This 10 week course will incorporate reading, writing, video and performance. In lieu of Marina Abramovic’s 7 easy pieces, everyone will be asked to research and recreate a performance art piece of their choosing (that already exists). Students will then craft a piece on their own. Highlighting the body as a site of origination, we will develop movement practices that consult felt sensation and ritual practice, working with Qi Gong and Body Mind Centering techniques. Examining ‘statement as art’ through performance history, embodied practices and guest speakers we will then apply the previously said to the written word- as each student will make their own m*nifest* addressing their aesthetic, poetic, material & political insights. Reading a number of different m*nifest*s from Valerie Solanas, Art et liberté , Oswald de Andrade’, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Yvonne Rainer, (and many more). Translating physicality and performativity into language; we will dissect the m*nifest* as a creative site of expression and potent tool of mobilization. We will intently examine the pace, message, form , & humor embedded with-in textuality of proclamation.