Rethinking interdisciplinarity
Futurist cinema as metamedium
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This chapter shows how the works of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Arnaldo Ginna and Bruno Corra, among others, led Futurism to achieve the total work of art. Their experiments reveal some interesting relationships with the concept of metamedium. The chapter argues that the conception of Futurist cinema links naturally with, and probably helped to spawn, the modern-day explosion in digital multimedia. The idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk survived in the Futurists' techniques of agglutination, which represents the main link with present-day multimedia arts. For Maurizio Scudiero and Enrico Crispolti, The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe was a milestone between the first and second phases of Futurism. One of the reasons that led Futurists to defend interdisciplinary fusion was their willingness to assimilate the elements of modern life into their works. Before avant-garde movements, Futurism announced its enthusiasm for cinematography with the publication of The Futurist Cinema.

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