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TRANSVISION 2010 Toward Scientific Futurism
Published July 28, 2010 english 1 Comment
Tags: futurism, transhumanism, transvision

Some translated excerpts of Roberto Guerra’s TRANSVISION 2010 Verso il
Futurismo Scientifico (original in Italian), with comments. Roberto is one of
the leading Italian Futurist (not Neo-Futurist: Futurism is always Neo) artists
and, like all Futurist writers, he uses language in a mercurial and
unconventional way which makes his writings a pleasure to read, but difficult
to translate. My translation is understandable, but does not have the futurist
sparks of the original, and I encourage those who read Italian to read the
“Soon (October 2010, Milano) starts Transvision 2010, the periodic event of
the Transhumanist Movement, the futurology of the age of Internet, globally
disseminated. A Great Event once promoted by the Humanity + (ex W.T.A) mother-
ship. This edition is organized by the Italian Transhumanist Association
Of course, the “mother-ship” Humanity+ will be represented by many
participants and speakers, including the Chair David Orban, the Vice Chair Ben
Goertzel and the Executive Director Alex Lightman. From this article is evident
that TransVision 2010 will not be focused only on contemporary and future
scientific advances, but also on the synergies between Science and Art, of
which contemporary Italian Futurism represents one of the best examples.
“The AIT, in a recent and very significant turn of the movement toward
activism in the media, collaborates with the promoters of contemporary
Futurism: Graziano Cecchini (well known for the Red Fountain performance and
other futurist actions, the only italian artist in the Taschen Usa 2010
catalog), Antonio Saccoccio (the net-futurist digital natives of the web),
Giovanni Tuzet (teacher at the Bocconi in Milano, theorist of logic futurism)
and the author [Roberto] (writer and electronic poet). A futurology-
transhumanism-neofuturism synergy, officially defined in the year of the
futurist centenary, with the live centenary in Ferrara-emphasized by Rai Due
[Italian television] in The Future of Futurism… and the book published by the
AIT Divenire 3 Futurismo: the re-invention of futurism in its essence, dynamic
and techno-scientific ante litteram….”
Transhumanists of the world, unite and come to Milan to meet Italian
Futurists! Many of the Futurist artists, writers and theorists above will
participate in TransVision 2010. Issue 3 of the AIT’s print magazine Divenire,
dedicated to Futurism, is available online.
“[Riccardo] Campa [in his recent book Mutare o Perire (Change or Perish - The
Challenge of Transhumanism)] emphasizes also the need for the collaboration of
the artists more attuned to the new cyber-cultures (for example the writers- in
Italy, the young connectivists like Verso, Battisti and others- science-fiction
film makers, even the still leading futurist aesthetics) to facilitate
overcoming a certain future shock, whose neo-obscurantist symptoms are often
clearly evident in old media (like the printed press), in Italy, in certain
cultural circles historically entrenched in obsolete epistemologies, para-
religious or para-secular and ideological (right/left together… not
surprisingly!), the well known gap between the national humanistic tradition
and… the Earth rapidly spinning in the universe. The urgency of new paradigms,
also social and cultural, and especially institutional and economic, insists
Campa, appears even more urgent in view of the most advanced frontiers of
contemporary science, which is now close, beginning in the second half of this
century, to make reality of apparently science fictional ideas like human
hibernation, cloning, Artificial Intelligence, Mind-Up Loading (that is, the
transfer of human consciousness in cloned, robotic or even virtual bodies,
practically a form of semi-immortality), the so-called technological
Singularity, not to speak of very current and “vulgar” developments like
cognitive science, education after Internet, online information, eBooks,
domotics, cybersex, almost total autimation, space travel, GMO and
nanotechnology for medical and other applications (and similar things behind
the corner…).”
Mind-Up Loading is Roberto’s Futurist version of the more frequent Mind
Uploading, which will be extensively discussed at the conference in all its
scientific, technical and philosophical aspects.
“Another plane of the human condition is already surfacing with the post- and
trans- human, perhaps a new phase of evolution, which requires entirely new
mental paradigms, even more complex and revolutionary, almost multitasking
brains to answer with speed… beauty and truth (and well-being) to such new
challenges of modernity…”
Speed is a quintessential Futurist meme. From the current version of the
Wikipedia article on Futurism: “the ideals of futurism remain as significant
components of modern Western culture; the emphasis on youth, speed, power and
technology finding expression in much of modern commercial cinema and culture.”
The article defines and characterizes Futurism as “Futurism was an artistic and
social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century… The founder
of Futurism and its most influential personality was the Italian writer Filippo
Tommaso Marinetti. Marinetti launched the movement in his Futurist Manifesto,
which he published for the first time on 5 February 1909 in La gazzetta dell’
Emilia, an article then reproduced in the French daily newspaper Le Figaro on
20 February 1909. He was soon joined by the painters Umberto Boccioni, Carlo
Carrà, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini and the composer Luigi Russolo. Marinetti
expressed a passionate loathing of everything old, especially political and
artistic tradition. “We want no part of it, the past”, he wrote, “we the young
and strong Futurists!” The Futurists admired speed, technology, youth and
violence, the car, the airplane and the industrial city, all that represented
the technological triumph of humanity over nature, and they were passionate
nationalists. They repudiated the cult of the past and all imitation, praised
originality, “however daring, however violent”, bore proudly “the smear of
madness”, dismissed art critics as useless, rebelled against harmony and good
taste, swept away all the themes and subjects of all previous art, and gloried
in science… Marinetti’s legacy is also obvious in philosophical ingredients of
transhumanism, especially in Europe.” Modern transhumanists who may find
something objectionable in this description should bear in mind that the
strongly unPC language of Marinetti was typical of the artistic circles of his
times, and that some historically inaccurate allegations written by the winners
(like most of history) are not correct. Come to Milan to learn about Futurism �“
at TransVision 2010 many different interpretations of Transhumanism will be
represented, including its most radical and hardcore interpretations.
“In the healthy crisis of ideologies, beyond future shock in Italy, evident in
the historic and cultural stagnation (even political…) facing the evolution of
contemporary science, Transvision 2010, in summary, announces the arrival in
the field of the new italian futuribiles- marching with the global movement-
hoping in new synergies with possible scientific and cultural movements as a
fundamental means to re-futurize XXI century’s Italy and cast it into new,
strong, humanist and post-humanist, net-modern scenarios.”
Eppur si vola
Roberto Guerra: writer and video poet. His published works include, among
other writings, “Marinetti e il Duemila” (in AA.VV. “Divenire 3 Futurismo”
edited by AIT, 2009, Sestante Edizioni) and “Moana Lisa Cyberpunk” (Edizioni
Diversa Sintonia, 2010). He participated in “The Scientist International
Videoart Festival” organized by Ferrara Video&Arte. In 2009 he organized, with
Graziano Cecchini “Futurismo 100 live”, dedicated to 100 years of Futurism.
Since 2010 he is the coordinator of the Laboratory of Futurist Literature of
AIT (Italian Transhumanist Association).

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