Das Manifest

  1. The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.

  2. The best and most challenging artists will be those who every hour snatch the tatters of their bodies out of the turbulent whirl of life, who, with bleeding hands and hearts, hold fast to the intelligence of their time.

  3. Purge the world of bourgeois sickness, intellectual, professional and commercialized culture.

  4. It should be dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.

  5. Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.

  6. Fuse the cadres of cultural, social and political revolutionaries into united front and action.

  7. Every emotion, every idea presents itself in some form. The basic form is the image.

  8. Purge the world of dead art, imitation, artificial art, abstract art, illusionistic art. Purge the world of ‘Europanism’.

  9. All ideas are art if they are concerned with art and fall within the conventions of art.

  10. The essential character of art consists in never holding on to the idea conceptually or expressing it directly.

  11. To be against this manifesto is to be an artist.

Zeit ist keine Autobahn
Michael Sailstorfer
2008

We have accepted, might even support, and surely do facilitate day-by-day authoritarian social structures.

Das Manifest (film stills)
Nicole Ziegler
2010
Connective Potential
Matthew Cangiano
2018
Untitled (dead space)
David Hanes
2017

The avant-garde also proved that it is as well about failing.