WAYS OF SEEING
MANIFESTO By Julian Rosefeldt Sun 8 Oct | 7.30pm Sat 21 Oct | 4.30pm Germany | English | 2017 | 95 min | PG13 (Some Coarse Language)
THE NGEE ANN KONGSI AUDITORIUM
Manifesto pays homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned statements on art that have revolutionised ways of seeing in society. Drawing on over 50 manifestos by influential artists and thinkers such as Karl Marx, André Breton, John Cage and Tristan Tzara, director Julian Rosefeldt scripted 13 monologues performed by Cate Blanchett. In a bid to defamiliarise these iconic passages, Blanchett assumes unlikely personas to deliver founding texts of art movements like Futurism, Dadaism, Pop Art, Surrealism and Minimalism as everyday speech. Her transformations are mesmerising in their range and virtuosity, and often laced with humour: a Russian
choreographer shouts instructions at dancers from Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto; a Southern mother leads a family prayer consisting of Claes Oldenburg’s I am for an Art…; a schoolteacher corrects her pupils’ work citing the rules of Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg’s Dogme 95. Displaced from their art historical contexts, the reworked manifestos challenge the viewer to question their relevance in present-day settings, and encounter anew the radical spirit behind the brilliant rhetoric. This contemporising action is mirrored in the film’s form. These declarations— immortalised in word—now find new expression in ephemeral performance, and
Published on Sep 13, 2017
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