‘Out of touch’
F. T. Marinetti’s Il tattilismo and the Futurist critique of separation
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At the Theatre de l'oeuvre in Paris, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founding father of Futurism, presented what he claimed to be a new form of art: Tactilism, or the Art of Touch. He read aloud Il tattilismo. Manifesto futurista that he had allegedly conceived the summer before while bathing in Antignano, on the Tuscan coast near Livorno, and that he had penned for the occasion. The Manifesto of Tactilism belongs to a transitional period in Marinetti's activity, after the euphoric early years of Futurism and the demise of the movement during the First World War. As a genuine avant-gardist invention, tactilism was designed to become an instrument to implement a total revolution of perception, reconfiguring social and living experiences of the human being, to obliterate the modern separation between art and life praxis.

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