Historical Manifesto Set:
#1 – the 1909 Futurist Manifesto by F.T. Marinetti. Neon red cardstock cover, black and white, 16 pages.
#2 – a mini-zine compilation of short visual manifestos, including: the 1984 “Why Cheap Art?” manifesto by Bread and Puppet Theater, the “Fluxus” Manifesto of 1963 by George Maciunas, the 1965 “Fluxmanifesto on Art Amusement” by George Maciunas, and the recent “Micromentalist Manifesto.” Neon green cardstock cover, black and white, 12 pages.
#3 – the 1924 “Le Manifeste du Surrealisme,” by Andre Breton. Neon blue cardstock cover, black and white, 16 pages.
#4 – the 1999 Stuckist Manifesto by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson. Bright yellow cardstock cover, black and white, 6 pages.
#5 – the famous 1916 Hugo Ball Dada Manifesto. Hot pink cardstock cover featuring Tristan Tzara, famous Dadaist, black and white, 5 pages.
Local Manifesto Set:
#1 – Chris Stroffolino, local Oakland artist’s, Emeryvilification Manifesto, which talks about the “Emeryvilification” (gentrification) of Oakland. Bright pink cardstock cover, black and white, 5 pages.
#2 – Art for a Democratic Society’s own Celeste Christie’s, Earnest Art Manifesto, which calls for more earnestness in art. Neon blue cardstock cover, black and white, 8 pages.
#3 – Art for a Democratic Society’s own Steve Damewood’s, Rude Mechanicals Manifesto, which is for anger, not irony, and against postmodernism. Bright yellow cardstock cover, black and white, 22 pages with black and white illustrations.
#4 – S.R. Kucharski, local Bay Area artist’s, Tomorrowism Manifesto, a prescription for Artistic Direction Indecision. Bright orange cardstock cover, black and white, 11 pages.
And “So You Wanna Write a Manifesto?”:
This guide discusses why we like to talk about manifestos, types of manifestos, and good ways to brainstorm ideas for your manifesto. It also includes a mini-workbook with questions that are sure to get you thinking, and 4 improv manifestos. Red cardstock cover, 16 pages, black and white.
Art for a Democratic Society is an organization based in Oakland, California that combines aspects of traditional grassroots political organizing with participatory performance art and social practice techniques. With the goal of creating a public space for the discussion of art and its relation to politics and society, we hold a monthly event called “Street Salon”. At this event we engage art gallery audiences in interactive art projects and solicit their participation in polls about art and politics. Link here.