Futuristic art represents what artists see in our future through their artwork. Futuristic art became popular back in the early 20th century as people painted projections of what they saw in humanity's future.
Many of their predictions have actually been entirely accurate have come to pass. Unlike other styles of art at the time, including Impressionism or Pointillism, it took Futurism a little while to "make a mark" as a recognizable art form, and it never got considered a type of "mainstream art."
However, people should not overlook the importance of Futuristic art as it helped tell what the future of society would be like, including sending some warnings about what the future of society and humanity could face. These warnings do not indicate that all of the future is "doom and gloom," but it believed that humanity might become advanced enough to create more problems for itself in the future.
What Are Some Common Themes of Futuristic Art?
Futuristic art predicted some common themes the artists' representation of what they thought the future might hold. Many of these predictions were actually very accurate and came to pass in the following decades and the 21st century. The following are some of those ideas and how they have come to pass since it got predicted about 100 years ago:
Futurism Producing a Technology Boom:
Futuristic art predicted that there would be a boom of advanced technology in the future and they were correct with this prediction. They also predicted that humanity would become obsessed with technology. Fast forward 100+ years and here we are in a world where 2.1 billion users had smartphones as of 2016, and we are on the edge of a great AI discovery.
Modernity is Glorified:
We have come to live in a society where modernity is glorified. People's entire lives are now in a simple little black square that is in their hands and is called a smartphone. Computers can compute 1000s of times more data than the human mind, and they can do it at warp speed. Technology has infiltrated virtually every aspect of human life in the 21st century, and its safe to assume that technology will only continue to grow in the future.
Modern Media Has Changed Forever:
Technology has come to change modern media forever. We are far from the days of just having print media such as newspapers and books. Today much of the media we have in our world is electronic. From the advent of the internet to smartphones, tablets and electronic reading devices, much of the media we consume in the 21st century has become digitalized. Even TV is a motion picture that tells a story so is the cinema and the movies.
Technology Would Make Warfare Devastating:
Technology has indeed made wars much more destructive and deadly than ever before. It started with the advent of the aircraft in World War I. By the time World War II occurred in the 1940s, technology had become nuclear. In many wars since technology has devastated millions (if not billions) of people and caused trillions of dollars worth of damage. In some cases, technology has become humanity's enemy and not its friend.
These are four of the common themes of futuristic art that have indeed come true today. Futuristic artists indeed hit the nail on the head when they said that these elements would be part of the future.
The Art Pieces That Shaped the Futurist Movement:
There are a variety of artists and art pieces that shaped the Futurist movement. One of the most prolific being Umberto Boccioni who was the artist that did the piece "The City Rises" (1910) which symbolizes his vision of a large city of the future which consisted of pure chaos. Over 100 years later we have cities in the US that consist of millions of people and are essentially "concrete jungles" of sorts. These cities may very well be something out of a Boccioni painting where life never stops, heavy traffic fills the streets, and life seems to move at warp speed. As technology improves, the pace of living continues to increase.
Another artist who was a large part of the futurist movement is Giacomo Balla who was the artist who painted the "Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash" (1912) which was a chrono-type painting that symbolized an old technique that gets displayed across several frames. Today, we have animated technology such as TV, movies, and cinema that take this chrono-type technology further than even many Futuristic artists could have imagined. Chrono-type pictures happened to be a "window into the future" where we have motion pictures in the 21st century.
Futuristic Art is Still Alive Today:
One of today's most promising Futuristic artists is Paula Rosa who does exhibits all throughout Europe and the US. Today, she predicts the future of what will be the 22nd and 23rd centuries when they arrive. Rusa paints art that represents herself and her thoughts on the future. Rosa's paintings are ruled by chaos and uncertainty as well as non-stop motion sequences that will dictate the future pace of our society. As technology continues to improve and surpass the human capacity and AI becomes mainstream technology our lives will become even more integrated and non-stop chaos than they are today.
Futuristic forms of art are what allow artists to describe what they feel like the world will be like in the future. Futurists predicted the future of the world 100 years ago and today's predictions were fairly accurate. The Futurist artists of today, such as Paula Rosa, are predicting what the world will be like 100 to 200 years from now and are representing it through their art today. Art allows these artists to share their vision of what the future will be like with others through their work.