On Thursday 9 June, Sydney Ideas and the Sydney Intellectual History Network present a Key Text lecture by Associate Professor Natalya Lusty, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.

André Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto (1924) is one of the most iconic manifestos of the 20th century.  Defining “psychic automatism’ as a process that encouraged a freeing of the mind from rational and utilitarian values and constraints as well as moral and aesthetic judgement, Breton’s manifesto conceived of Surrealism as a revolution of the mind that would fundamentally transform everyday experience.

This talk explores how the manifesto became a defining genre of the artistic avant-garde and other political movements across the 20th century, from Futurism and Surrealism to radical feminist manifestos by Valerie Solanas and the Riot Grrrls. It coincides with Julian Rosefeldt’s moving image 2014-2015 artwork, ‘Manifesto’, which brings to life the enduring provocation of the historical art manifesto.



Natalya Lusty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Surrealism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (2007), Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History (2013), with Helen Groth and the edited collection, Modernism and Masculinity (2014), which was shortlisted for the Modernist Studies Association book prize. She has spent the last decade writing and talking about manifestos in numerous academic contexts and public forums and is currently completing a book on feminist manifestos.


Law School LT 024
Level 0, Sydney Law School Annex
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney


This is a free public lecture with online registration essential. For venue information and to register your attendance, please click here.