Making of a Manifesto

Our most recent ORBIT weekend tackled some really important issues, chief amongst them the creation of an Artistic Manifesto for an organisation or individual. We enjoyed a five minute exploration of three very different manifestos.

In the Pre-Raphaelites we saw a group of young artists who came together with shared values and articulated and defined those values. They identified what they saw as wrong and proposed a solution. The movement broke through to politics and social issues, included female artists and believed that art could change society. Concepts which feel as salient today as when they were first incorporated into this manifest.

On behalf on DADA, Hugo Ball stated, “For us, art is not an end in itself….but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in". This resonates with the belief that art is not about a finished product but about the processes of experimentation and critique. This too is what the ORBIT Project seeks to do.

From the provocative brain of Grayson Perry came Red Allan's manifesto which is playful, irreverent and contains the statement "my favourite artwork is the one I make next". A reminder not to play by the rules and to constantly re-imagine.

Then it was over to the Youth Council to determine their personal manifestos for taking part in ORBIT. We looked at the objectives for the project and five key themes; interpersonal relationships, creative thinking skills, confidence, resilience, and communication. We identified how taking part in ORBIT was impacting in these areas and how to articulate this in short bullet points. We refined these sentences down into one statement each and created a manifesto placard for each. Our final act of rebellion was to host a campfire side vigil, complete with marshmallows of course!

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