Method Painting, Method Poem, Method Music                               
(Methodicist Manifesto)                                                  

     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.                                                

Supplement 1                                                             
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.                                     

Supplement 2                                                             
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)