herman de vries

the rationalist' manifest (1969)

why to work.

f r e e
against dualities
for the love of complexity
for a durable changing world
a permanent dynamic humanity
a world without conventions or prejudices
a world full of love and development
in diversity

to realise this in visual forms
to realise this in language
a language free for all purposes
with 100100 and more possibilities
of communication
try it too
be free
f o r   e v e r y o n e

source: herman de vries, 'the rationalists' manifest' was written on February 10, 1968 for the Fiumbalo International Festival, Modena and published as 'why to work' in Pentabox (1969). Reprinted in (among others) Ta'box n° 2 (Copenhagen 1969), as a pamphlet the rationalist' manifest by Galerie Riekje Swart : Amsterdam 1970), in the exhibition catalogue herman de vries. random objectivations (Kunsthistorisch Instituut : Amsterdam 1970), in herman de vries. vijf manifesten over taal - en een gedicht = fünf manifeste über sprache - und ein gedicht ... (artists press : bern 1975) and in to be : texte - textarbeiten - textbilder (Stuttgart 1995) 64.