Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett and renowned German artist Julian Rosefeldt have partnered to create a dramatic video installation that reinterprets some of the most famous and provocative writings by artists of the modern era.
The work presents a series of striking monologues, created through editing and reassembling a collage of artists’ manifestos, from declarations penned by the futurists, dadaists and situationists, to the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. The remarkably versatile Blanchett performs these ‘new manifestos’ while inhabiting 13 different personas – among them a school teacher, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – to explore the power and urgency of these historical words in our world today.
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Image from Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto (2014-2015).