Why would you want to oppose pasta, the painting of portraits or the use of film music? Who would ever ban the use of diagonals in a painting or aim at making auto-destructive art works? In the early years of the 20th
Century the Futurists revolutionized the world. In a manifesto (a text genre used by Marx and Engels to launch communism in 1848) they indicated they wanted another world, another kind of art, a new type of literature. The following decades scores of artists and movements followed in their footsteps: the Dadaists during the First World War, Surrealists in Paris, De Stijl in Holland, Dogma in Denmark, Pussy Riot in Russia... time and again strong words were used to make clear how the world (of politics, art, fashion, city planning, cooking, the cinema...) should be changed.
In this course we study the history of modern art and modern literature, reading these manifestos, including some of the most canonized texts in modern culture, but also lesser known proclamations from Latin America, the Arab World and Japan.
Students study these texts, but also related films and art works.
This course is part of the minor Visual Culture and Society.
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment
. See for more information: https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/