A Football Art Masterclass: Futurism

We are, as some of you will be aware, already covering the wonderful world of literature here on Twohundredpercent with The Seven Ages Of Fan, but now it’s time to delve into the world of art as well. Cafe Calcio is broadcast on London’s Resonance FM on Friday evenings at 9.00pm. You don’t have to be in London to tune in, though. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can can listen to it anywhere from here, and you can also catch up on previous episodes on their Posterous site. One of the running themes behind their second series is the link between football and art, and we are delighted to be able  to present Chris Roberts’ primer on the art movement known as Futurism, which will be discussed in greater details on their show this evening. Be sure to tune in. Futurism was a  – largely – Italian avant-garde art movement that took speed, technology and modernity as its inspiration and portrayed the dynamic character of 20th century life and the machine age. Filippo Marinetti’s first manifesto of Futurism appeared in 1909 and painters in the movement attempted to portray sensations as a “synthesis of what one remembers and of what one sees”, and to capture what they called the ‘force lines’ of objects. Some of the lines in their manifesto are worth quoting: 1. We want to sing...

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