Monday, February 16, 2009

Postmodernism, the kinder, gentler Futurism.

  • “The oldest among us are not yet thirty years old: we have therefore at least ten years to accomplish our task. When we are forty let younger and stronger men than we throw us in the waste paper basket like useless manuscripts!” -Futurist manifesto – F. T. Marinetti, 1909
  • “From an architecture conceived in this way no formal or linear habit can grow, since the fundamental characteristics of Futurist architecture will be its impermanence and transience. Things will endure less than us. Every generation must build its own city.” - Manifesto of Futurist Architecture - Antonio Sant’Elia
To the postmodernist, truths are transient, and by who we are, when we are and where we are.
The Futurists wanted to throw out the old and bring in the new, rinse, repeat.

I wonder what John Lennon would have been like if he'd been borne 50 years earlier. Would he have adopted the Let It Be of postmodernism, possibly even made many of the great initial thoughts on it, or turned into the kind of fascist the futurists morphed into?

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