The inheritance of Futurism
From the apex one can descend or fly away

by Jizaino, 14 October 2007

The Futurism, what it was, a movement looking into the progress, with no respect for the stillness, hymning to the frenzy of the creation, of the conquering of new peaks.

In 2004 Osvaldo Peruzzi died; he is considered the last Futurist. The last? It seems that this movement is by now dead, however it is founded on a fundamental concept which is valid in any epoch: the progress, not wanting to necessarily define it a positive thing. How the Futurism has evolved? Where it has gone? In what it has transformed to?

The GAMeC of Bergamo (Italy) in this period proposes a big exhibition entitled "The future of the Futurism", placing the Masters of that movement side by side to contemporary artists, somehow looking for connections.

However my opinion is that we live in an epoch of afterthought; generally the Art potentially shows an introspective personality, of existential contemplation, of pondering.

The reason for this hesitation of the artistic expression is because the contemporary western society is already living an epoch founded on this Futurism.
Firstly we have to imagine the epoch that preceded the Futurism, before the XX century, and also antecedently, before the industrial revolution: the individual rhythms seemed to flow slowly, the people had a relaxed behaviour and the pondering of the concepts was a custom; in this context the Futurism rose, like a wish to accelerate, to shift the statics humankind, even in the danger to provoke its collapse.

Here it is, the Futurism has shifted the society, or at least it has been witness of its dangerous agitations. The contemporary society was born therefore exactly from those disquietudes, and in fact it has assimilated the Futurism, used as a fundamental part of its own culture.
The contemporary western society is Futurism: techno-music, high speed, we all live with a chronometer on the wrist, prey of the anxiety to lose the opportunities, we all produce without control, we all accelerate in every field with scorn of the danger, we all act careless of the consequences, we all have no time. Having an aid also from the affirmations of ancient memento mori, the modernity has pushed us to move anywhere without rest.

Here it is, in this context proposing the Futurism does not make sense any more, because the Futurism is already the soul of the society. The Futurist mind has been already awarded by the economic and social structure, it has already known the glory.

And after having seen the apex of Futurism, for its sons perhaps now it is already time for a Pastism.

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