Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situtationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, editing and reassembling them as a collage of artists' manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Performing these 'new manifestos' while inhabiting thirteen different personas - among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man - Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into these famous words in unexpected contexts.Written by
Cate Blanchett portrays 13 different characters, recounting 12 artists manifestos. See more »
[as a funeral speaker]
You don't understand that one can be attached to nothing and be happy.But you're too scared of no longer believing. You don't understand that one can be attached to nothing and be happy. We see everything. We love nothing. I am against systems. The most acceptable system is, in principle, to have none. Abolition of logic, Dada. Abolition of memory, Dada. Abolition of archeology, Dada. Abolition of the future, Dada. Dada is still shit, but from now on... From now on we want...
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Originally premiered as a 130min multi-screen film installation exhibition in mid-December 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which then toured various other museum spaces around the world. The 2016 edited film version (90min) premiered at Sundance Film Festival. See more »
Life is an artwork, an artwork is life
Amazing cinematic experience guaranteed! Saw Manifesto yesterday as part of the Holland Festival cultural event. This is now a movie. I saw it as an installation of screens with short scenes and words spoken, based almost exclusively on famous and lesser known art scene manifestos. It could have been pretentious, but, director Julian Rosefeldt and the amazing Cate Blanchett turned this work into a flowing movie with connecting dots. In the installation there is some synchronicity in the screens, in that the 12/13 characters sing part of their text simultaneously. You may actually figure out some of the background surrounding the manifestos (such as Dadaism,Dogma). It was joyful and intense experience. One thing is sure, Cate Blanchett is the most prolific,daring, energetic, chameleon, dedicated, fun actor around.
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