The immersive 13-screen film installation Manifesto by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.
Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other influencers through his lens, Julian Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen collages of artists’ manifestos.
Performing this ‘manifesto of manifestos’ as a contemporary call to action, while inhabiting thirteen different personas – among them, a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – Australian actor Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser known words in unexpected contexts.
This course, in collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery Membership, will explore the form and content of Julian Rosefeldt’s film installation Manifesto, a collage of artistic declarations from the past century reinterpreted as poetic monologues to provoke timeless questions about the gendered, social, and political contexts that shape the artist’s role in society. The two two-hour lectures on the references in the film will be followed by a two-hour visit to Auckland Art Gallery and class discussion. All three session will be held at Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium.
The New Zealand premiere of the exhibition Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt is presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Auckland Arts Festival.
Manifesto has been co-commissioned by the ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hanover. The work is co-produced by the Burger Collection Hong Kong and the Ruhrtriennale. It was realised thanks to the generous support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk.
The course fee includes annual membership to Auckland Art Gallery.
On completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand the contexts from which the manifestos in the film installation arise
- Discuss the elements of architecture both in the films and their installation
- Compare the original impetus for the manifestos with their interpretation and embodiment by the actor Cate Blanchett
About the presenter
Linda Tyler has taught art and design history at Canterbury, Victoria, Waikato and Auckland universities and currently teaches art writing and curatorial practice at Honours level in the Art History Department, and supervises student research in the University’s Museums and Cultural Heritage programme.
Dr Misha Kavka
Misha Kavka gained her MA in the Critical Theory programme at Sussex University, and her PhD at Cornell before teaching in the English Department at the University of Zurich for six years. She is a renowned film and media scholar, with a penchant for combining high theory with popular culture.
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