This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-05-05 14:00:00 to 2022-05-08 14:00:00. View 48 entries
A Manifesto for Manifesto Jam 2022:
LOOSE THE WORDS CHOKED BACK, THEY WILL FEED THE FUTURE
It is time to put down your tools, to look beyond the work at hand to the imagined, incredible could be's.To turn to the impractical, the messy and the unabridged. In 2018 the first Manifesto Jam ran and it is my belief that the manifestos written then have only become more important. They are signposts of where we were, and the paths we could, have and tried to walk - they are documents I turn back to regularly in my own life to re-energize.
A manifesto lays out our intentions, vision and desires for our art form. It addresses where we are - and where could be going. They are impractical tools, rhetorical and political - beautiful because of this. They cannot do anything on their own but - they kick down the door of our assumptions and makes a mess of the room. As Em Reed said in the first manifesto jams Manifesto;
"Whether positive or negative, whether embracing potential worlds or outright rejecting the one you’re in. They are visionary, they demand, they refuse. Manifestoes can be of any scale, defining your personal aesthetic or how to fix the entire world, but they cannot be satisfied."
They are instead here to guide and inspire. And to put it bluntly, this manifesto, the one you are reading is an earnest call - write your manifesto; show the world what you urgently need to say, and to say is as Aaron Lim tells us; "in all your glory and fullness."
The form of a jam is intended to make this call more clear and direct - my manifesto is this Jam - a call to do it now. Make it today, tonight, write it on scrap paper, in a text file, draw it in paint, sing it into a microphone, bring it into the world however you can. Make it, edit it quickly, be unhinged, and be free. Like the musical jamming that inspired the idea of game jams, this is a call to respond, interact and play with each other - to let yourself be touched by someone else’s words, and to let your words reach out to them.
I want everyone to write about games, how to make, write, eat, breath, mix, break, tease, investigate, explore, touch, respond, pray, summon, control, define, or anything with games and art. I want games that aren't games, that are liturgies, that are made by hands, made by people, that are grown in soft soil.
I want the urgent thoughts we choke back, to spring forth onto pages and into minds other than ours.
I want them to be the food to fuel the next four years.
This Jam would not exist without the first Manifesto Jam by Em Reed - my thanks for running it then, and for being cool when I asked to run it again!
MANIFESTO JAM RULES:
(sub "rule": Please don't just republish something you have posted elsewhere, no one is a cop here but it is a Jam, so y'know? - HOWEVER, that doc you have hidden on your computer, filled with scrawlings is fair game)
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