Il genio del Secondo Futurismo Fiorentino tra macchina e spirito

Angelo Longo Editore
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2013, 1
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This book explores the theory of creativity in the Second Florentine Futurism avant-garde movement (1916-1918), and brings to light a distinctive trend within Italian Futurism. It challenges theoretical positions which claim that this group of young poets and artists centred in Florence focussed on the `unconscious activities of the spirit rather than paying tribute to the `machine worshipped by the Milanese Futurists and argues that technology did significantly affect the groups theoretical framework, bringing Futurism into new literary and aesthetic territories. The aesthetics of the machine influenced the Florentine Futurists exploration of inner life in two ways: the machine embodied the dynamism of reality and brought to the inner processes a new level of speed to be channelled into the work of art. Furthermore, the rationalist, objective approach inherent to technical civilization led the group to develop a scientific, cerebral theory of creativity. This theory of creativity was a theory of discovery of unpredictable relationships between seemingly distant elements, accelerated, brought together and represented by the `genius. This book draws on an extensive body of theoretical and creative literary writings, as well as unpublished correspondence between two of the main figures of the movement (Bruno Corra and Emilio Settimelli).
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