Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Futurist Manifesto

Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti of italien origin, born in Egypt and died in Italy, wrote the first version of his famous Futurist Manifesto on February, 20th 1909. Brimful of hatred against the established academic art world and full of anger, it created a turbulent view on a world, which adored machines, speed and rejected any kind of tradition.

Literature has up to now magnified pensive immobility, ecstasy and slumber. We want to exalt movements of aggression, feverish sleeplessness, the double march, the perilous leap, the slap and the blow with the fist.
We declare that the splendour of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath ... a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
Whether the later links to facism in Italy were inevitable due to their special philosophy or not, should not be discussed here. Rather by joining the birthday celebrations we'd like to highlight the existence of the Manifesto of the Futurist Programmers whose programme we share beyond doubt. Written in 1991 it is equally important as a document which point sus to believing into fast software, good software, working software as opposed to modular, reusable and designed software.

1. To destroy the cult of the past, the obsession with all things old, academic pedantry, and formalism
2. To cast our scorn profoundly on every last form of imitation
3. To exalt every form of originality, even if foolhardy, even if extremely violent
4. To bear bravely and proudly the smear of "madness" with which they try to gag all innovators
5. To look on the lot of computer "scientists" as at one and the same time useless and dangerous
6. To rebel against the tyranny of the words "extensible" and "reusable" expressions so elastic that they can just as easily be used to demolish the art of Atkinson, Baumgart and Deutsch as well
7. To sweep out of the mental field of programming all themes and subjects already exploited
8. To render and magnify the life of today, incessantly and tumultuously transformed by science triumphant
Without the Futurist Manifesto, no Manifesto of the futurist programmers. Throw your documentation in the bin, pump up the volume of your MP3 player and start celebrating! Happy Birthday! Leave a comment if you couldn't agree more.

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