Public Manifestos

Activity Steps:

Think about what happens when manifesto statements are made public, then write and post your own public manifesto. Observe any reactions.

1. Select:
In the spirit of Jenny Holzer, write a one-line manifesto (see the 'Personal Manifestos' activity for ideas). Transfer it to large paper.
2. Make it public:
Post the manifesto in a public space where it will generate interest. (Be sure to get permission before posting.)
3. Record:
Observe what happens to your message for a few days and take notes in your journal. Are people talking back to it? Are they baffled? Amused? Disinterested?
4. Reflect:
In your journal, reflect on the following questions:

  1. Did the meaning of your manifesto change when you posted it in public?
  2. If you posted your manifesto on a billboard, would it mean something different? What if it appeared in an art museum?
  3. How do you think your personal manifesto might change five years
    from now?