Technology for the Youth
May 18, 2017 1:46 PM   Subscribe

 
I am a sucker for Soviet art. It ranged from academy styles to almost blatant advertising. And all of it, at some level, was propaganda for the state. But propaganda often with a light, whimsical, even humorous touch. The WPA was as close as we ever came...
posted by jim in austin at 2:27 PM on May 18 [4 favorites]


Soviet futurism is best futurism
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 2:30 PM on May 18 [7 favorites]


And all of it, at some level, was propaganda for the state.

Sometimes only on the surface.
posted by hat_eater at 2:38 PM on May 18 [2 favorites]


An excellent article with great illustrations... and a glaring typo right in the title, which it would be nice if we didn't reproduce here. Could a mod change it to the correct Tekhnika – Molodezhi? (Tekhnika, not the ridiculous "Tekhikia.")
posted by languagehat at 2:42 PM on May 18


Sometimes only on the surface.

That would be a level as well...
posted by jim in austin at 2:44 PM on May 18


[Fixed typo - carry on. ]
posted by restless_nomad at 4:23 PM on May 18


You can't dive into the future without leaping from the present. Konstantin Artseulov*'s Diving ‘Plate’ cover illustration for Technology for the Youth magazine No. 5, 1961 is drawn from Jacques Cousteau's SP-350 Denise "Diving Saucer", launched in 1959.

*Artist biography and gallery.
posted by cenoxo at 4:24 PM on May 18 [2 favorites]


The Squirrel from the Earth

A fine user name!
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:42 PM on May 18


No, still haven't got it right.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:50 PM on May 18 [3 favorites]


Ah, the future.

When there was a future.
posted by aramaic at 9:49 PM on May 18 [2 favorites]


OK, space ballerina, and a rocket flying out of the cosmonaut's butt. I can get behind this style of Soviet realism.
posted by happyroach at 10:41 PM on May 18 [1 favorite]


There's more space/technology art in Tested.com's Gallery: The Art of Tekhnika Molodezhi.
posted by cenoxo at 12:50 AM on May 19 [1 favorite]


The future was a lot cooler in the old days.
posted by mondo dentro at 8:40 AM on May 19


Anybody here ever watch Batteries Not Included?

I never did, as my parents wouldn't take me to the cinema but bought me novelisations instead...
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 9:56 AM on May 19


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