Our Project

Depero Futuristi is a team at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center re-imagining Balli Plastici, the ‘plastic dance’ created by Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero in 1918. The marionettes used in the dance encapsulate the Futurist ideal of machinery striving to break free of human control. Our goal is to digitize Depero’s puppets and develop a toolkit anyone can use to create their own Futurist-inspired ballets. Our efforts will move the marionettes beyond mere appreciation, propelling them continually forward as living art.

Our clients include Performa 09 and the Museum of Arts and Design.

If you want more information about this project, ToyBox Futuristi or Balli Plastici at Performa 09, please contact us at

Check out Balli Plastici on the web!

November 2010: Balli Plastici is shown in Trento, Italy musicalized live by the Globus Orchestra
October 2010: A piece about the process of creating Balli Plastici is published in the Creare electronic journal
September 2010: Showcased Balli Plastici at Casa Depero in Rovereto, Italy- home of Fortunato Depero
August 2010: Presented at the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, PA
July 2010: Published in GSTF International Journal of Computing July Issue
June 2010: 3 Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, part of the “Art of Technology” exhibit
May 2010: Top 15 of Pittsburgh Region’s Most Innovative Creatives in 2010 DATA Awards
May 2010: Bronze winner of 31st Annual Telly Awards in Art Direction and Use of Animation
April 12-15, 2010: NAB Show 2010 in Las Vegas
April 7, 2010: CGAT 2010 in Singapore, chosen for the Best Research Student Paper Award
February 23, 2010: Balli Plastici featured in Art in America February issue
February 23, 2010: Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC
January 05, 2010: Art Center Nabi in Korea
January 25, 2010: Featured in Carnegie Mellon’s website
December 2010: SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama, Japan
November 23, 2009:
November 23, 2009: New York Magazine’s Best of Performa
November 13, 2009: MeFeedia
November 11, 2009: Parsons Illustration Department Blog
November 11, 2009: Entertainment Technology Center Global News
November 6, 2009: TimeOut New York
October 1, 2009: Performa Arts Blog

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