Active Resistance (AR) welcomes you:
Dear Friends, We all love art and some of you claim to be artists. Without judges there is no art. She only exists when we know her. Does she exist? The answer to this question is of vital importance because if art is alive the world will change. No art, no true progress.
She is saying: You can’t have culture without art – and you can’t have art without the art lover.
I had at least two strong attempts to write the Manifesto, but I didn’t like either of them – it was too much of a harangue. I wanted to get off that soap box. I wanted to find a way to involve my listeners.
I was reading ‘The Conference of the Birds’ in a dramatic form from Peter Brooks’ famous theatre in Paris. It was originally a very long poem written in 12th century Persia. In the story, many birds meet and decide to go on a journey to find their King. It’s one of my treasures – I love this dramatic text and would love to see it performed one day.
After reading it, I insisted on regaling Andreas with its genius. He immediately turned to me and said, “Why don’t you do the Manifesto like that?” And I thought, whew, a journey – that’s the way to do it!
Next time, the Pirate & Sir Morgan Mammon. Who are they? If you want to anticipate, we’d love to hear from you.