‘An infinity of living forms, representative of the absolute’?
Reading Futurism with Pierre Albert-Birot as witness, creative collaborator and dissenter
in Back to the Futurists
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This chapter focuses on two examples in which the Futurist influence on Pierre Albert-Birot's thinking and artistic production is most evident. It is in the visual arts that Albert-Birot first gives form to a poetics to which he will constantly return, and at the heart of which is the relationship between text and image. The first example, La guerre was conceived at a turning point in the journey of Albert-Birot's artistic production, and was painted with the planning, drafting and execution of the early issues of SIC. The second example of clear Futurist influence and of collaboration with the Futurists is the early issues of SIC, a period that exemplifies the review as collective adventure and Albert-Birot as creative collaborator. Albert-Birot therefore comes to be a 'witness' to Futurism in the First World War from a position of total obscurity, and of confusion, even ignorance, regarding 'modernity' and the 'avant-garde'.

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