"Disvant Garde" is a photobook project based on the idea of confront two different speeches to talk about historical, political and social processes of the 20th century.
An Avant Garde adventure full of artifacts that interact with each other in order to complete a jigsaw.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Italian poet, editor, art theorist,
and founder of the Futurist movement.
22 December 1876 – 2 December 1944.
James Graham Ballard
English novelist, short story writer, and essayist.
15 November 1930 – 19 April 2009
Marinetti wrote the futuristic Manifesto in 1909,
where he made explicit the modernist desire
to replace our ancient gods and myths with
the sleeks lines and violent lessons of the automobile.
Ballard wrote Crash in 1973, a fiction novel about
people having sex while crashing cars, where
technology had entered into our most intimate
Not man-as-technology-forming, but technology-as-man-forming.
Marinetti's prose sometimes cuold be exaggerated,
deliberately absurd, poetic, instead Ballard was calm
and collected, with a doctor's eye, dispassionate, ruthless.
One was prophetic, the other had seen everything.
A way to face 20th century, reminding us that dreams are
often perverse, and sometimes, they even come true.
31 images + Video projection
Silky paper 180gr.
Vegetal transparencies 60gr.
Images by Javier Ballester.
+ Free license images.
texts from J.G. Ballard
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
Produced and edited by Javier Ballester.
Video projection by Javier Ballester.
Public domain footage.
(follow to video)