22/04/2011

Manifesto de Istambul, Leonel Moura 2011

The Istanbul ManifestoMarcel Duchamp’s idea was to make art with the already made.

Our idea is to make art that makes art.Manufacturing is obsolete.

Manual skill leads only to a senseless waste of time. The human artist is not a maker, but a creator. Art is a mind extension, a prosthetic, a machine that just waits to be triggered. The role of the artist is to push the ON button, giving rise to an autonomous product.

Art is fundamentally biological and evolutionary. Art is everywhere. Each life form generates a particular kind of art that spreads from simple patterns to complex symbolic communication. Organisms use chemicals, odors, touch, sounds and vision to produce art. Termites build mud structures; birds make colorful installations; whales sing. Humans assemble machines. These machines produce new designs, elaborate forms and compose images. They play music, dance and perform. Soon they will engender astonishing ideas and have futuristic visions. How can a human artist keep on making drawings, paintings or sculptures with his own hands? How can anyone still believe that art is an exclusive human feature?

A new kind of art is emerging out of proto-artificial life forms. These new artificial organisms are biological in essence. Some have tissues, some mechanical parts and others a combination of both. They think and create. Soon they will reproduce and evolve without human intervention. They will be entirely autonomous. The role of the human artist is to give birth, to activate, to let it go, to lose control. We can make the artists that make the art.

Isn’t it a marvelous sensation to see a machine creating a painting on its own? To show, before our eyes, a competence that our ancestors thought to be exclusively human? Isn’t such a painting the most amazing art work since the first cave etchings? Isn’t it the superb output of a freshly arrived intelligence on earth?

Art is everywhere. Natural life do it. Artificial life do it too. Art is beyond humankind . How can we be insensitive to this extraordinary proliferation of creativity? Why be fearful of what adds, doesn’t subtract? How not embrace enthusiastically this non zero sum game?

Human artists are part, not the whole. Human artists can make a difference by exploring the full extension of creativity. The great artist of tomorrow will not be human.


Leonel Moura

Henrique Garcia Pereira

Ken Rinaldo (04.11)

April 7th 2011, Istanbul, Galata Perform

Random postscripts (LM)

1. What changes in the observer’s perspective when it is observed by a non-human entity?[not to do with Quantum Theory (the observer changes and integrates what’s observed); and, radically not, any supernatural fantasy] [04.15]

2. Descriptions of non-human intelligent forms are subject to an inevitable anthropomorphism. We still call Queen to the reproductive module of an ant colony. But this kind of reductionism will not be possible if the entity to observe is in fact and notoriously the one that is observing us. [04.15]

3. Some of our strongest fears of generating a very intelligent artificial life form stems from this displacement of the centrality of observation that would occur. Like is the case of coming across with a very advanced extraterrestrial life. [04.15]


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