one hundred manifestos

 

  1. Knowledge is not quantifiable.
  2. You do not know more than your audience.
  3. You cannot know more than your audience.
  4. You are your audience.
  5. The suggestion that there is a separation between an “art audience” and a “public audience” is an illusion.
  6. This is not a coincidental phenomenon.
  7. This phenomenon is a product and agent of oppressive power systems.
  8. Power systems are an illusion.
  9. The consequences of oppressive power systems are real.
  10. The consequences of oppressive power systems are violent.
  11. The space inside of this contradiction is where art must “happen”.
  12. Art is a “happening”.
  13. Art uses contradiction and illusion to reveal contradiction and undermine illusion.
  14. Your job is not to “bring” information to an audience.
  15. Your job is to create a space in which a critical thinking-feeling-articulation can occur.
  16. Your job is to create the circumstances in which learning can happen.
  17. Learning is a “happening”.
  18. Learning makes the world.
  19. You make the world.
  20. You do not make the world.
  21. You need to make a new world.
  22. You do not make art “for” the public.
  23. You make art “with” the public.
  24. You “are” the public.
  25. Do not mistake this position.
  26. You are not apart from.
  27. You are a part of.
  28. None of these ideas are new.
  29. Newness is a silly idea.
  30. Trying to be new or original or clever or interesting is silly.
  31. Someone will always be more interesting than you.
  32. Then someone will be more interesting than them.
  33. It is more important to be truthful than to think you are creating something new.
  34. The word, object, image, action doesn’t mean anything.
  35. We mean something.
  36. We use the word, object, image, action to make meaning.
  37. Learning happens when we make meaning.
  38. Learning is a happening.
  39. Art is learning.
  40. These are only ideas.
  41. You can’t buy them.
  42. They are free. You are free.
  43. Free ideas. They are free.
  44. None of the words on this page mean anything.
  45. You mean something.
  46. You are more important than the idea.
  47. You are more important than the words.
  48. You are not important.
  49. You are and aren’t important.
  50. Art is and isn’t important.
  51. The idea is important.
  52. This is about liberation.
  53. Liberation is a happening.
  54. Liberation is making meaning.
  55. Art is about making meaning.
  56. We need to make new meaning.
  57. We need to make new liberation.
  58. Love is liberation.
  59. Liberation is art.
  60. Art is love.
  61. Love is an indispensable part of any art vocabulary.
  62. Oppressive power systems work to undermine love.
  63. If you work to undermine oppressive power systems, then you work in favor of love.
  64. You love your audience. You are your audience.
  65. You love yourself.
  66. I love you.
  67. Love is not quantifiable.
  68. To try to quantify love is to be rational.
  69. Rationality is an illusion.
  70. To ration is to imply distribution.
  71. If something can be distributed, then it can also be scarce.
  72. Scarcity is an illusion.
  73. This is not a coincidental phenomenon.
  74. This phenomenon is a product and agent of oppressive power systems.
  75. Power systems are an illusion.
  76. The consequences of oppressive power systems are real.
  77. The consequences of oppressive power systems are violent.
  78. Art reveals this contradiction and undermines the illusion of scarcity.
  79. Art cannot change people.
  80. Art can only change space.
  81. Space changes people. People change space.
  82. Space is context.
  83. You cannot escape your context.
  84. Context creates identity. People create identity.
  85. Identity is an illusion.
  86. This is not a coincidental phenomenon.
  87. This phenomenon is a product and agent of oppressive power systems.
  88. Power systems are an illusion.
  89. The consequences of oppressive power systems are real.
  90. The consequences of oppressive power systems are violent.
  91. Identity creates assumptions.
  92. Assumptions are dangerous.
  93. When making art, the only safe assumption is that your audience possesses knowledge.
  94. When making art, the only safe assumption is that your audience possesses a compassionate imagination.
  95. When making art, the only safe assumption is that your audience possesses an ability to create.
  96. When making art, the only safe assumption is that your audience possesses a desire for love.
  97. When making art, the only safe assumption is that your audience possesses the capacity to transform the world.
  98. You are your audience.

 

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