Bath School of Art ran a Manifestos Workshop in Nov 2018 looking at the history and purpose of Artist Manifestos. My group were inspired by the Dadaist movement and Tom McCarthy’s view that manifestos are a defunct format but nevertheless compelling – in the way that a broken bicycle wheel was compelling for Duchamp.
We wrote a manifesto titled Manifestos are a load of rubbish and then set fire to it. Play the video for more info.
“And while we put on a show of being facile, we are actually searching for the essence of things…” quote from Monsieur Antipyrine’s Dadaist Manifesto 1916