Futurism Week: Futurist Painters Become Performers “The gesture for us will no longer be a fixed moment of universal dynamism: it will be decisively the dynamic sensation made eternal”, they had declared. With equally ill-defined insistence on “activity” and “change” and an art “which finds its components in its surroundings”, the Futurist painters turned to performance as the most direct means of forcing an audience to take notes on their ideas.
Performance was the surest means of disrupting a complacent public. It gave artists license to be both “creators” in developing a new form of artists’ theatre, and “art objects” in that they made no separation between their art as poets as painters or as performers.
Subsequent manifestos made these intentions very clear: they instructed painters to “go out into the street, launch assaults from theatres and introduce the fistcuff into the artistic battle”. And true to form, this is what they did.
Audience response was no less hectic - missiles of potatoes, oranges, and whatever else the enthusiastic public could lay their hands on from nearby markets, flew at the performers. Carra on one such occasion, retaliated with: “Throw an idea instead of potatoes, idiots!” RoseLee Goldberg “Performance Art” #futurism #performanceart #italianfuturism #marinetti #carra #boccioni #russolo #balla #severini #art #painters #artist #nyc #ny #manifesto #performance #performer #futurist #1910s #ideas