Manifestation was an artistic commission by ADEPT (artists Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp) commissioned by Pixel Palace and funded by Arts Council England. ADEPT worked with digital content creators across the whole of the North of England to create new ideas, practices and structures to enable greater collaboration between digital cultural creatives.
ADEPT held a series of Manifestations: highly designed and slightly ritualised events at which leading cultural industry practitioners, professionals and influencers were invited to discuss ideas for how the sector can pool resources, share ideas and work in partnership together to create and distribute digital cultural content to the regional, national and global audiences that new technologies make accessible.
Those ideas were collated, sifted and presented in the form of a Manifesto for Digital Collaboration. The manifesto is available as a limited edition A5 artwork and online at www.manifestation.org.uk. The website includes a collaborative version of the Manifesto for Digital Collaboration to which anybody is invited to suggest amendments and additions. It also includes guidance for running your own Manifestation in order to facilitate constructive discussion, whether of the Manifesto for Digital Collaboration or of any other agenda. Shanaz Gulzar & Steve Manthorp will regularly consider proposed revisions and change the manifesto accordingly where they believe that the suggestion improves it.
The Manifestation project also includes a major new database of digital creatives across the ACE Northern Region, currently open for additional entries.