puppet update

Since getting back to school I got my assignment for the semester long puppetry. We are spending all semester working on pieces (10-15 minutes in length) around the theme of Futurism. We began by reading the Futurist Manifesto by Marinetti, and a series of Futurist plays.

My initial reaction to the futurist manifesto was really negative. It has a huge focus on the glorifying of technology, speed, and looking forward rather than back at history. Marinetti describes museums as cemeteries, and war as the worlds only hygiene. All of those things made me uncomfortable. I like art which reflects and believe that history is a important grounding point for the present. My partner and I ended up creating a piece that was a response to the manifesto.

Today we “finished” out story board, which (like everything else) took longer than expected.


protest sketch

Now armed with a notebook full of sketches we are launching into the building process tomorrow.

2 Responses to “puppet update”

  1. mimi says:

    this looks exciting! I found a website about the futurists, but I only got as far as figuring out they were Italian…

  2. eleanor says:

    Yes – Italian. The manifesto was written in 1909, which adds an interesting context – Italy pre-World War One. It rose along side fascism which is interesting. I recommend reading the manifesto.

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