Futurism, Vorticism, “Poor Theatre”


  • inspired be early industrialisation, technology achievements, such as car, aeroplane etc, the youthful aspiration of a new generation of artists.
  • Futurism is usually concidered withon the broader line
  • Futurism is the complete ignoring, turning away from the past and only focusing to the future. It started from (Filippo Tommasi Marinetti was the guy who wrote the manifesto if futurism) Italy in the beginning of the 20th century. This was because Italy felt a strong oppressive weight of the past cultures.
  • Futurists proposed to create art inspired and based on technology and industry.
  • Futurist painting used elements of neo-impressionism and cubism to create compositions  that expressed the idea of the dynamism, the energy and movement, of modern life. (http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/f/futurism)
  • Movement could be used as one of the keywords for futurism: movement as looking and moving forward, not stopping, but developing – a never ending progress. But also physical moving as speed what the technology now could offer, plus never ending progress movement which is speeded by the technology.


  • vorticism is considered as a British futurism movement
  • The vorticists were a British avant-garde group formed in London in 1914 with the aim of creating art that expressed the dynamism of the modern world
  • vorticist painting combines cubism and and hard edged imagery derived from an urban environment and machines


1912 giacomo dinamisimo ni un al guinzaglio (dynamism of a dog on a leash) by Giacomo Balla

The reality of the “Machine Age” became real through WWI when all the firstly nice and positive machinery industry was used against another human being in masses for the first time.

Grotowski’s Poor Theatre

Antonin Artaud – Body Without Organs: a scrisophenic view
have a look at: http://www.generation-online.org/p/fpdeleuze2.htm

Einsten on the beach 1975: http://www.operaleague.org/portals/0/bobbernardscorner/pdffiles/brainstorm.5.pdf

Walter Benjamin essay “The Work of Art in the Mechanical Age”

Blast Therory – can you see me now: a virtual/real game with some players physically on the streets catching virtual players in a virtual city which is an exact copy of the real city

S/N Dumb Type – a computer/technology drived performance aka digital performance in 1994 Japan


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