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Italian futurism and the machine

Author: Katia Pizzi
Publisher: Manchester, MI : Manchester University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first interdisciplinary exploration of machine culture in Italian futurism after the First World War. The machine was a primary concern for the futuristi. As well as being a material tool in the factory it was a social and political agent, an aesthetic emblem, a metonymy of modernity and international circulation and a living symbol of past crafts and technologies. Exploring literature, the visual and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katia Pizzi
ISBN: 9780719097096 0719097096
OCLC Number: 1077483786
Description: x, 304 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Futurismo and the machine --
1.1. The machine: science and technics --
1.2. A philosophy of praxis --
1.3. Questions concerning technology --
1.4. Pathways to modernity --
1.5. Migratory modernism --
1.6. Futurismo and the machine --
2. Mechanical mach(in)ismo: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti --
2.1. Constructing the futurist machine --
2.2. Imaginary capital --
2.3. The First World War and technology --
2.4. The cyborg --
2.5. `The phosphorescent idiot' --
2.6. Machines and materials --
3. Style of steel: Fortunato Depero in `dynamoland' --
3.1. The lathe and the loom --
3.2. The natural artificial --
3.3. Acciaio: prince of metals --
3.4. A futurist in New York --
3.4a. Skyscrapers --
4. At the frontier of futurismo --
4.1. Frontier futurism: Avgust Cernigoj --
4.2. Vinicio Paladini --
4.2a. Replacing the cross with technology --
4.2b. The drift towards immaginismo --
4.3. Mechanical ballets and the demise of the machine --
4.3a. Balletto meccanico futurista --
4.3b. The swan song of the machine --
4.4. Music machines --
5. Between technodialogism and cosmic idealism --
5.1. Arte meccanica --
5.1a. Arte meccanica and polimaterici --
5.1b. Mechanical theatre and film --
5.2. Cultural operations and logistics --
5.3. Fillia: the spiritual as posthuman --
5.4. Inroads into aerofuturism --
6. From aerodancing technobodies to dysfunctional machines --
6.1. Aerofuturismo --
6.2. Aeromania, the aviation industry and fascismo --
6.3. Aeropoetry and aeropainting --
6.3a. Aeropoesia --
6.3b. Aeropittura --
6.3c. Aeropainting: a woman's practice? --
6.4. Aerodance --
6.4a. Futurist dance --
6.4b. Giannina Censi --
6.4c. Simultanina --
6.4d. Aerodancing the technological body --
6.5. Quantum levities --
6.5a. Dematerialising bodies in motion: fotodinamica and futurist photography --
6.5b. Bruno Munari: futurist beginnings --
6.5c. A machine counterculture: `my useless machines' --
Conclusion: Ex machina.
Responsibility: Katia Pizzi.

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