Magdalena Moreno, Director South Project (Chile, Australia)

moreno • The idea/concept of a manifesto is like a double edged sword for me. On the one hand, the ability to articulate a particular belief, manifest a collective urgency is something that I find is an inspiring and uplifting moment of collective and public action and conviction. On the other hand, it does in many cases generate extreme viewpoints that do not allow for it to be in flux. And this is my concern. Situations are fluid, living culture is not static. Therefore manifestos can seem to date very quickly and once dated they can be meaningless unless they framed of that time, for that time.

• CADA (Colectivo de Acciones de Arte) was a collective of 2 visual artists and 3 writers in Chile that emerges as a response to the dictatorship in the 70’s in Chile, when there was no freedom of speech and all galleries and museums became official “art spaces” where works endorsed by the military dictatorship could only be shown. This meant that a majority of the arts community (those that had not been killed) had to rethink how they would present their work and engage the public. CADA presented a series of actions in the public domain – at times these would no last more than 5 minutes – until the police came and dismantled it. The artists were usually alerted on time – and they ran... The manifesto I have submitted comes from an action CADA performed. They accessed a four military places and flew over the streets of Santiago releasing 400,000 pamphlets into the air with their manifesto. This action has stayed with me forever.

• I believe there is a time and place for manifestos, the most effective are those that come from grassroots and respond to an immediate situation – not those that are heavily ideological...