My friend Caoilfhionn gave me this great present, a book called… 100 Artists’ Manifestos’ by Alex Danchev.
It’s a treasure trove of revolutionary, incendiary and outrageous thought. I find it calming.
Here’s an excerpt from Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto…
‘I dictated our foremost desires to all men who are truly alive:
We want to sing about the love of danger, about the use of energy and recklessness as common, daily practice.
Courage, boldness and rebellion will be essential elements in our poetry.
There is no longer any beauty without struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece. Poetry must be thought as a violent assault upon the forces of the unknown with the intention of making them prostrate themselves at the feet of mankind.’
‘Futurists were unusual only in the sheer comprehensiveness of their condemnation: they were against the past.’
Be still my beating heart, for I too am against the past. To live fully in the present and draw on the past only for art, and by that I mean writing, not the art of living which should be modern, that’s my goal. I don’t want to re-create things, to uphold anything. When you make your life rich and full in the present it’s almost as if the past never happened, or happened so long ago as not to matter. To me that is the art of living. Change, forward motion, being open, not being attached to things, or ways, or even to people.
‘There is something of the incorrigible optimist about the manifestoist. To make a manifesto is to imagine or hallucinate the Promised Land, wherever that might be. It is certainly not an undertaking for the faint-hearted. In this sense, perhaps, it is apt for the artist.’
‘The artists’ manifesto is a passport to modernity. To goddamed modernity.’
Further reading led me to this article… ’11 Manifestos That Could Change Your Life’ click HERE I recommend going into every link on this one, it’s that good.
Taking inspiration from the book and from the article I thought I’d give it a go. I went with Dali’s format, a list, complete with ahem, self portrait.
So how about that for a weekend challenge? To write your own personal or artist manifesto? It’s fun, you should try it. My list is below.
Have a great weekend, xo Jane
For: Change, conversation, creativity, freedom, development of the self, for aiming high, for art, literature, and music, for walking tall, and being early, for authenticity, for work, for science, for the earth, for the modern, for women, for higher consciousness, humans 2.0, for feminism, for happiness, for rebellion, for nature, for hedonism, for passion, for kindness, for reading, for thinking, for self education, for self-expression, for life long learning, for style, for social media, for beauty, for openness, for evolution, for speaking up, for compassion, for courage.
Against: Tradition, labels, nation, against definition, against small talk, against the system – against religion, against sleep, against routine, against monotony, against the 8 hour work week, against bullying, against hoodies, against slouching, against negativity, against dieting, against comparison, against jealousy, against conformity, against conservatism, against masks, against appointments…