Wonderlands of the Avant-Garde: Technology and the Arts in Russia of the 1920s (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory (Hardcover))

By Julia Vaingurt

In postrevolutionary Russia, because the Soviet executive used to be starting up a application of speedy industrialization, avant-garde artists declared their motive to serve the nascent kingdom and to rework lifestyles in response to their aesthetic designs. despite their professed utilitarianism, even if, so much avant-gardists created works which may not often be considered as useful tools of societal transformation. Exploring this paradox, Vaingurt claims that the artists’ funding of know-how with aesthetics avoided their creations from being totally conscripted into the arsenal of political hegemony. the needs of avant-garde applied sciences, she contends, are contemplative instead of positive. taking a look at Meyerhold’s theater, Tatlin’s and Khlebnikov’s architectural designs, Mayakovsky’s writings, and different works from the interval, Vaingurt deals an cutting edge examining of a really complicated second within the formation of Soviet culture. 

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By Julia Vaingurt

In postrevolutionary Russia, because the Soviet executive used to be starting up a application of speedy industrialization, avant-garde artists declared their motive to serve the nascent kingdom and to rework lifestyles in response to their aesthetic designs. despite their professed utilitarianism, even if, so much avant-gardists created works which may not often be considered as useful tools of societal transformation. Exploring this paradox, Vaingurt claims that the artists’ funding of know-how with aesthetics avoided their creations from being totally conscripted into the arsenal of political hegemony. the needs of avant-garde applied sciences, she contends, are contemplative instead of positive. taking a look at Meyerhold’s theater, Tatlin’s and Khlebnikov’s architectural designs, Mayakovsky’s writings, and different works from the interval, Vaingurt deals an cutting edge examining of a really complicated second within the formation of Soviet culture. 

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Northwestern. edu This ebook has been released with the help of the Andrew W. Mellon starting place. Copyright © 2013 through Northwestern college Press. released 2013. All rights reserved. published within the usa 10 nine eight 7 6 five four three 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication facts Vaingurt, Julia. Wonderlands of the avant-garde : expertise and the humanities in Russia of the Nineteen Twenties / Julia Vaingurt. p. cm. —(Northwestern college Press experiences in Russian literature and idea) comprises bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8101-2894-1 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Avant-garde (Aesthetics)—Russia (Federation)—History—20th century. 2. Russian literature—20th century—History and feedback. three. Arts, Russian— twentieth century. four. paintings and know-how. five. equipment in literature. I. identify. II. sequence: reports in Russian literature and concept. N6988. five. A83V35 2013 891. 70911—dc23 2012033499 o The paper utilized in this e-book meets the minimal necessities of the yankee nationwide typical for info Sciences—Permanence of Paper for published Library fabrics, ANSI Z39. 48-1992. In reminiscence of my father, Mikhail Vaingurt April 15, 1942–July 23, 2007 Kulbin acknowledged new muse made its appearance—the muse Tekhnè. She was once the inspiration of workmanship abilities increased to artwork. ... Tekhnè grew; she had presentiments of a fight for brand spanking new craftsmanship. all of it ended, despite the fact that, within the crimes of epigones. approximately ten years later, Shengeli made his visual appeal and started to write down his books like tips on how to Write Articles, Poems, and tales. those books have been marketed along textbooks like tips to fix Galoshes, yet they have been more affordable and bought just for ninety kopeks. nonetheless more affordable used to be how one can Feed Canaries, 50 kopeks. this is often how low Tekhnè sank. despite the fact that, this method was once no longer the means of Tekhnè. This was once the self-esteem of people that didn't comprehend switch in artwork. —Viktor Shklovsky, Mayakovsky and His Circle Contents record of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi advent innovative and Instrumental applied sciences three half I. Homo Faber, Homo Ludens bankruptcy One bankruptcy Poetry in movement: Aleksei Gastev and the classy Origins of Soviet Biomechanics 25 The Biomechanics of Infidelity: diversity of movement and bounds of keep watch over in Meyerhold’s Theater fifty four half II. substitute applied sciences bankruptcy 3 bankruptcy 4 bankruptcy 5 Writing as physically know-how in Zamyatin’s We, or a Portrait of an Avant-Garde Artist as a Malfunctioning Machine 87 The significant Heights of natural structure: Tatlin, Khlebnikov, and the Technological elegant one zero one Olesha’s Suicide desktop 133 half III. The fatherland of know-how conference, Play, and know-how in Russian Explorers’ American Discoveries 149 bankruptcy Seven pink Pinkertons: Adventures in man made fact 182 end Poetics of the Unconscriptable 224 bankruptcy Six Notes 233 Works stated 279 Index 295 Illustrations Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. three. Fig. four. Fig. five. Fig. 6. Fig. 7. Fig. eight. Kazimir Malevich, The Knife-Grinder (Principle of Glittering), 1912–13.

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