Manifesto Reflection – Redefining Coexistence

Printed Postcards (5/10)

Link to PDFs of ALL Postcards (The quality was very compromised when uploading to WordPress)

Twitter Account (All prompts posted here for discussion)

 

As my time-based piece was a class discussion, I don’t have a digital file, however, we primarily discussed two prompts. I received some responses from peers prior to the discussion over text message as many did not have Twitter accounts to directly reply to my tweets. The questions and responses I received personally are below.

  • When was the last time you actively reached out to stand up for a marginalized group?
    • “The last time I stood up for a marginalized group was a few weeks ago in Union Square protesting Kavanaugh. I stood out to me that many women have been and continue to be marginalized at work due to their gender and face sexual harassment and abuse in their workplace. I thought standing with these people wouldn’t possibly amount the number of women still being marginalized to this day, but it can at least give hope and try to prevent this from happening again.”
  • Why is change towards a more accepting future for marginalized groups so scary for most people?
    • “I think that people are threatened because there are certain power structures that have been in place for so long and people are not willing to sacrifice their privilege because they think they are entitled to it. The way our society is set up favours certain groups of people and has for a long time and people aren’t ready to see that change and are threatened by what that change could bring or take away.”

The discussion went very well and everybody was eager to have their voices heard. There is a certain comfort that arises when airing important thoughts like these, and I hope that while relaxing the minds of my peers, I was able to also amp up their emphasis in their day-to-day lives by discussing important issues.

When beginning to formulate my manifesto, I started by writing about topics that I was passionate about, what really drew out an endless stream of words and thoughts. With this, I realized that I wanted to create a manifesto that forces audiences to similarily feel the urge to communicate, to work out issues in the world that they haven’t voiced opinions on.

I struggled to make my manifesto about myself in particular. My peers’ manifestos were very personal and based upon specific experiences. I suppose that in my life, I’ve encountered such privilege when dealing with hardships. I’ve always been able to recover from traumas. Not everyone gets a chance to make situations better. I’ve been provided platforms and support to get through tough situations. So when creating a manifesto of my beliefs, I suppose I wanted to lighten the loads that others face, providing privilege to those around me. Every soul carries its own pain and opinions. I wanted to create a platform to unpack these heavy subject to relieve the minds of many. The weight of the world takes its toll and I feel passionate about airing these grievances in order to overcome and problem-solve.

After reviewing the work of my peers, I was blown away with their personal anecdotes! The delivery of incredibly tough topics and obviously sensitive subjects to many through such beautiful zines was so impactful. Not only was my peer’s work incredibly skillful and thought out, it shared their voices and experiences in such a powerful way that allowed for us all to relate within, caring for one another and relieving one another of such heavy subjects.

This honesty forced me to reflect on the impersonal nature of my manifesto. I wouldn’t completely change my idea if I were to go back, but in the future I definitely want to create upon my own hardships and traumas, to use my voice to express myself rather than shying away and drawing attention toward topics I feel deserve more attention than my past. I guess shying away is my way of moving forward from my past, not letting it linger. I feel inspired to such a degree that since my peers started unpacking rough moments in their manifestos, I  created a film for my Time class that is the first time at Parsons, or in general, that I have reached deep within my personal experiences to create art that comes from such an emotional or sorrowful place. It is a new way of managing pain that I don’t often create from, as I often design my art to provoke audiences or certain reactions, rather than creating for myself.  Through this, I believe I have changed a lot in my inspiration and process. I am very grateful for this project.

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