What is a Manifesto and what should it look like?

If you’re having problems writing your manifesto, remember that a manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions (often political in nature). ‘Manifesto’ is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum (meaning ‘clear’ or ‘conspicuous’). Manifestos typically consist of a number of statements, which are numbered or in bullet points and which do not necessarily follow logically from one to the next:

A manifesto is a communication made to the whole world, whose only pretension is to the discovery of an instant cure for political, astronomical, artistic, parliamentary, agronomical and literary syphilis. It may be pleasant, and good-natured, it’s always right, it’s strong, vigorous and logical. Apropos of logic, I consider myself very likeable.

If you want to know more on what a manifesto exactly is, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_manifesto and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifesto

Also, check out these manifesto’s/websites for more inspiration:
– Bavo Research
– The Cheap Art Manifesto
– Manifesto Art not Art
– The clueatrain manifesto
– Realtime Art Manifesto
– A Hacker’s Manifesto by The Mentor
– Manifesto of Virtual Art

And if you’re wondering what your manifesto should look like, here are some interesting examples:






















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