Week of 10/2 – Manifestos & More

Part 1 – The Artist Manifesto – Why is it important?

Assignment: Students will generate experimental manifestos outside of class this week and post them below before our next class. (Share yours in the comments section below. You may want to write it out in a word processor first and then paste your input below.)

Remember, manifestos are public statements, posting yours here will suffice as public space.

According to merriam-webster.com : “a manifesto is written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group” This is usually made public to hold one to their statements.”

Examples to look at for contrast & inspiration-

Manifestos for Art, Life & Business :



DADA – 1918 – http://391.org/manifestos/1918-dada-manifesto-tristan-tzara.html#.W7J6vBNKjOQ


Video Links:

(The second above video is by Andrew Castrucci who taught at LIU in the art dept. for several years between 2000-2009. )

Feel free to also share any links that you discover in your own research into this topic. the more examples and contrast we build the better. We will discuss our finding in class.

Part 2 – This week in class we will screen  Remix and Reuse Fairness – “Andy Baio is a software developer for Kickstarter writes and speaks about his experience being sued by a photographer and is forced to settle and pay thousands of dollars.

Class discussion follows

15 thoughts on “Week of 10/2 – Manifestos & More

  1. -The secret to creativity is to never lose touch with the inner child. Be light hearted, fun, naieve and everything else that comes along with being a child. It’s good for the soul.
    -Every work of art doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it should be. Find the beauty in everything.
    -Stay quiet. The more quiet you are the more you can hear.
    -See everything for what it truly is, not for what you think it is.
    -There is always room to grow, something new to learn. Sometimes you have to dig deep, but the lesson is there, and changes to make.
    -Practice every day. Obsess over your subject, your skill, your technique. Your name is your brand. There will always be someone better.
    -Art takes courage. Be fearless of making mistakes, showing your work, connecting with others, of creating, of offending, of being wrong. You have to be brave.
    -a work of art is like DNA. Unique to each individual.
    -Creating art is a way to process your emotions. Each work should be a physical outlet to what is happening inside you,

  2. 1) Learn lessons from past art experiences. Never be ashamed of what you once thought was important enough to create.

    2) God didn’t wake up in the morning and decide to be you. You’re never too old to learn from other artists.

    3) In relation to creating art…
    Always keep a notepad and pencil next to your bed. Most of your best ideas have come to you during this time.

    4) There is pain in discipline and pain in procrastination, what would you rather feel?

    5) Perfectionism is self-defeating thinking disease. Don’t believe everything your mind tells you.

    6) Don’t down play your talents.

    7) Don’t be so hard on yourself.

    8) Refer to God often, which can simply be Good Orderly Direction.

    9) Have faith, you are where you’re meant to be at this moment.

    10) Every situation is temporary and this too shall pass.

    11) You can glance at the past but don’t stare. There’s a reason why a car is designed with the rearview mirror small than windshield

    12) Understand your roots, you can only play with the cards you’ve been dealt.

    13) You’re no better and no worse than most, at the end of the day you’re just another bozo on the bus.

  3. I made my artist manifesto, but I can not get it to post. It is an image and I can’t attach it. Does someone know how I can try to upload an image?

  4. 1-Be honest with yourself. That’s the best way to be honest with those who look at your work.
    2-Be willing to revisit your dark past.
    3-Don’t ignore your dreams. They are messages that can be used in your ART…ask Dali.
    4-Look at other artists that inspire you, and use some of their stuff. But be original. Use more, much more of your stuff (ideas)
    5-Don’t take yourself too seriously.
    6-Look at the world around you. Look at the good and the bad. Use it to create.
    7-Please do your best to keep your ego in check.
    8-Keep a writing pad handy near you as much as possible….or for photographers, a camera.
    9-Try to find ways to be inspired. Go for a walk to the park. Turn off the t.v.
    10-Art is biographical, whether you want for it to be or not, because you are telling something about you.

  5. The Artist in 2018
    My Manifesto Inspired by Other Artists and Activists

    “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.”
    -Harvey Fierstein

    “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
    -Frederick Douglass

    “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.”
    -Alice Walker

    “The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy.”
    -Dave Chappelle

    “Art and activism seem to go together naturally, …you can have a voice, and if you have a voice, you can make a difference.”
    -Salma Hayek

    “Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.”
    – Andre Maurois

    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
    – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
    “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
    – Elie Wiesel

    “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
    – Barack Obama

    Courage is standing up, sitting down, speaking out, and kneeling down ALONE.
    – Me

  6. Whatever that seems boring, modest and old to you should be considered as a subject for review.
    Let nature penetrate your soul.
    The simplicity comes with a world of chaos, so you should prepare yourself for it.
    Practice looking at everything by which you are surrounded.
    Thinking about the future is a cliché. Stop thinking about clichés and look at the past instead. Past is both present and future.
    dig deep into the history
    Mothers are everything. expand the area of your study on them. Ask them to sit for you for an hour for painting or drawing. Embrace the maternity, love, and kindness they have to offer. The art life would become flawless when they enter your territory.
    Don’t think that Art is a competition. It is not.
    The essence of being an artist doesn’t reveal itself while you try to be the smart player.
    Embrace your weaknesses and love them more than your abilities. They are real, and they are the one which could help you to create your signature as an artist.
    Don’t talk about your art in a way that you will never change your perception toward it. It is dangerous. You may want to be exactly the opposite of what you are doing today.
    Be romantic but, avoid romanticizing
    It is better to influence few people by the art pieces you create rather than making a public Instagram page and buying followers trying to broadcast your unreal figure in the art world.
    If art doesn’t make sense to you anymore, stop making it.
    Think about how you want to present your paintings and drawings. People generally don’t have a good eye to distinguish a piece that they should choose from the piece they shouldn’t but, they have a good eye in recognizing good frames, paspartus, and glasses.
    Believe in what you do but tell yourself that you are free to stop doing it whenever you want. Don’t feel committed to become an artist. it is not a must and it is not a have to either. It is a lifestyle that becomes your habit. Some people paint and some plant strawberries.

  7. The Artist Manifesto, 2018
    My Manifesto Inspired by Other Artists

    “Your art is not about how many people like your work,
    Your art is about
    If your heart likes your work
    If your soul likes your work
    It’s about how honest you are with yourself
    and you must never trade honesty for relatability.” –Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

    “The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through….There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end…..It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” –Jackson Pollock

    “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh

    “Inspiration is for amateurs-the rest of us just show up & get to work.” –Chuck Close

    “It’s a very exciting time we are in, because there are endless possibilities.” –Professor Seung Lee (The Pioneer 2015)

    “Draw a crazy picture,
    Write a nutty peom,
    Sing a mumble-gumble song,
    Whistle through your comb.
    Do a loony-goony dance
    ‘Cross the kitchen floor,
    Put something silly in the world
    That ain’t been there before.” –Shel Silverstein, Put Something In

    Be Nice.

    Break away from the traditional painting norms; use your hands, get messy & have fun. –Me

  8. 1. Keep an open mind. Be open to new ideas.
    2. Keep an eye out for the little things You might miss something that will make you smile.
    3. Appreciate all experiences in their own way. They all shape who you are
    4. Cut out excessiveness
    5. Try many ideas. There is always something new to learn
    6. Look for happiness in all endeavors. Work and life
    7. Do not let mistakes keep you from trying
    8. Help others and accept help from others. Sharing ideas creates things that can not be done by one’s self
    9. Be kind to mother earth. Earth takes care of us so take care of earth.
    10. Know you have your own vision

  9. Start.

    “I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

    •Always try something once.
    •Push yourself and add risk into your work whether it be for art or life.
    •Always get messy.


    •Go big and if thats not good enough, go bigger.
    •Failure is a step of learning.
    •Trust is earned. Trust is a thin line. That line snaps.
    •Let the music decide your movements and motions within a piece.
    •Draw everyday.
    •Praise Basquiat

    “I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat


  10. Be Simple. Art isn’t meant to use complex techniques, it means to express what you trying to present to this world in your subjective will.

    Be Bold. Don’t be scared about what’s in your mind, bring it out, speak it loud.

    Be Confident. Even if the whole world is judging your art, be the last one who stands for it.

    Be Open. Listen to others thoughts, and try different mediums, communicate with everyone in your life.

    Be Assiduous. Always doing art, always learn from life and always introspect.

    Be Diversified. Do others thing to increase your experience of life, try music, try movie, try gardening, try mechanic…

  11. -Love what you do. Do what you love.
    -Believe in yourself.
    -Be yourself is the most powerful technique you can apply to your work.
    -History tells you ‘ who you are ‘ and life tells you ‘ who you are going to be. ‘
    -Great piece. Great Story.
    -Write it down.
    -Brainstorm is your creativity assistant with no limit.
    -Creativity takes courage.-Henri Matisse.
    -We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.-Bob Ross
    -Every good painter paints what he is.-Jackson Pollock.
    -Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. -Salvador Dali.
    -Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.-Pablo Picasso.
    -Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams.
    -Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr.Suess
    -The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.-Walt Disney

  12. -The mission of art is to wash away the dust that accumulates in our souls. – Picasso
    -If a painter sees a different color than others, other painters will say that he is a madman. – Van Gogh
    -I have nature, art and poetry. What else do I have to satisfy? – Van Gogh
    -Those distant pasts are still vividly in sight, but in the past, all kinds of blurs are like the dawn. – Da Vinci
    -There is nothing immortal, including the art itself. The only immortality is the understanding of man and the world that art has conveyed. – Van Gogh
    -Even if I continue to suffer setbacks, I am not discouraged; even if I am physically and mentally exhausted, even if it is on the verge of collapse, I must face life. – Van Gogh
    -Art not only satisfies the requirements of beauty, but also satisfies the needs of thought.
    -The value of art and science lies in the dedication and service of all selfish desires for the interests of all.
    -Art is a delicious medicine for the soul that is tired of life and labor.
    -Real artists always risk to push all existing prejudices and express what they think of.
    -The more the art gets rid of the lesson, the more she gains the pure beauty of selflessness.
    -The true life of art is mastering and describing individual things.
    -Great art has always been the most decorative value.
    -Beauty is everywhere. For our eyes, it is not lack of beauty, but lack of discovery.
    -Without the oil, sculpture, music, poetry and the emotions caused by various -natural beauty, the joy of life will be lost in half.
    -Beauty is a form, a value, and a life experience. Beauty is the source of life and the highest realm of life.

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