The 13-channel film installation Manifesto is created by the Berlin-based artist and filmmaker, Julian Rosefeldt in 2015. Manifesto pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artists’ manifestos.
Tracing the history of the of the particular literary form, Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers from its earliest emergence in the 20th century. Rosefeldt edited and reassembled these manifestos into thirteen new text collages which resulted in the thirteen monologues performed by the Australian actor Cate Blanchett.
Each character inhabits its own screen, with each monologue running for just over around 10 minutes. Juxtaposing the historic words with contemporary characters and scenarios, Rosefeldt breathes new life into this particular mode of expression, creating a call to action, and ultimately questioning the role of artists in today’s society.
About Julian Rosefeldt and Manifesto
Berlin-based artist Julian Rosefeldt (b. Germany, 1965) is internationally renowned for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving-image artworks, often presented as complex multi-screen installations. Inspired by the histories of film, art and popular culture, Rosefeldt uses cinematic tropes to carry viewers into surreal, theatrical realms where the inhabitants are absorbed by the rituals of everyday life. He employs humour and satire to seduce audiences into familiar worlds made strange. Rosefeldt’s works are shown internationally at museums and film festivals.
Manifesto premiered at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image (2015) and has been shown across Europe and the United States including Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Park Avenue Armory, New York. The linear cinema version was premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, USA.
Manifesto was originally co-commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hannover. The work is co-produced by the Burger Collection Hong Kong and the Ruhrtriennale. It was realized thanks to the generous support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brendenburg and in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk.
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