Julian Rosefeldt’s Immersive 13-Channel Film Installation Manifesto to Open at Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki in
Auckland Art Gallery in collaboration with Auckland Arts Festival will present the New Zealand premiere of Julian
Rosefeldt’s immersive 13-channel film installationManifesto, featuring Cate Blanchett, from Saturday 24 February 2018.
In Manifesto (2015), Rosefeldt pays homage to the tradition of artist manifestos, exploring declarations from different time periods
and art movements. In meshing these with contemporary scenarios and characters, Rosefeldt ultimately questions the role
of the artist in society today.
Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists and other artist groups, as
well as the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, which are dissected and reassembled by
Rosefeldt on 13 screens each measuring 4.2m wide by 2.4m high.
Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into these manifestos by inhabiting multiple personas, including a school
teacher, factory worker, choreographer, punk, newsreader, scientist, puppeteer, widow, homeless man and more.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport says presenting Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt builds on the Gallery’s expertise in delivering sophisticated filmic works.
‘Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto continues the Gallery’s engagement with current experimentations in the conception and presentation of moving image and
time-based art. The immersive experience of Manifesto offers new possibilities for our audiences to appreciate this absorbing and deeply considered work. Simultaneously, the
exhibition opens out new meaning of what a manifesto might be in today’s world,’ she says.
Manifesto brings the viewer into an immersive exhibition space to encounter the grand ideas of each of Blanchett’s characters, at
times humourous and always thought provoking, which play out simultaneously across the 13 screens.
Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski says Cate Blanchett is perhaps the great actor of our time,
and that every performance she gives is an event.
‘To be in the presence of 13 extraordinary performances at the same time is a holy experience. Manifesto is an utterly
unforgettable contemporary art installation,’ he says.
Rosefeldt says Manifesto is an homage to the beauty of artists’ manifestos, a ‘manifesto of manifestos’.
‘I have used the title ‘Manifesto’ as a clear statement that the focus in this work is above all on texts, whether by
visual artists, filmmakers, writers, performers or architects – and on the poetry of these texts,’ he says.
Rosefeldt’s work reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often
written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art, but also reflect the voice of
a specific generation.
Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by
artists sometimes decades ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time. Can they be applied universally? And how
have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted?
The New Zealand premiere of Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt is presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Auckland Arts Festival 2018.