PRINT January 1981


THE CRITICAL FORTUNES OF FUTURISM are continuously improving as philological investigations of the manifestoes and works of art accumulate. Research into Futurism requires continuous scrutiny of the sources from which it emerged, and of the cultural environment in which it developed. It demands a systematic critical reinterpretation and a thorough examination of the cultural roots, which seem to lie in every area of social and esthetic activity of the years 1900–1916. The relationship between Futurism and studies concerned with the investigations of evidence for parapsychology and parascience (telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis . . .) is one of the many which have come to characterize the cultural environment at the turn of the century. This relationship has often been suggested but has never been thoroughly examined, in part because of the scientific vulnerability of such esoteric

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