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Subject/Keyword
Modernity
Assembly Line
Ford Motor Company
Modern
Ruin
Collision
Henry Ford
Walter Benjamin
1915
Henri Bergson
Panama Canal
Accumulation
International Expositions
Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Muscles in Quick Motion
F. T. Marinetti
World's Fairs
Temporality
Italian Futurism
Umberto Boccioni
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Belanger, Noelle
Supervisor and department
M. Elizabeth Boone (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture)
Examining committee member and department
Susan Smith (History and Classics)
Joan Greer (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture)
Department
Department of Art and Design
Specialization
History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture
Date accepted
2013-03-28T14:12:13Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
My thesis explores the intersection of time and speed in two different displays at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). In chapter one, titled “The Assembly Line: Accumulation,” I analyse a narrative of progress enacted in the Ford Motor Company’s popular modified assembly line display that produced one Model T every ten minutes during its operation. Chapter two, titled “Italian Futurism: Collision,” explores the first exhibition of Italian Futurist painting and sculpture in America at the PPIE. In order to contextualize the exhibition I will take up the critical reception of the exhibition before examining conceptions of speed and progress in the work of literary founder Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and artist Umberto Boccioni. Both displays are visual narratives of progress presented as spectacles of speed and time. In juxtaposing the two I endeavour to elucidate the false promise of technological liberation implied at the end of each narrative.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R39G8H
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