Greetings, Spy Vibers! I hope some of you were able to attend the recent 60th anniversary events in London celebrating the James Bond films! Did anyone get to The Monkees screening in LA? I've been busy working on my upcoming book and also launching a new school year. I'm working again with film, photography, and drawing/design students and we've spent the first few days setting up and starting first projects. My own research circled back to the Mandarin and Cantonese thrillers of the 60s this weekend and it was super fun to spend time watching a handful of films and taking notes. Also on the radar recently was the work of Giacomo Balla. I was looking for materials from the Galleria Dell'Obelisco in Rome, which had provided a large number of pieces for Elio Petri's The 10th Victim, and I came across a series of posters from their Balla exhibit in 1968. Balla was one of the prominent Futurists in Italy, who were committed to making art, music, architecture, dance, film, etc which captured modernist experiences of speed, movement, and technology. This particular image was from his series of works called Iridescent Interpenetration, created between 1912-1914. I was struck by how modern it appears, suggesting the Op Art aesthetics that came decades later and that would appear in The 10th Victim and other films. You might enjoy!
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