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Katia Pizzi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097096

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526121219

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At the frontier of futurismo

At the frontier of futurismo

(p.125) 4 At the frontier of futurismo
Italian Futurism and the Machine

Katia Pizzi

Manchester University Press

Postwar futurismo included Anarchists and Socialists, such as Vinicio Paladini, Ivo Pannaggi, Avgust Cernigoj and Ruggero Vasari. This chapter explores the manner in which radical futurists welcomed the machine as a conduit of proletarian redemption and harbinger of new social and class orders. Austere and ascetic, utopian or dystopian, an emblem of rigour and discipline to engage with in the factory, the machine was instrumental in exploding social hierarchies. Conversant with the Bauhaus, voluntarily or forcibly exiled and in tension with the reactionary futurist officialdom back home, left-wing futurists were marked by a perpetual displacement and dislocated, frontier identities. The chapter includes a section on futurist music (especially Silvio Mix).

Keywords:   Vinicio Paladini, Ivo Pannaggi, Avgust Cernigoj, Ruggero Vasari, Silvio Mix, Exile, Futurist music, Techno-utopia/dystopia

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