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Luigi Russolo, Futurist: Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult Paperback – March 31, 2012
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"In the spirit of the project, a review of it could simply read (to paraphrase a portmanteau word made up by Futurist Giacomo Balla in 1920): Chessa splendidwavesintonednoiseswordsluminousssss!"--"The Wire"
"Reconciles Russolo's artistic temperament, spiritual awakenings, and philosophical entanglements."--"Performa Magazine"
"Luciano Chessa reconstructs Russolo's life through ambitious archival research, uncovering . . . how the artist's eccentric interests influenced his creative output."--Maria Popova"Brainpickings.org" (04/30/2012)
Luciano Chessa reconstructs Russolo s life through ambitious archival research, uncovering . . . how the artist s eccentric interests influenced his creative output. --Maria Popova"Brainpickings.org" (04/30/2012)"
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This book is timely, and merits the attention of a wider audience. Luigi Russolo, futurista makes a compelling argument that radically revises our views on a major creative figure of the twentieth century. Luciano Chessa provides vast amounts of information on the ideas and trends that influenced the Futurists, and offers a wealth of insight and observations that point the way for further research on avant-garde music and art in the twentieth century.”Paul DeMarinis, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
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Well that is now no longer the case. Chessa's book, published in March of this year fills this scholarly musicological gap quite well. The book provides a comprehensive picture of the cultural milieu of the Italian Futurist movement embracing visual as well as musical arts as it developed in the early twentieth century prior to, during and after the first world war and into the second.
The cultural milieu was heavily steeped in the Theosophy movement, an exploration of various ecstatic and esoteric spiritual practices which flourished as the practice of Spiritualism was waning in popularity. Both practices shared an interest in the after life but Theosophy was perhaps more comprehensive as adherents explored various eastern religions and practices in search of answers about consciousness before, during and after life itself as well as the interactions between the material and the spiritual. Both Spiritualism and Theosophy along with the immediate thought content philosophical theories of Henri Bergson (1859-1941) informed the futurists as they, along with the rest of society began to explore the impact and implications of the industrial revolution and discoveries like electric light, recording machines, x-rays and radio.Read more ›