Manifesto for Dust
Manifesto for Dust is a multithreaded moving type video that lays out a philosophy underlying born-variable art, as opposed to artwork that may use variable media techniques for preservation. Inspired by Fluxist and Futurist manifestos, the text is composed of a series of linked ideas that form a non-linear discussion challenging artists, art institutions, and art viewers to rethink the way they perceive artifacts. As multiple sentences are presented onscreen simultaneously the viewer is forced to make their own interpretive choice by deciding which text path to follow and which ones will be left behind, making each viewing of the piece different and emphasizing the variability of experience.
Manifesto for Dust is best viewed using the native executables for Windows or OS X. However, if those programs are too old to run on your computer, the video below demonstrates the poem with some loss of quality.