[For the complete publication, which included contributions from Jean-Paul Kelly and Anne Walk, click here.]
Fennel Plunger Corporation Manifesto
Fennel Plunger Corporation endorses Zupacic's characterization of the manifesto, though we wish to extend it so that it does not pertain solely to art, let alone new art. For new art must surely be a horribly unnecessary thing. Hasn't the old art already exceeded sufficiency? Isn't it already enough already? Do we really want more? Let every gesture be an old gesture, preciously antique. Via camp we extend art into life. What is the difference between art and life? Very little, provided one reduces one's life to a glittering surface. According to the tenets of camp — a quaint, if remarkably resilient, form of social expression — every gesture is a manifesto. It won't get you laid and it won't get you loved, but at least you'll be spared that particular Hell Jesus has reserved for ordinary hypocrites. And what of the tired indexicality of the photographic image? Enough said! Do we have anything to declare as we cross the borders of propriety? Only our genius, tired customs officials.
Small in all our parts but large in abstract virtue.