Incidentalist Manifestos Draft 11, Idiosyntactix circa 1998 // #platpol11

Idiosyntactix Strategic Arts & Sciences Alliance
– The Brand Name Of The Media Revolution!




Witten by Dmytri Kleiner




Incidentalism is not a style of art, but rather an attitude towards the
practice of art. Incidentalists are artists of any style, practice or
medium who apply incidentalism in their work.




The artist is a worker of boundries. To articulate is to express by
manipulating boundries, boundries in sounds and shapes, boundaries in
beliefs and behaviour. Whether for a page, canvas, stage or a moment of
pregnant silence, it is the task of the artist to express that which has
never been. It is through this articulation, this boundary work, that new
ideas, new knowledge and new techniques first emerge.


WHEREAS, it is the artist who is the bringer of the new,
SO THEREFORE incidentalism is a strategy for provoking new expressions.




The new cannot be achieved with skill or knowledge, both of which are
rooted in the past, and are artifacts of the old. You cannot find the new
by way of that which you have already conceived. If the outcome of an
incident can be imagined, any enlightenment has already been perceived in
the imagining; only the un-planned can reveal the un-preconcieved.
Incidentalism seeks to introduce uncontrollable or unpredictable factors
into the incident of art.


WHEREAS incidentalism strives to express the new,
SO THEREFORE it is not our purpose to use art as a tool to demonstrate our
own skill or knowledge, but rather to use art as an apparatus to incite
expressions that are beyond our own preconceptions.




Art is not an object, art happens. Art happens when the actions of artists
bring expressions into a state where they can be perceived. All objects
that result from an incident are merely the residue of the incident, not
the art itself.


WHEREAS residue incites further incidents which produce more residue,
SO THEREFORE an incident never truly ends; in fact all incidents change




All words, colours, shapes, movements, sounds and all other forms of
expressions belong to all that have perceived them or wish to express them.
All expressions are extensions of previous perceptions. Even if an
expression is intentionally duplicated, it will always be affected and
changed by the new incident of expression. Even if an expression is
purposefully unique, the artifacts of the incident and previous perceptions
will always be present. While no expression can ever be exactly repeated,
neither can any expression be completely new.


WHEREAS, all expressions are both original and derivative,
SO THEREFORE any attempt to claim ideas, knowledge or techniques as
property is fraud.




Ideas, knowledge and techniques are the fuel of progress. Limits on
expression are enforced by vested interests in order to retain power. The
new is a threat to the power of the status quo. Since the freedom of
expressions to resonate is of critical importance, incidentalism will
strive to reclaim any expression stolen from the public wealth, and give
resonance to expressions suppressed by censors or otherwise excluded from
public dialogue.


WHEREAS, expressions belong to all,
SO THEREFORE all things that restrict expression are tools of oppression.




Incident: The moment when art happens.


Incidentalist: An artist who practices incidentalism.


Coincidentalists: Anybody present or involved with an incident, including
the other incidentalists. Coincidentalists are not necessarily
Incidentalists or share the Incidentalists motives or beliefs.
Incidentalist art has no audience, only coincidentalists.


Accidentalist: An accidentalist, also called a Rubist, is one who incites
incidents with powerful and insightful resonance without any intention at
all to do such. The work of the Accidentalist has the greatest potency
because it is entirely unpreconcieved and therefore limitless in its
potential to incite new and enlightening expressions.


Conventionist: Conventionists admire convention and feel important because
of their relationship with, or knowledge of conventions, and usually these
conventions are widely propagated by vested interests. They like
conventional ideas and convention-like activities where people gather,
frequently in a convention center, to worship conventions. They concern
themselves with inane categorizations and judge value based on the fraud of
authenticity. To a conventionist a thing has more value because it more
closely replicates or mimics another thing, or is more similar to an idea
or type that is well-defined, and is supposedly more authentic or genuine.
They admire the well-planned and do not want the unpreconcieved to affect




Incidentalist Inferiority Doctrine: One cannot try to be an Accidentalist
— one either is or isn’t one, and even that is not a state of being but
rather a role in a particular incident. The Incidentalists accept that
their work will always be secondary to the work of the Accidentalist. The
Incidentalists accept that they must be merely artists; the Incidentalists
admires and tries to learn from the Rubist, but does not try to be or
become a Rubist, as that would be futile and the results predictable.


Failure Is Success Doctrine: An incidentalist does not rejoice when a test
is passed with ease, but rather is disappointed because clearly the test
has been too easy. If a goal is accomplished too readily, then the goal is
deemed to have been set too low. If a plan goes off without a hitch, then
the plan has lacked ambition. The Incidentalists are always reaching beyond
their grasp, as nothing within their grasp will incite the new. Any plan of
action with an easily predictable outcome is not worth doing.


Manifesto as Conventionism Doctrine: By virtue of defining conventions,
these Manifestos themselves contain the seeds of conventionism; they are at
best a point of departure for the practicing incidentalist and not of great
value. These Manifestos are intended for those who are curious about
incidentalism, be they admiring conventionists or emerging incidentalists.
These Manifestos are not in any way complete, conclusive or binding and are
subject to change without notice.

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