Sara De Roo, Sascha Bru, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Danny De Vos & Dirk van Bastelaere [B]

Futuristisch manifest revisited

19.02.2009

Radical modern

On 20th February 1909, the first Futurist Manifesto, by Marinetti, appeared on the front page of Le Figaro. He and his associates pronounced nineteenth-century Romanticism and Symbolism stone-dead. They proposed a new and radical modern art to the greater glory of speed, danger, rebellion and progress (technological and other). The violent declaration of the principles of Futurism signalled the start of a long series of 20th-century avant-gardes.

Exactly one hundred years later, the demands and expectations of the time are being reviewed and commemorated in Brussels. After a ‘performed’ reading of the manifesto by Sara de Roo (tg Stan) and clarification by the Marinetti expert Sascha Bru (Ghent University), the writer Jeroen Olyslaeghers, artist Danny De Vos and poet Dirk van Bastelaere will respond to several key concepts in the manifesto.