“Manifesto offers many pleasures. Some of them are conceptual, some of them are surreal, and some of them are Cate Blanchett”
Starting life as a multiscreen installation at ACMI in 2015, Manifesto pieces together the elements of Julian Rosefeldt's acclaimed work into a narrative that pays homage to the beauty of artistic manifestos while questioning the role of art in today's society.
In what is quite simply a tour de force performance, Cate Blanchett plays 13 different characters, including a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader and a factory worker, bringing to life the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups.
Manifesto playfully reveals 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 generation.