Manifesto Evaluation

20th September 2019

Overall I am pleased with my manifesto. I feel strongly about the stance of my manifesto as it shows how I immerse myself in culture, and media. However not passively, it is healthy to question what is in front of you. My time based piece I am pleased with, this is the second animation I have made. I am still learning and it is not 100% smooth but I feel my message is put across.

Prototypes

19th September 2019

To start off with I brainstormed each section of my manifesto. I knew I needed a structure. My animation was going to take a long time to create so I did not plan it meticulously, but instead created a list of what I wanted to create for each slide. I then painted out each frame and background separately. I used photoshop to animate.

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Example of a painted background

Brainstorming My Manifesto

2nd September 2019

To get started on my own personal manifesto, I decided to start writing down some ideas. I focused on things that bothered me, and things that I try to implement in my work. Thinking about the idea of perfection was important to me as I think that it is something that cannot be achieved. It can put me off creating sometimes, as there is a fear that I won’t like the piece that I create. I feel that sometimes I take my work TOO seriously, and this can stunt my creativity. As an artist I want to grow, and by following these tips I feel that I can develop and learn as an artist. One thing that I forgot to add was ‘Don’t compare your work to others’. I do this quite a lot, and I think that it makes me question myself and creates doubt.

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Now I need to work out how to find a stance on this manifesto and find the underlying theme. The key words I think of when I read these pointers are; growth, mindful, stimulate, notice. I really like the idea of being observant, and noticing things and keeping the brain active. 

I really like the idea of being alert and noticing your surroundings. These suggestions could be the answer to my creative process. Stage 1 (to gain inspiration) : Look up, notice, absorb question. Stage 2: (to create): Don’t compare yourself to others, let go. And create!!!!

Existing Manifestos

24th August 2019

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Back in March this year I visited the exhibition  Corita Kent Power Up!  at the House of Illustration. The exhibition was one of the best I had seen in a long time, the political messages that Kent communicated through her art struck a nerve with me. Kent is one of my favourite artists due to the fact that her art is aesthetically pleasing, so colourful and also very political. To be able to combine talent with a strong message is something that I am very inspired by.

Whilst visiting the exhibition, I received a free poster. On the back of the poster was the ‘Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules’. I kept this due to the fact that I found it inspiring and something to look at with interest due to my own studies at university. I realised that whilst looking at the brief for this project that it was a perfect example of a manifesto for the students at the college to follow. 

Corita Kent taught this class at the college in LA from 1967-8 (Published in: Corita Kent, Learning By Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit.)

IMMACULATE HEART COLLEGE ART DEPARTMENT RULES

Here is my copy that I scanned in. I annotated and highlighted the ‘rules’ in order to pick them apart and find out what they entail.

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Here are the Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules. This is the first manifesto I ever came across that was art related. Several of these points struck a particular nerve with me, and made me think about my own practice.

These were:

Consider everything an experiment 

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. 

The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything. It might come in handy later.

General understanding of this:

After looking at Corita’s ‘rules’ I feel that she was trying to tell students to be fearless. By this I mean to not worry about things being perfect, but to just create and not worry about it. By considering everything an experiment, it would mean that when creating work there is not a worry for perfection. By creating SOMETHING, it is much more productive than not doing anything. The ‘hints’ Kent puts at the bottom of the list are also interesting, as it tells her students to take notice of things, such as films, to read, to go out. Essentially, Kent is saying that you should DO, and not be passive.

I identify with these ‘rules’ deeply as I feel that my own practice can be hindered by my own pressure of the final result being perfect. I also feel that Kent’s advice to read, watch films and take advantage of opportunities is important. While making my manifesto, which is focused on my own making, I want to think about how I create, and what I can do to improve my process. 

Enquiry: What is a manifesto?

18th August 2019

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To be able to create a manifesto, I need to be able to understand what a manifesto is.

Manifesto – (noun) mænɪfestoʊ

manifesto is a statement published by a person or group of people, especially a political party, or a government, in which they say what their aims and policies are.(Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers).

To create my own manifesto, I need to think about my own aims as an artist. This makes me think about three things in particular. Why do I create, how do I create and what do I create as an artist. In order to create my manifesto I need to think about my inspirations, and my own values. In order to create my own manifesto, it is important for me to look at other existing manifestos. 

The Laws of Sculptors, Gilbert & George, 1967

Gilbert and George’s overriding mantra is “Art for all”, a reaction against the intellectual and economical elitism of contemporary art. This wry extract is taken from the pair’s first manifesto of 1969, (Royal Academy Website). The Laws of Sculptors. 1. Always be smartly dressed, well groomed, relaxed, friendly, polite and in complete control. 

2. Make the world believe in you and to pay heavily for this privilege.

3. Never worry, assess, discuss or criticize but remain quiet respectful and calm.

4. The Lord chisels still, so don’t leave your bench for long. 

I find this manifesto interesting, as it encourages artists to keep up a good appearance, and approach art from a sort of business way (dressing nicely, remaining calm, friendly and polite etc). I feel that this is a very personal manifesto for Gilbert and George, as it would not appeal to everyone. In contrast I immediately think about someone like Grayson Perry, who wears whatever he wants and has an alter ego. Gilbert and George create irony with the way they dress due to the fact that they are eccentric, but wear clothes that fit into society and appear normal.

Red Alan’s Manifesto (Grayson Perry)

I was drawn to this manifesto due to the way it is presented (on a handkerchief). I like the fact that he is ‘nothing in art is new or old fashioned only good or bad’. I feel that art is recycled and interchangeable. Even original ideas have inspiration or links to other things. Although a lot of these things are comedic, I feel that the idea that we ‘must dare’ to make ‘that difficult first mark on the blank canvas of the future’ is quite poignant. As artists I feel that it is important to try new things and let go and just create.

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