SECOND MANIFESTO OF TRANSFORMATION ver.1.0e
by TARO KIMURA Feb. 1999
Revised and Edited by Rolando Politi March 1999
In spite of all the efforts peculiar to those who claim kinship with
Transformation, one must ultimately admit that more than anything else
Transformation attempts to provoke from the intellectual and moral point
of view an attack of conscience and only the extent to which this will
or will not be accomplished can determine its historical success or
From the intellectual point of view it is now , and it will be in the
future a question of testing by any and all means and transforming at
any price the meretricious nature of hypocritical antinomies who always
try to prevent any unusual ferment on the part of man by giving him only
a vague idea of the means at his disposal.
Thus we challenge anyone into escaping to some meaningful degree
from universal fetters such as the bugaboo of death and the simplistic
theatrical portrayal of the beyond, the shipwreck during sleep of the
most beautiful reasons, the curtains over the future, the Babel Library
and the mirrors of inconstancy whose inpenetrable silver surfaces are
bespattered with brains!
These gripping images of the "human catastrophe" are really only saying
that there exists a certain point in the mind when life and death, the
real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommuni-
cable, high and low, virtual and real, female and male, artisan and
artist, all these images cease to be perceived as contradictions.
Now search as one may and one will never find any other motivating
force in the activities of transformers than the hope of finding and
fixing this point of no contradictions. The point of reaching a state of
being which we shall name the point of TRANSFORMANCY. This point is the
equivalent of the BOILING POINT under physical properties Law. We reach
this state of Transformancy after following a path of transformation and
after overcoming all resistance found along this path.
It follows that it would be absurd to define "Transformancy" solely as
constructive or destructive. Construction and Destruction can no longer
be brandished one against the other when one reaches the point of
It is also very clear that Transformation is not interested in giving
very serious consideration to anything that happens outside of itself,
under the guise of Art or even Anti-Art, or Philosophy or Anti-Philosophy.
In short, of anything not aimed at the annihilation of the being into a
diamond which is no more the soul of ice than that of fire.
What could those people who are still concerned about the position they
occupy in the world expect from the Transformation experiment?
In this mental site, from which one can no longer set forth except for
oneself on a dangerous but transformers think, supreme feat of
reconnaissance, it is likewise out of the question that the slightest
heed be paid to the footsteps of those who arrive or to the footsteps
of those who leave, since these footsteps occur in a region where by
definition Transformation has no ear to hear.
Transformers would not want Transformation to be at the mercy of any one
group of people, if it declares that it is able by its own means to
uproot thought from an increasingly cruel state of thralldom and steer it
back in the path of total comprehension. A return to its original purity.
That is enough for it to be judged on .
It is worth knowing about the kind of moral virtues Transformation lays
claim to, since it plunges its roots into life and not by chance also
into the life of its period. In fact Absolute Transformation stems from
the desire to proceed beyond the insufficient and the absurd distinction
between the beautiful and the ugly, true and false, good and evil.
Transformation is not afraid to make for itself a tenet of total mind revolt,
complete insubordination and sabotage.
The simplest transformer act entails dashing down the street, garbage in
hand and throwing garbage blindly as fast as the transformer can pull the
garbage into the crowd.
Anyone who at least once in his or her life has not dreamt of putting an
end to the current petty system of debasement and cretinization in such
fashion (throwing trash), than this person would have a place in that
crowd with belly at garbage can level!
Transformers instinctively reject the notion of only considering things
which "are" , the transformers themselves declare it by a path which
"is", a path which transformers can show and help people to follow and by so
doing one can arrive at what people claimed "was not".
If transformers cannot find enough words to stigmatize the baseness of
bourgeois thought, if transformers are not afraid to take up trash against
logic, if transformers refuse to accept that something transformers do in
virtual reality is less meaningful than something transformers do in a
state of waking, if transformers are not even sure that they will not do
away with time, then how can one expect transformers to show any
tolerance toward an apparatus of social conservation of whatever sort it
may be! that would be the only truly unacceptable madness on a
Every mean must be worth trying in order to lay waste to dogmatic ideas
about family ,country and religion. No matter how well known the
transformer's position may be with respect to this matter, it must still
be stressed that on this point there is no room for compromise.
Transformers intend to savour fully the profound grief expressed by the
bourgeoisie public who will inevitably be prepared to forgive them for a
few "youthful" errors, such as the unyielding need to laugh like savages
in the presence of the American Flag, to vomit their disgust in the face
of every priest, to shun the values of "basic family duty" which are the
weapons of sexual cynicism.
Transformers fight in whatever form they may appear, poetic indifference,
the distraction of art, scholarly research, pure speculation.
Transformers want nothing whatever to do with those either large or small,
who use their minds as they would a SAVINGS BANK.
In the long run, very few people prove to be capable of maintaining
unflagging fidelity to the commitments of Transformation, which
presupposes an attitude of disinterestedness and a refusal to compromise.
However even if not a single transformer was to remain from all of those
who were the first to measure their chance for significance and their
desire for absolute truth, yet Transformation would continue to exist.
At this specific point in time, Transformation is less inclined than ever
to disperse with its integrity or to sit idly by while this or that
person thinks he or she is free to abandon it under the odious pretext that he
or she have to "live". Transformers want nothing to do with this dole of
Transformers acknowledge that their endeavors can only hope of being
crowned with success if they are carried out under conditions of a
Trash World which still too few people today are interested in hearing
about because values assigned by society to permanence and longevity
of service in a status quo system are still deeply rooted! A reminder
here to the SAVINGS BANK mentality since once you transform you could
loose your standing in Society and you could also loose the time value
assigned to your work!
Trashing conditions are imperative if we are to transform the spreading
mind cancer which consists of thinking all too sadly that certain things
"are" while others which well might be "are not".
Transformers have suggested that "are" and "are not" must transform into
each other at their respective limits. The point of TRANSFORMANCY.
It is not a matter of remaining at that point but rather one of straining
intensely toward that limit. (Taken from the physical principles of
Transformers who would wrongly allow themselves to be intimidated by
historical failures, are still free to believe in their trash.
Transformers are their own trash masters in spite of the old clouds and the
blind forces which create obstacles.
Let transformers look carefully for the key to trash which the Poet claims
to have found. Transformers have it! It is up to transformers to rise
above the fleeting sentiment of living statically secure and of dying.
Let transformers in spite of any restrictions use "trash" as the avenger
against the bestiality of all beings and of all things, and let the
transformer be vanquished one day, let him or her evaporate but only if the
trash world will also evaporate and we will welcome the discharge of their
sad trash rifles like a salvo fired in salute to a SAVED HUMANITY.
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