This collection aggregates manifestos concerned with making as a subpractice of the digital humanities.


Matt Applegate


Matt Applegate

Items in Collection

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Participatory Conflict, by the Digital Manifesto Archive Collective, 2016

How might multimodal composition mirror democracy’s inherent conflicts? Our goal is to offer a concept of multimodal composition that invites political tension in the strata of its tools, but also in the rhetorical space they create. What would it mean to uncover and nurture modes of political conflict that are coextensive with our tools for political speech? How might we make political conflic... Conflict, Multimodality

A Summary of My Work Modes and Objectives, by Norman White, 1991

Written by Norman White, a Texas-born Canadian New Media Artist, "A Summary of My Works and Objectives" is a profound articulation of a tinkerers ethos. It forefronts the principles of what we now call "critical making" as it favors handcraft and the temporal variability of technological devices in the present. Critical Making, Tinkering

Maker Manifesto: Maker Faire Africa

The "Maker Manifesto: Maker Faire Africa" announces the African maker community and calls for sustainable acts of making that benefit the entire continent. Making, Critical

Design Fiction's Odd Present vs. Science Fiction's Near Future, by Julian Bleecker

Julian Bleecker's "Design Fiction's Odd Present vs. Science Fiction's Near Future" proposes that Design Fiction supplant typical Science-Fiction narratives with diegetic prototypes--actual objects that test an idea. Critical Making, Design Fiction

Introducing Adversarial Design, by Carl DiSalvo

Carl DiSalvo's "Introducing Adversarial Design" calls for design practices based on agonism. His desire in this text to politicize design, but also to be specific about the politics of design, charting a path forward for thinking design and politics in tandem. Critical Making, Adversarial Design

Power of Making, by Daniel Charny, 2011

Daniel Charny's "Power of Making" manifesto hopes for a new Industrial Revolution of making predicated on everyone's ability to make. Critical Making, The Power of Making

The Critical Engineering Manifesto, by Julian Oliver, Gordan Savicic, & Danja Vasiliev, 2011

"The Critical Engineering Manifesto" espouses a kind of "critical maker" ethos that attempts to limit our dependency on seamless digital experiences. Insofar as "each work of engineering engineers its user," the role of the Critical Engineer is to deconstruct the means of our dependency on all forms of technology. Critical Making, Critical Engineering

Theses on Making in the Digital Age, by Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink

Michael Dieter & Geert Lovink's "Theses on Making in the Digital Age" combines an anti-capitalist ethos with the prototypical and protocological dimensions of maker culture. Dieter & Lovink focus on production rather than political negativity here, asking technophiles and political activists alike to error on the side of making rather than destruction. The Digital Humanities, Critical Making

The 3D Additivist Manifesto, by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, with sound design from Andrea Young

"The 3D Additivist Manifesto" is an accelerationist call to arms, valorizing subversive practices of making in and across a diversity of anthropomorphized milieus. Citing disciplines and practices as varied as anarchist environmental anthropology, 3D printing, hacking, and body modification as possible modes of resistance, additivism proposes to move human beings to "to an aftermath whence all ... 3D Additivism, Making

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation," by Dries De Roeck, Karin Slegers, Johan Criel, Marc Godon, Laurence Claeys,Katriina Kilpi, & An Jacobs

"A Manifesto for Do-It-Yourself-Internet-of-Things Creation" outlines thirteen imperatives for digital design and creation. Importantly, this manifesto theorizes the Internet of Things outside of corporate contexts and control. Digital Design, Internet of Things

The Cyborganic Manifesto, by Jenny Cool, 1995

In her "The Cyborganic Manifesto," Jenny Cool coarticulates the technological and organic capacities inherent to human life. Digital Anthropology

A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design, by Jamer Hunt, 2005

"A Manifesto for Postindustrial Design" focuses on the importance of code in digital design. Code is a mutating and varied body of tools that allow for the production of entire digital environments. As such, informing oneself of its possibilities and platforms is necessary for the future production of digital design. Digital Architecture, Digital Design