Manifesto (2014)

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Manifesto is a translation of a Mina Loy's 1914 "Feminist Manifesto" into shorthand. Written at the outset of the war and after an encounter with F.T. Marinetti, Loy's call for equality is a direct attack on the Futurist's self-proclaimed 'scorn for women'. Her response captures the tenor of the time: it is explosive and polemical, punctuated by exclamation marks and dashes, enlarged type and underlines. This edition of Loy's manifesto is transcribed into shorthand, a form of abbreviated writing used to quickly record speech—the lingua franca of secretaries and reporters. With endless copies printed on newsprint, visitors are invited to take them away and post them in the streets.