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Italian Futurism and the Machine$
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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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Between technodialogism and cosmic idealism

Between technodialogism and cosmic idealism

(p.170) 5 Between technodialogism and cosmic idealism
Italian Futurism and the Machine

Katia Pizzi

Manchester University Press

Through an examination of ‘arte meccanica’ and the ‘spiritual’ machine, this chapter marks the transition to a later development: aerofuturismo. In concert with Fascist postwar investment in the aviation industry, aerofuturism further aimed to transcend the materiality of machines, leading to disembodied, ‘spiritual’ devices. This chapter discusses Enrico Prampolini and Fillia, their transnational cultural promotions and pursuit of cosmic and mystical machines, tapping into the symbolic value of a machine designed to elevate humankind to mystical heavens.

Keywords:   Enrico Prampolini, Arte meccanica, Spiritual machine, Aerofuturismo, Aviation industry, Fillia, Symbolic, Cosmic

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