Tuesday, 11 December 2007

City of Sound

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The Italian Futurist Book

MANIFESTO OF FUTURISM Le Figaro, 20th February 1909 - Paris


1. We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and rashness.
2. The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt.
3. Literature has up to now magnified pensive immobility, ecstasy and slumber. We want to exalt movements of aggression, feverish sleeplessness, the double march, the perilous leap, the slap and the blow with the fist.
4. We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath ... a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
5. We want to sing the man at the wheel, the ideal axis of which crosses the earth, itself hurled along its orbit.
6. The poet must spend himself with warmth, glamour and prodigality to increase the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
7. Beauty exists only in struggle. There is no masterpiece that has not an aggressive character. Poetry must be a violent assault on the forces of the unknown, to force them to bow before man.
8. We are on the extreme promontory of the centuries! What is the use of looking behind at the moment when we must open the mysterious shutters of the impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We are already living in the absolute, since we have already created eternal, omnipresent speed.
9. We want to glorify war - the only cure for the world - militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas which kill, and contempt for woman.
10. We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice.
11. We will sing of the great crowds agitated by work, pleasure and revolt; the multi-colored and polyphonic surf of revolutions in modern capitals: the nocturnal vibration of the arsenals and the workshops beneath their violent electric moons: the gluttonous railway stations devouring smoking serpents; factories suspended from the clouds by the thread of their smoke; bridges with the leap of gymnasts flung across the diabolic cutlery of sunny rivers: adventurous steamers sniffing the horizon; great-breasted locomotives, puffing on the rails like enormous steel horses with long tubes for bridle, and the gliding flight of aeroplanes whose propeller sounds like the flapping of a flag and the applause of enthusiastic crowds.

Friday, 30 November 2007

First Artists meeting @ Blank

Some fotos from Sunday y'all...

Meeting thoughts

Very much enjoyed our first meeting. Felt very positive at the end due to the great breadth, and just as importantly depth, of the work that was presented. I'm on the project to help disseminate the manifesto, but if any of you want help or would like to collaborate on a technology-based piece, let me know.

Good luck all in your other non-futurist (presentist?) pursuits and hope to see you soon.


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

A starting point for research...

http://www.ubu.com (the best resource on the internet for everything to do with sound art in all its forms and a great source of written material as well, such as the futurist Art of Noises manifesto)
http://www.danielelombardi.it/index_Cycle/cyclenew3.html (the woman responsible for reconstructing Russolo's intonarumori)
http://www.estorickcollection.com/home.aspx (The Estorick Collection - a private collection in London of futurist art works)
http://singlenesia.com/eris/dada/manifesto1 (the first dada manifesto - notice the language and how similar it is to certain strands of junk emails)
http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/ ( a good basic introduction to futurism)
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2174986,00.html ( a great article about changing perceptions of city soundscapes)

Monday, 12 November 2007

Awake fellow futurists!

We must not be afraid to…

Rush headlong into a thunderous future Tear down the walls of the academies Attack mediocrity at every turn Terrorise and disable all bureaucracy Celebrate NOISE in all its disruptive and rapturous forms