Rage against the Machine: Vincenzo Agnetti’s Critique of Industrial Alienation

Laura Moure Cecchini
This essay analyzes the work of the Milanese artist Vincenzo Agnetti (1926-1981), in particular his pieces La macchina drogata (1968) and NEG (1970). Like other Italian artists and intellectuals of the 1960s and 1970s, Agnetti was concerned about the alienation caused by industrial development and consumer society, manifested in carefully designed objects of everyday use. To counteract the automatism of perception and thought that he considered the sign of alienated experience, Agnetti’s artworks employed several strategies...