Constructing Movements in Art and Design Week 3 – Futurism

I was looking forward to this lecture, after last week’s, and it didn’t disappoint. As a continuation of the time we’re looking at, this week we moved away from cubism to look at Futurism. I found this week really interesting because of the radical different between cubism from the week before, and the work, and ideas that were being put forwards by the futurists.

The futurists were an overtly political movement, with a desire look to the future, leaving behind the art of the past. Revelling in anything modern and mechanical, the futurists spread their manifestos through the use of newspapers to put their ideas in wide circulation, even from this early point the futurists were try to hit a wide audience. This group of artists were passionate about their work, so impassionate that they were almost hectic in their approach, ranting because they were so fuelled on their own ideas of art. Again we see the emergence of an Avant-garde movement.

The futurists up held the ideas of modernisation and industrialisation, especially with their sculptures and architecture, taking things back to only their necessary function, stripping away unnecessary decoration.  This impression was radically transforming the way in which people saw the world. Within Futurism we see the definition between what is considered art and what is considered life becoming weaker.

The workings of the futurists got more and more aggressive, they wanted their audience to become participants in their work so they purposely irritated and angered them to cause confrontation that they then wanted to spread out onto the streets of Italy. Futurism strove to literally transform everything, they made art that was centred around the discontinuity of the city, focusing on the energy and movement. The Futurists artists Marinetti inspired two movements which followed, Russian Constructivism and English Vorticism.

I found the thoughts and concepts of futurism quite interesting, how they were radically different and completely impassioned with their opinion of what art should be.


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