The “Futurist Manifesto” is one of the best documents by Marinetti and his colleagues. The artists wrote the document in 1909. The individuals wanted a new change in the world of art. According to the authors, change was something meaningful and necessary. They even embraced war and violence as part of their new expectations. War or violence was a new sign of courage.
The situation presented a sense of rashness and energy. Violence was also common practice during the period. The authors of the manifesto wanted to embrace audacity and courage. They viewed these elements as critical towards the success of art. The “style of art exalted new strengths and movements of aggression” (Marinetti 1). This new approach was critical towards discontinuing the traditional practices of their ancestors. The authors “also explained how beauty existed in violence and struggle” (Marinetti 2).
The manifesto also embraced the significance of motion and speed. The authors supported the importance of speed because it is the best opportunity for every artist. Speed had become a new beauty in their world. Speed and motion had become the best elements for better practice. These aggressive elements would ensure every future artist produced the best artworks (Pareles 5). It was appropriate for artists to create eternal speeds for their works. The practice would promote new concepts such as patriotism. It would also result in new beauty and admiration. According to the authors, these elements were critical towards promoting a new beginning in the world of art.
The authors of the “Futurist Manifesto” also predicted what would happen after ten years. The artists would become outdated and insignificant in the society. They expected younger artists to replace them after ten years. Such artists were going to ignore their artworks and focus on their poems. This would be the end for these poets and musicians. The newcomers “were ready to glorify themselves and ignore the works of these old guards” (Marinetti 3).
Marinetti, Filippo 1909. The Futurist Manifesto. PDF file.
Pareles, Jon. “The Dixie Chicks: America Catches Up With Them.” New York Times 28 May. 2006: 1-7. Print.