Loved it. A hundred years ago, the theme of speed defined the art movement that became futurism. There’s a corollary, or at least a parallel with Google and everything now in digital. Against that, the works focused on the street, the relationship with Cubism, and the joyful nature of the cabaret below still make it human despite the harsh technological focus and fascist connections.
Found this which attempts to define futurism:
The Futurists loved speed, noise, machines, pollution, and cities; they embraced the exciting new world that was then upon them rather than hypocritically enjoying the modern world’s comforts while loudly denouncing the forces that made them possible. Fearing and attacking technology has become almost second nature to many people today; the Futurist manifestos show us an alternative philosophy.
Too bad they were all Fascists.
Synopsis that grabbed me on Marinetti:
“Marinetti was a master of publicity, and his writings and dealings with the public and press set the tone for the controversies surrounding Futurism. The movement was defined by the manifestoes and books that he published, which were distributed in many languages. As well as art, Marinetti wanted to revolutionise writing itself. He promoted the idea of ‘words-in-freedom’, liberating language through radical poetic and typographical techniques: ‘Condensed metaphors. Telegraphic images. Maximum vibrations. Nodes of thought.’
I became a member of Tate earlier in the month and it’s a great thing if you’re in London a chunk of the time, need somewhere to hang out, snack, eat, meet friends, use members room (closed in Sept; prefer walking about chatting personally most of the time). Great value as an alternative to a membership of a private club.