The Human Force graphic syntheses by Benedetta

visual edit & English descriptions by Tim Gaze, 2011 original edition: Le forze umane Romanzo astratto con sintesi grafiche Franco Campitelli Editore, Foligno, 1924 sintesi grafiche (graphic syntheses) scanned from the combined edition of Le forze umane / Viaggio di Gararà / Astra e il sottomarino I Tre Romanzi di Benedetta (Edizioni dell'Altana, Roma, 1998) this edition: Mycelium, 2011

PART I HUMAN TRAGIC CHAOS

Differentiating effort

Conjoined diversities

Irony

Irradiation of a nucleus under development (Spring)

The optimistic I between the rails of pessimism

Harmony of dissimilar forces

Forces without nucleus (Autumn)

Dispersion of the forces of the nucleus (Winter)

Pain

PART II POTENTIAL HARMONIES

Reached total

Faith

Feminine forces Spiral of sweetness + serpent of fascination

Masculine forces - Weapons and plumage

Contact of two potent nuclei (feminine and masculine)

Fusion of nuclei = love

Rebellion of the I

Joy

Art

PART III HARMONY

Harmony

Benedetta (Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, 14 August 1897-15 May 1977) was an Italian futurist writer, poet, choreographer and painter. She married Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1923. Her style was gentler and less one-sided than the male Futurists. She added metaphysical ideas to Futurism. My knowledge of Italian is tiny. I get the impression that Le forze umane / The Human Force is an attempt to describe the emotional chemistry between people as if it were a scientifically measurable force. Each section of text is illustrated by a graphic synthesis. I hope that stringing these graphic syntheses together without the accompanying text will still communicate something of her ideas about stages of emotional metamorphosis. The subtitle Romanzo astratto con sintesi grafiche / Abstract romance with graphic syntheses brings to mind the more recent phenomena of abstract comics and bandes dessinées abstraites. It also reminds me of Françoise Rojare's traduction graphique / graphic translation titled Mnémopolis (in revue Change no. 5, Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 1970) of parts of the novel Compact, originally written by Maurice Roche [please freely view her graphic translation at http://avance.randomflux.info/Mnemopolis.pdf].

Tim Gaze Mt Barker, South Australia April 2011

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