Kayla Anderson
Susan Aparicio
Vickie Aravindhan
Naama Attias
Katherine Aungier
Ana Baginski
Eugenia Barbuc
Brian Bowman
Jinseok Choi
Beth Fiedorek
Gosia Herc-Balaszek
Heather Gutentag
Babsi Loisch
Ramona Joy Mikelson
Silvi Naçi
Margaret Oakley
Elizabeth Preger
Linda Ravenswood de Montaño
Alexeis Reyes
Amanda Ross-Ho
Madison Spencer
Ewa Surowiec
Nathaniel Whitfield
Zach Whitworth
Gosia Wojas

Organized by:
Ana Baginski
Silvi Naçi
Gosia Wojas

Hosted by:
UCLA New Wight Biennial, October 11th and 25th, 2020

A conversation aimed to practice "hope as discipline"*. Collective reading and and writing of living document to reflect the conditions of our realities as well as sought imaginaries.Google doc as the manifesto: a proclamation of thoughts, beliefs and doubts that equally manifest the urgency for hope and aspirations of our communities.

Manifesto published by the UCLA 2020 New Wight Biennial as part of the biennial catalog (upcoming).

*"hope is a discipline" is a phrase famously said by a restorative justice activist, Mariame Kabe.

Chapter (12)
~ Hope Manifesto

There's a beautiful quote by Audre Lorde that the author of “Burn It Down”, Breanne Fahs, had included in her introduction. And the quote is, “So we are working in a context of opposition and threat, the cause of which is certainly not the angers which lie between us, but rather that virulent hatred level against all women, people of color lesbians and gay men, poor people against all of us who are seeking to examine the particulars of our lives as we resist our oppressions moving toward coalition and effective action”. And this quote is from the ‘Uses of Anger’, in Women's Studies Quarterly 9, from 1981.

I think this quote greatly adds to what we're discussing. But there's a couple of other quotes maybe worth throwing out there. In terms of how we approach the form or, maybe how we don't approach the form, of course, this is something that we are dissecting right now. The quote: “Manifestos rely on words to “do the work of bombs”, to use the phrase of scholar, Kira Pierson, they explode and implode. stripped to its bare bones clean as a whistle and as piercing, the manifesto is modest and forceful, exuberant and vivid attention grabbing, immediate and urgent and never mumbles is always an overdose and overdrive” (Burn it Down). And one from Theresa Ebert: “The manifesto is writing and struggle, it is writing on the edge where textuality is dragged into the streets. And language is carried to the barricades, it is writing, confronting established practices in order to open up new spaces for oppositional praxis”, which circulates back to the quote from Audrey Lorde.

We can't talk about Covid-19 and the high mortality rates amongst people of color and not talk about racism, we can't talk about opportunities or hope in this country and not talk about racism - white supremacy and rape culture is an attack on bodies being exploited for the Eurocentric universalism and capitalist machine - defund the oppressors, divest from oil, invest in reparations. Paul Preciado wrote, as a young person, that: “[manifesto] doesn’t start with a call for revolution, but with the realization that we are the revolution that is already taking place.” This is what these workshop sessions are about for me. Being together, holding space for each other... we might have set out with a grand plan to collectively work towards a manifesto document, but it is clear that the real manifesto is us, in this virtual space, right now, in real time...

Gosia Wojas, excerpts from the Hope Manifesto meeting sessions
[Kira Pierson, “Words Should do the Work of Bombs”: Margaret Cho as Symbolic Assassin”, Women and Language 32: 1, 2009]
[Teresa Ebert, “Manifestos as Theory and Theory as Material Force: Toward a Red Polemic”, JAC 23: 3, 2003] [Paul B. Preciado, Forward to “Counter-sexual Manifesto”, Columbia University Press, 2018]