Inspired by the lost Futurist film Vita Futurista (Futurist Life), Futurist Life Redux features a series of short works by acclaimed artists Trisha Baga, chameckilerner, Martha Colburn, Ben Coonley, George Kuchar, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shana Moulton, Shannon Plumb, Aïda Ruilova, Matthew Silver and Shoval Zohar (The Future), and Michael Smith.
The only officially “Futurist” film ever made, Vita Futurista was created in 1916 by Arnaldo Ginna and other Futurist artists, including the founder of Futurism F.T. Marinetti. Comprised of eleven independent segments, Vita Futurista contrasted the spirit and lifestyle of the Futurist with that of the ordinary man in a series of humorous sketches - “How the Futurist Walks,” “How the Futurist Sleeps,” “The Sentimental Futurist,” and so on - many of which used experimental techniques such as split screens and double exposures. The only-known copy of this film was lost several decades ago; all that remains are written accounts and a few still images.
As part of their celebration of the Futurist centennial, renowned New York-based performance biennial Performa, along with SFMoMA and Portland Green Cultural Projects, commissioned an extraordinary group of contemporary film and video artists to create their own versions of Vita Futurista, re-imagining this film for the twenty-first century.