Method Painting, Method Poem, Method Music
A large number of tautologies seen in every art and every science
of the twentieth century, which democratic systems have given rise to,
should now be talked about again as a single principle, by being reduced
to method, not to form. Meaninglessness, which is what tautologies mean,
does not excuse sensualism nor the mob, and it rather requests stoicism
and discipline for its authorization.
Method painting is a colored plane which is overlaid on method it-
self, prohibiting chance and improvisation. However, real colors which
cause pleasure will sometimes be replaced scrupulously with other mate-
Method poem is a row of letters which comes to method itself, pro-
hibiting personalization and absorption. However, real letters which
epicize lyric will sometimes be alternated scrupulously with other signs.
Method music is a vibrating time which embodies method itself, pro-
hibiting expression and tempo. However, real vibrations which vary eros
will sometimes be exchanged scrupulously for other events.
These method arts, on the one hand, return to the tradition which
each form depends on, and on the other hand, sing in chorus a single
principle in the same age. We, methodicists, doubt liberty and equality
which have produced license and indolence in arts and sciences, and re-
instate logics as ethics.
Motoaki Shinohara has been calling his own compositions method poems
since about ten years ago. While respecting his activities, we use the
words with a broad reinterpretation.
Those in favor of this manifesto can forward it to acquaintances on your
own responsibility, adding "In favor, Name, (profession)" at the end.
Those partially in favor and those not in favor can also do in the same
way. Or, you can of course forward it without adding your name.
January 1, 2000
Drafter: Hideki Nakazawa (artist)
Draft observer: Shigeru Matsui (poet)
Draft observer: Tomomi Adachi (musician)