The 13-channel film installation Manifesto created by the Berlin-based artist, Julian Rosefeldt in 2015, pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artists’ manifestos. An artist manifesto is a statement by an individual or a group of artists, which outlines their motivation and intent. It is a literary form, which began in the early 20th century and is a common feature of each avant-garde art movement.
Tracing the history of the manifesto, Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogme 95, and other movements, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. This installation juxtaposes contemporary characters and scenarios, presenting thirteen text collages which Rosefeldt assembled from dozens of manifestos on thirteen different screens all performed in monologue form by Australian actor Cate Blanchett.
Each monologue runs for approximately 10 minutes and they screen concurrently across the installation. The result is a call to action, which ultimately questions the role of artists in today’s society.
Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto will be exhibited at Museum MACAN on 28 February to 31 May 2020.
Due to ongoing health concerns, Museum MACAN is temporarily closed and this event has been postponed.
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