Manifestos

Catching up on blog time… I missed class May 24, so first of all, brief summaries of the essence of each of other three art movements:

Fluxus- art that is unstructured, unbound by rules, open to chance happenings, minimal, and often involves the interation of different media. The Fluxus Manifesto emphasizes revolution, anti-conservatism and culture for the masses.

Dada- the predecessor to Fluxus. Similar attitude regarding art as a tool to breakdown all the falsities of society. Not art actually – ‘anti-art’.

Surrealist – art to reflect true unconscious thought. Love this quote from the Second Manifesto of Surrealism, written by Andre Breton: “The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down into the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd.”

NEXT TASK – 5 Points, drawn from Sean’s list of other manifestos, that resonate with how I view  creative work:

1. ALL points from the Cheap Art Manifesto, but “ART IS FOOD. You Can’t EAT it but it FEEDS you’ and ‘Art is not business’ are my two favorites. The first reflects exactly how I feel about the art I love, the second articulates the discomfort I feel in working in the music business.

2. From Andrew Keen’s Anti-Web Manifesto 2.0: “1. The cult of the amateur is digital utopianism’s most seductive delusion. This cult promises that the latest media technology — in the form of blogs, wikis and podcasts — will enable everyone to become widely read writers, journalists, movie directors and music artists. It suggests, mistakenly, that everyone has something interesting to say.” I totally agree with this. I am very conscious in my creative work – which involves writing about obscure garage rock bands for a couple of overseas fanzines (print fanzines) and writing liner notes for and/or assembling compilations pertaining to the same sort of music – of only offering comment on things I know about.

3. From A Design Manifesto“De$$ign has become surface, its products immaterial, informational and entertaining; a key spectacle to post-capitalist consumption.” I have, for as long as I’ve been aware enough to think about it, wondered how fashion design can be considered ‘art’. I’m not sure if this quote actually relates to this thought, but it seems to me that fashion design, and in many ways industrial design, is for the most part about creating a product that people want to buy, rather than a form of genuine artistic expression. Perhaps I should refer to Andrew Keen’s quote above and shut my mouth, because it is not an area I have explored at all.

4. From The Indie-Web Manifesto: “We invite the users to realize the essential role they play on the Internet: when they start their own website, when they send comments, criticisms or warm letters to the webmasters, when they exchange tips and hints in the newsgroups or by e-mail, they provide an independent and free source of information that others would like to sell and control. Education, information, culture and debate can only come from users, independent webmasters, academic or associative organizations.” In a way this is contrary to Andrew Keen’s Anti-Web Manifesto quoted above, but it is very true. The only way the web will survive as a useful thing is if the user has input into it. Otherwise it will become a marketing tool and nothing else. This way of thinking – being aware of the need to be involved – is what led me to have my own record label in years past, and to write about music that I love.

5. From The Mozilla Manifesto: “Free and open source software promotes the development of the Internet as a public resource.” Further to point 4, this is an important statement from the non-profit organization that provides free software, including Firefox. Given the powerful role that the internet plays in everybody’s life these days – even those who don’t use it – it is incredibly important that access to it remains free.

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