Definition of futurism in US English:

futurism

noun

  • 1Concern with events and trends of the future, or which anticipate the future.

    • ‘Rampant futurism used to be an integral feature of theme parks, often sponsored by industry giants as a means of promoting their products.’
    • ‘It emerges from what you might call stunted futurism.’
    • ‘It's also kind of obvious as well, speaking more about contemporary notions of futurism - and how those notions have migrated away from marginal audiences into the mainstream - than any actual manifestation of the ‘future’.’
    • ‘It reminded me just how inaccurate science fiction and futurism inevitably are.’
    • ‘Through journals like these, the vorticists cultivated a small public instead of the mass public that commercial advertising, futurism, suffragism, and the Fabians sought to marshal.’
    • ‘As with all terribles simplificateurs, some of his ideas are, at least, suggestive. For example, among the characteristic features of disintegrating civilisations he finds the conjoined twins of archaism and futurism.’
    • ‘Although the dawn of futurism invited greater emphasis on modes of production than on commercialization, and playwright Denise Clarke twists her focus to be more justly feminine, Breeder owes clear ancestry.’
    • ‘They allow us, for a while, to indulge in a fantasy of futurism.’
    • ‘Only now are we entering a new stage, ‘trans-gravity’, when the complex systems developed by earthbound architects and the ambitions of government agencies and scientists will all collide in a cloud of dazzling futurism.’
    • ‘Emotional disconnect, man-machine sexual politics, dystopian futurism, German electronic-music fetishes - Bowie was post-millennial before we even hit 1980.’
    • ‘It changes back, the boogie boogies and the whole experience sounds like a bar room hoedown between classicism and futurism.’
    • ‘From this standpoint, the city's monstrous caricature of futurism is simply shrewd marketing.’
    • ‘There was the Manhattan skyline, stretched out like a diorama, from the World Trade Center's towers to Riverside Church, with the timeless futurism of the spires of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building crowning midtown.’
    • ‘But don't file it under futurism, because this future is now.’
    • ‘As their music spoke of futurism and electronics (and everything did in those days), their tinny little keyboards were being pushed to the limits of technology and cracking under the strain.’
    • ‘Butler's futurism similarly intensifies the contradictions of modern society.’
    • ‘I can only presume that even when it comes to NASA they think the public prefers nostalgic futurism to Ridley Scott.’
    • ‘I had, admittedly, written a book with Watts Wacker on the future, but I neither knew that futurism was a discipline, nor that I was a futurist.’
    • ‘He makes a good point about sci-fi's wrong futurism at the start.’
    • ‘The art of painting the sensation of flying, aeropittura, came to dominate 1930s futurism, but is still little known here.’
    1. 1.1 An artistic movement begun in Italy in 1909 that violently rejected traditional forms so as to celebrate and incorporate into art the energy and dynamism of modern technology. Launched by Filippo Marinetti, it had effectively ended by 1918 but was widely influential, particularly in Russia on figures such as Malevich and Mayakovsky.
      • ‘It came out in the art of the teens and twenties, Cubism, Futurism, the Bauhaus, Surrealism.’
      • ‘On the surface, the show uses the painting to tell a conventional academic story about Futurism, the radical Italian movement dedicated to bringing the dynamism of modern society into art.’
      • ‘Some passages evoke the mechanical dynamism of Futurism.’
      • ‘Much experimental music at the time incorporated the ideals of Dada, Surrealism, Futurism, Expressionism and abstract painting.’
      • ‘But there's something awfully deriative about them, a mish-mash of cubism, constructivism, futurism, vorticism, Merz and more.’
      • ‘Day's experiments with modernist movements such as Cubism and Futurism are also on display.’
      • ‘The movement exhibited aspects of Cubism, Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism - associated with the rise of Fascism - celebrating the rise of commerce and technology.’
      • ‘The principles of Futurism were laid down by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and published by him in a manifesto in 1909.’
      • ‘Art historically, they imaginatively summarize his stylistic dalliances with Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism and the period's interest in ‘primitive’ art.’
      • ‘Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Purism, Neo-Plasticism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, social realism, his art experienced them all.’
      • ‘The practice of kinetic art in Latin America is heir to such European movements as Futurism and Constructivism.’
      • ‘Benjamin valorizes those art movements - Dada and Surrealism - that consciously attack bourgeois notions of artistic autonomy, while aligning Futurism with the aestheticized discourse of fascism.’
      • ‘His paintings point the way toward modernist work on signs in Cubism, Futurism, collage, and Dada, and they reveal the logic of the wariness about the relation of picture and world that is a hallmark of modernism.’
      • ‘Early abstract artists associated with Futurism, Constructivism and Cubism similarly sought to make works that captured a kind of pure dynamism.’
      • ‘Burger used the term avant-garde only in reference to Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.’
      • ‘Because of its physicality, it has a tactility and availability that the light in Cubism and Futurism, which strongly influenced the Russian avant-garde, rarely if ever has.’
      • ‘One of his first exhibitions was of Bauhaus work, including type, book and periodical design, and later exhibits expanded to include documents of Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism.’
      • ‘The first, 1920-40, includes the work of a number of artists who returned from studies in Europe, bringing with them firsthand news of such movements as Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism.’
      • ‘Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Surrealism emerged in the fine arts.’
      • ‘Abstraction dominated after 1910, especially in the form of neoprimitivism, Cubism, Suprematism, Futurism, and Constructivism.’

Origin

From future + -ism, translating Italian futurismo, French futurisme.

Pronunciation

futurism

/ˈfyo͞oCHəˌrizəm//ˈfjutʃəˌrɪzəm/