Blanco Manifest, Belgium (Ghent), 2016
+- 40 students, flags, textile, megaphones
(please note that the location of this happening is of significant importance)
Blanco Manifest is a temporary,
symbolic abolishment of the illusionary hierarchy of problems,
in the shape of a protest in the name of
ALL THE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD.
‘‘ There is too much to protest about;
every single day of our lives.
Open your mail,
open your newspaper,
open your feed
and you will se anger of all sorts.
Is anger a reason for protest?
Is frustration a reason to shout in public?
How thin is the line between moaning,
nagging… and revolution? ’’
‘‘ Even though it is said that,
these contemporary days are
the most peaceful humankind has ever known,
there is always place for improvement in our society.
And I am damn tired of internalising
my anger towards all sorts of problematics
of which I cannot do anything about.
I needed a physical experience;
just like what we see happening in other countries ’’
- Anonymous participant
To achieve unity in all problematics,
we used the metaphorical analogy of light
and sound waves in physics;
1. the composition of white light,
which is an addition of all colours of the spectrum;
2. that of white noise, which is in its turn,
a sound created by playing all frequencies
simultaneously at a even volume.
This formula results in an seemingly
‘empty’ manifest discarding all use
of figurative content but containing
all the problems existing, oversaturated and layered.
'‘Individual thoughts and personal subjects
of participants are equalled,
and eventually cancelled out by each other
into a blank representation
of all of the problems in the world.
It was a coincidence that
the new American president got elected
a few days before Blanco Manifest took place,
Aside from that fact, individuals taking part
could finally, in a physical way,
express their sadness or anger towards
all kinds of personal issues, that became interwoven
internal-external protests in the name of
Belgium Selling F16 to Saudi Arabia,
the Decimation of the Bee,
The One Who Broke your Heart,
People That Stay in the Middle of An Escalator, etc."
Legislative documents for potential police intervention
Conventional objects and patterns of protest are used; flags, banners and t-shirts, group chants, musical dynamics, rhythms, urban choreographies — discarding all verbal communication (except for the ending crescendo).
A protest is an act of attention seeking raise of awareness on a specific issue — taking place in the public sphere. A group protest or demonstration manifests the shared opinion of a group of human beings, physically expressing themselves by performing an act, seeking for reformation with the wish to influence a public opinion or governmental policy. But there is just too much to protest about. All the time.
The right to demonstrate and protest is democratic right and is often seen as a duty of the citizen, depending on the country; it is seen as a way to communicate towards otherwise unreachable persons or groups; elected representatives, CEO´s, or a country´s population. The public opinion and stand towards group manifestations is changing and differs from country to country. This was as well a concentrated moment of togetherness, about public performing, sound experimentation and urban choreography of the human flock.
*This was initiated by the frustrated and young art student that I was and still am;
a hypocrite statement due to a lack of motivation; a lack of reason; a lack of emotion to physically go protests against worldly problems. Could this be due to my environment, location, generation, ...
I wrote an essay a few months before, 'Truth or Dare', about clicktivism, how poeple and I ranted about politics on social media, about youngsters of my generation that don't feel empowered on a political level, but at the same time do — but don't go out when angry (that is the situation of the context of my environment — protest by youngster are uprising all over the world but not where I lived).