By Ale Erjavec
Contributors. John E. Bowlt, Sascha Bru, Ales Erjavec, Tyrus Miller, Raymond Spiteri, Miško Šuvakovic
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Futurism’s aesthetic practice, on the one hand, and its definition of art, on the other, were to remain inseparable. Particularly throughout the first phase of the movement Marinetti made sure to stress time after time that the movement did not hold a clearly delineated program. ”29 In a similar manner futurism never defined art in positive terms beyond the basic idea of art-Â� action. As a result, which types of inaesthetic practices it would include in its project was essentially kept open. Yet futurism from the outset also evinced that political practice or practical politics would one day be included in the action radius of art as well.
9. Szabolcsi, “Ka nekim pitanjima revolucionarne avangarde,” 14. 10. Groys, The Total Art of Stalinism, 14. 11. Bürger, Theory of the Avant-Â�Garde, 49. In his 1974 study, Bürger introduces the concept of “historical” avant-Â�gardes, which encompasses both artistic and aesthetic avant-Â�gardes. He finds the notion applicable “primarily to Dadaism and early Surrealism,” to the “Russian avant-Â�garde after the October revolution,” and “with certain limitations” also to “Italian Futurism and German Expressionism” (109n4).
17 An avid reader of Rozenkranz, Baudelaire in turn looked to beautify the ugly. The title of his most famous book of poetry is obviously telling in this respect: Les Fleurs du mal. Thematically introducing in poetry aspects of everyday life that before had no place there— extreme poverty, subjects dying, carcasses, and so on—Baudelaire further praised Goya’s portrayal of ugly, monstrous figures, because of their imaginative power. 18 Yet with Baudelaire the realm of the inaesthetic was further enlarged to include not only all given aspects of life outside art, but also all potential products of the imagination artists and writers could censor while producing art.
Aesthetic Revolutions and Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements by Ale Erjavec