The artist Rita McBride was director of the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 2013 to 2017. During this time she gave ten groundbreaking speeches connecting contemporary artistic production with art education, processing the classic lecture format with passion and humor. Manifestos and performative elements found their way into the speeches, illuminating the artistic and educational aims of these public events - Speech! brings these lectures together for the first time. This book is a guide for artistic activity, a critical reaction on the present, and an invitation to lookat our society from new perspectives.