Manifesto is an exhibition to be reckoned with. An exhibition to see two or three times. An exhibition that is itself a manifesto, speaking to the power of art. Film, poetry, performance, and theory come together in this intersectional mediation on what it is to be alive.
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto, 2014/2015
Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto, currently on view at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, is a film installation with 13 short films playing simultaneously. Cate Blanchett stars in all films, playing a dramatically different character in each short. From a homeless man to a tattooed punk, funeral speaker, and puppeteer -- Blanchett delivers convincing performances in each role. In each film, Blanchett speaks pieces of text from various artists' manifestos. Rosefeldt collaged together historical original texts from numerous manifestos and to give them new meaning in passionate monologues.
Embodying a conservative mother, Blanchett sits at a dining table with her husband and three sons and says grace with words from Claes Oldenburg's manifesto, I am for an Art… (1961). Spoken with the conviction of a dinner table prayer, Oldenburg's Pop-Art words take on new meanings in a contemporary context.
I am for the art that spills out of an old mans purse when he is bounced off a passing fender.
I am for the art out of the doggy's mouth, falling five stories from the roof.
I am for the art that a kid licks, after peeling away the wrapper.
The manifesto is re-contextualized in the mouth of Cate Blanchett, in the setting of the short-film, and in the experience of the 21st century audience.
The proclamations of artists echo with passion throughout the exhibition. With a sense of youthful urgency and determination to change the world, the artist's manifesto is essential to art and culture. Julian Rosenfeldt's Manifesto is the ultimate manifesto of this generation.
Check out this interview with Julian Rosefeldt for more insight:
YouTube: Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto Interview
Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto
February 10 – September 18, 2016
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin