventies, the French musician, writer and musicologist Jean-Marc Vivenza doesn't conceal the fact that he belongs to the both theoretical and political bond linking him to the Italian Futurist and Russian Constructivist movements. The propositions about formal, plastic noise from these two currents are the only theorical sources that haven't really been developed ever. Both a composer and a philosophe, Jean-Marc Vivenza actually calls his…Continue
"The changing perspectives of flight constitute an absolutely new reality that has nothing in common with the reality traditionally constituted by a terrestrial perspective.
These were two quotes from a 1929 Futurist manifesto,…Continue
Content is nothing. Looks are everything. We've seen great works of art created to advertise cheap soap or mediocre movies.
With books, looks are often inferior to content, but sometimes the opposite is true. Even a statistics handbook can become a work of art, provided with appropriate cover. That's what Lyubov Popova has done for the Russian Postage & Telegraph Statistics, 1921 (above):…Continue
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Is there a place for commercial art in a "classic" Socialist society?
The obvious answer is "no". Everything's nationalized, planned and centralized, thus eliminating competition between manufacturers, services and brands. So what's left to advertise? But this answer is obvious only to those who do not understand the needs of such society and its rulers. There's still a need to promote important, although not compulsory, initiatives like investment into government bonds*…Continue
Early 1930s, before the Abyssinian War. Magazines are packed with ads.
Of course, we've seen some spectacular examples of Italian advertising. But this set, brought to us by…Continue
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Sometimes one article is not enough. And it's exactly the case.
More than a year ago I posted a story of Fortunato Depero, the great Italian artist and designer, probably the most…Continue
Originally composed in 1925 by communist VV Mayakovsky, I know of no scholarly translations of this excellent dieselpunk poem. I hereby offer this (poorly) autotranslated version in an attempt to expose The Flying Proletariat to our Western audience. Should you know of a proper translation, or are willing to provide us with one, please contact me. Thank you.…
Antonio Sant'Elia (1888 - 1916) was an Italian architect who built only a small villa - and had a tremendous influence upon the modern architecture.
He was born in Como, Lombardy. A builder by training, he opened a design office in Milan in 1912 and became involved with the Futurist movement. Between 1912 and 1914, influenced by industrial cities of the…Continue
Born in Fondo (in the Italian Trentino region), Depero grew up in Rovereto and it was here he first began exhibiting his works, while serving as an apprentice to a marble worker. It was on a 1913 trip to Florence that he discovered… Continue
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Fine arts' bad boy, a true revolutionary, he ended his days as a Member of Academy and an ally of the most reactionary regime. But he was always… Continue
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