Student Work: A Public manifesto

After reading various artist manifestos including Ellen Lupton’s Manifesto Mania and discussing the form of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, students were asked to write their own, one sentence, manifesto. Each manifesto was translated into a poster in Illustrator. The posters were presented and critiqued followed by a surprise final portion to the project, the students were to take the in-class feedback to realize their manifesto in public. This final translation of the piece could take the form of a sign, a performance, a video, or a sculpture. This last portion of the project opened up a dialogue among the students to consider work in the public sphere; students discussed the implications of choosing a form in conjunction with notions of audience, participation, duration and context.