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Nuts and Bolts: Machine Made Man in Films from the Collection

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West Fifty-third Street
New York, 10019

Nuts and Bolts: Machine Made Man in Films from the Collection was created especially for Performa 09's celebration of the centenary of Futurism, after Performa Director RoseLee Goldberg approached MoMA about presenting a series of Futurist-related films from the Museum's collection. Through its selection of films, Nuts and Bolts addresses Marinetti's attraction to a mechanical being in the reign of the machine age. Such a being would be endlessly energetic, productive in the factory, free of sentimentality, and immune to disease and death. Throughout cinematic history mechanical creatures—robots, androids, humanoids, cyborgs—have often reflected both the discord and the connection between man and machine, a concept Marinetti proclaimed a century ago in Le Figaro.

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