School of Humanities



Iva Glisic


Start date

Feb 2009

Submission date

Jan 2013

Iva Glisic

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Designing a Communist Consciousness: Ideological Evolution within Russian Futurism between 1905 and 1930


Russian Futurism has generally been regarded as an expression of utopian daydreaming by young and irrational artists and writers who harboured unrealistic visions of the future. By examining the political and ideological evolution of the Russian Futurist movement between 1905 and 1930, however, this thesis demonstrates that Futurists had an intricate understanding of the Bolshevik political agenda, and in fact took a very calculated and systematic approach to their contemporary socio-political reality. In combining Marxist philosophy with Italian Futurism, Russia’s Futurists devised a unique artistic practice – and made a significant contribution to the project of forming a Soviet subject.

Why my research is important

Russia, 1909: a group of young artists, art critics and writers found themselves united in the belief that artistic production should be an active social force. The Russian political landscape changed rapidly and dramatically in the first decades of the twentieth century, and these young artists sought to engage both with their society and the ruling elite in the hope of transforming this volatile time into a cathartic experience from which the desire to embrace a modern, progress-driven future would emerge. In so doing, Russian Futurists created a blueprint for creative young people in any era: my research is continually inspired by their efforts, and I am driven to expose the finer details of this story to a wider audience.


  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship; Open Society Foundations Global Supplementary Grant

Titans of the Russian avant-garde (Mayakovsky, Rodchenko, Shostakovich and Meyerhold)