Julian Rosefeldt’s 13-channel video art installation Manifesto features Cate Blanchett playing a variety of roles as she reads aloud some of the most famous art manifestos of the 20th century, from surrealism to Dogme 95 and beyond.
Rosefeldt spoke to Dazed Digital about what he learned from dissecting these artists’ words. “I believe artists have a voice and should take risks, but not necessarily to act out clichés or be modern-day Jeanne d’Arc. Artists, philosophers and scientists have a great privilege, which is to speak out and say things that haven’t yet been proven,” he says. “Somehow, it’s okay now to say certain things in the streets of Germany that I couldn’t have dreamt about 10 years ago. We have all this loud talking without any substance or intelligence, whereas the authors of those manifestos were all similarly loud and angry, but also brilliantly sharp, intelligent and very poetic. Hopefully, Manifesto can remind people that if you want to say something, you should make sure it’s sharp and intelligent before you open your mouth.”
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