February 25, 2009

100 Years of the Futurist Manifesto,1909.

The Futurist Manifesto was a brutal program of provocation – a prequel for the ideology of Fascism. In it, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti expressed an absolute aversion of everything old. Herein lies the power of the power of manifesto: the total rejection of the past. In case of the futurist architect Antonio Sant'elia it led to great drawings. The Futurist Manifesto, however, is disgusting.

Antonio Sant'elia

The Futurist Manifesto:
  1. We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of danger and of temerity.
  2. The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, daring, and revolt.
  3. Literature having up to now magnified thoughtful immobility, ecstasy, and sleep, we want to exalt the aggressive gesture, the feverish insomnia, the athletic step, the perilous leap, the box on the ear, and the fisticuff.
  4. We declare that the world's wonder has been enriched by a fresh beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car with its trunk adorned by great exhaust pipes like snakes with an explosive breath ... a roaring car that seems to be driving under shrapnel, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
  5. We want to sing the man who holds the steering wheel, whose ideal stem pierces the Earth, itself launched on the circuit of its orbit.
  6. The poet must expend himself with warmth, refulgence, and prodigality, to increase the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
  7. There is no more beauty except in struggle. No masterpiece without an aggressive character. Poetry must be a violent attack against the unknown forces, summoning them to lie down before man.
  8. We stand on the far promontory of centuries!... What is the use of looking behind us, since our task is to smash the mysterious portals of the impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We live already in the absolute, since we have already created the eternal omnipresent speed.
  9. We want to glorify war - the only hygiene of the world - militarism, patriotism, the anarchist's destructive gesture, the fine Ideas that kill, and the scorn of woman.
  10. We want to demolish museums, libraries, fight against moralism, feminism, and all opportunistic and utilitarian cowardices.
  11. We shall sing the great crowds tossed about by work, by pleasure, or revolt…

the manifesto was published in Le Figaro on 20 February 1909