Manifesto for everyday Life:
by Lars Høie
- Individual creativity is a dogma of contemporary softcapitalism, rather than the domain of non-conformist artists: fiction is everywhere.
- Roland Barthes’ ‘Death of the Author’ revealed that authorship is a capitalist construct. It did not stop authorship; it only showed its hollowness.
- If we had to ask for permission, we would not exist.
- Art is a license to do things wrong. The rest of the world just tries to get it right. We aim to fail, to not know, to run fast and break things.
- Start copying what you love. Copy, copy, copy. At the end of the copy, you will find yourself.
- You can be copied but you can’t be imitated.
- We must seek to explore new frontiers of creativity, for they are the last hope.
- Ignore your inner voice. Seek instead to adopt voices and opinions that are not your own. This will make them your own.
- If you do something wrong for long enough people will eventually think of it as right.
- Innovate only as a last resort.
- Choice is authorship! Legitimate authorship!
- The moment you stand up in front of people, you are no longer authentic.
- Acting is plagiarism.
- My intention is simply to create work that contaminates history.
- Anyone can do what I do, but they do not dare it. They are afraid of being called frauds, fakes, thieves.
- Art is something that makes nothing happen.
- Love art, hate the art world!
- Every word I say is stupid and false. All in all, I am a pseudo.
- If something is not false, do not trust it.
- I want the freedom not to be great.
"I think about my work as an open circuit, where whenever I create work it’s iterative, and whenever I create work there’s always a possibility of me not necessarily knowing it connects to everything else that I’ve made."
- Record ideas as they emerge
- Suspend all critical judgement until the end of the session. Idea production is ten times greater when imagination isn't restricted by judicial attitudes.
- Quantity is important. The more ideas, the greater the likelihood of success.
- Set a goal for how many ideas you want to come up with. Make the number so large that you will have to stretch to achieve your goal.
- Use and build on the ideas of others.
"This is your assignment.
Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. Feel powerless. Feel frozen. And then FOCUS.
Pick up your pen. Pick up your paintbrush. Pick up your damn chin. Put your two calloused hands on the turntables, in the clay, on the strings. Get behind the camera. Look for that pinprick of light. Look for the truth (yes, it is a thing—it still exists.)
Focus on that light. Enlarge it. Reveal the fierce urgency of now. Reveal how shattered we are, how capable of being repaired. But don’t lament the break. Nothing new would be built if things were never broken. A wise man once said: there’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Get after that light.
This is your assignment."
—Wendy MacNaughton, Courtney E. Martin