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The New Futurist Manifesto, (Revised, Expanded and Updated)

Beech, Dave and Jordan, Mel and Hewitt, Andy, Freee art collective (2009) The New Futurist Manifesto, (Revised, Expanded and Updated). [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Beech, Dave and Jordan, Mel and Hewitt, Andy
Group or Collective Creators: Freee art collective

Published in the special issue of the peer reviewed journal Third Text, Art: A Vision of the Future (the 100th issue), September 2009, Vol. 23, issue 5.

The text is an artwork that was previously performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London on the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto and was one of two works commissioned by the ICA as part of the Nought to Sixty project.

The Freee Collective have written a manifesto entitled ‘The New Futurist Manifesto’ which uses the original Futurist manifesto as a template. Freee have updated the manifesto simply by changing the odd word here and there and sometimes by adding whole sections to change the meaning and politics of the original to suit a radical critique of the current world order. The manifesto was launched at the ICA exactly 100 years after the original. It starts with a history and theory of manifestos and leads from there to a series of specific demands that are timely and point to a better future – or perhaps a better futurism! ‘All art must take sides!’ it says, ‘Protest is more beautiful than the return to beauty in art’, and ‘The correct response to public art is anger!’

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Freee collective; futurism; manifesto; beech; Hewitt; Jordan; protest; future; Marinetti
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 6 October 2009
Related Websites: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09528820903184831, http://freee.org.uk/, http://www.ica.org.uk/noughttosixty
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Related Exhibitions: Nought to Sixty, ICA, London
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 14:44
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2013 14:44
Item ID: 5961
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5961

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