Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Intermedial Innovations: The Panfuturists' Book Experiment

Fri31  Mar01:15pm(15 mins)
Fore Hall
Ms Lauren Warner-Treloar


Lauren Warner-Treloar1
1 Kingston University, UK


In November 1921, one of the founders of Ukrainian Futurism, the poet Mykhailo Semenko (1892-1937), established The Association of Panfuturists (Aspanfut) in Kyiv to create a 'meta-art' of the future. Through their innovations and experimentations in synthesising the visual arts, literature, and sound, the Aspanfut collaborators produced a series of publications such as Semafor u Maibutnie [Semaphore into the Future] (May 1922) via their independent publishing house known as Hol'fshtrom (Ukrainian) or Golfstrom (German) [Gulf Stream]. This paper explores how Aspanfut engaged in the book experiment amidst great political and economic hardships and how it sheds light on early twentieth-century Ukrainian cultural politics.