Intermedia in Italy 
From Futurism to Digital Convergence

Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug and Giuliana Pieri

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Visual Culture 6

Legenda

  16 June 2024

ISBN: 978-1-839540-88-2 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

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Open Access with doi: 10.59860/vc.b69bb6a

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In Italy at the turn of the twentieth century, the arts drew suddenly closer: a curtain was raised on a magical new hybrid art, cinema. There followed an escalation in the birth of new hybrid genres like sound art, video art, graphic art and performance art and new sites and technologies for hybridity were developed: television, video projection, museums as white boxes, computers, the Internet. Some of Italy’s best-known artists and groups got involved in various ways, from the Futurists, to Bruno Munari, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Gruppo 63, Gianni Toti, Niccolò Ammaniti, and Wu Ming. Many artists we know less well often charted this in-between creative world. This book is rooted in the hypothesis that the ever-closer relations between artistic practices have been a key cultural force driving creativity since the start of the twentieth century. It attempts the first large-scale mapping of this force, providing a new framing, and along the way attempts to uncover some of the reasons behind this change.

Clodagh Brook is Professor in Italian at Trinity College, Dublin; Giuliana Pieri is Professor of Italian and the Visual Arts at Royal Holloway, London; Florian Mussgnug is Professor of Comparative literature and Italian Studies at University College London.

Contents:

i-xiv, 1-234

Intermedia in Italy: From Futurism to Digital Convergence
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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i-xiv

Intermedia in Italy: From Futurism to Digital Convergence - front matter
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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Contents, dedication to Michael Caesar, acknowledgements, and list of illustrations.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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§1.1. Intermedia: A Paradigm Shift in the Arts; §1.2. Intermediality: Terms, Tensions, and Theories; §1.3. Critical Scholarship on Intermedia in Italy; §1.4. Methodology, Key Questions and the Organization of this Book.

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33-62

Chapter 2 - 1915: Revolution
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§2.1. Introduction; §2.2. Towards a Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe; §2.3. The 11 March 1915 Manifesto; §2.4. Old Arts and New Media: Futurist Cinema; §2.5. Concrete Poetry, Architectural Typography, and Book-Object; §2.6. Re-Fashioning the Futurist Universe; §2.7. Conclusions.

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63-86

Chapter 3 - 1932: Gesamtkunstwerk
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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§3.1. Introduction; §3.2. The Gesamtkunstwerk in Italy: From Wagner to the Bauhaus; §3.3. Fascism and the Arts System; §3.4. 1932: Ideology, Spectacle and the Fascist Synthesis of the Arts; §3.5. Conclusions.

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87-114

Chapter 4 - 1963: Experiment
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§4.1. Introduction; §4.2. The Sounds of Everyday Life; §4.3. Expanding Horizons; §4.4. The Discovery of Openness; §4.5. Singular Encounters; §4.6. Conclusions.

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115-142

Chapter 5 - 1972: Collapse
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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§5.1. Introduction; §5.2. Revolutionaries and Bystanders; §5.3. Performance, Politics and Provocation; §5.4. From Collaborative to Collective Creativity; §5.5. Art for the Coming Dark Age; §5.6. Conclusions.

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143-170

Chapter 6 - 1994: Hybridity
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§6.1. Introduction; §6.2. Dizzyingly Hybrid; §6.3. The Proliferation of Hybrid Arts; §6.4. Media Natives, Media Saturation and the Birth of a Hybrid Tradition; §6.5. The Role of Mass Electronic Media: Television; §6.6. New Homings for Hybrids: Exhibition Space and Infrastructure; §6.7. Postmodernism and the Aestheticization of Society; §6.8. Conclusions.

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171-194

Chapter 7 - 2007: Convergence
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§7.1. Introduction; §7.2. Cultural Convergence: Wu Ming’s Manituana; §7.3. Global Convergence: Carlo Lizzani’s Global Stage; §7.4. Technological Convergence: Brera Virtual Lab; §7.5. Conclusions.

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195-222

Chapter 8 - 2020: Contagion
Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug, Giuliana Pieri
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§8.1. Introduction; §8.2. Materialities; §8.3. The View from the Sofa: Glimpsing the Future?; §8.4. Thinking Forward.

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223-234

Index
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The index.

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Bibliography entry:

Brook, Clodagh, Florian Mussgnug, and Giuliana Pieri, Intermedia in Italy: From Futurism to Digital Convergence, Visual Culture, 6 (Legenda, 2024)

First footnote reference: 35 Clodagh Brook, Florian Mussgnug and Giuliana Pieri, Intermedia in Italy: From Futurism to Digital Convergence, Visual Culture, 6 (Legenda, 2024), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Brook, Mussgnug, and Pieri, p. 47.

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Brook, Clodagh, Florian Mussgnug, and Giuliana Pieri. 2024. Intermedia in Italy: From Futurism to Digital Convergence, Visual Culture, 6 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Brook, Mussgnug, and Pieri 2024: 21).

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