Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
I recently had the good fortune to visit an extraordinarily entertaining exhibition at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI). Manifesto is a survey exhibition of pre-eminent moving image artist, Julian Rosefeldt (b. 1965), a Berlin-based artist, renowned for his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving image artworks.
Utilising various selected art manifestos, such as those of the Dadaists and Futurists, and the writings (or musings) of artists such as Claes Oldenberg and Sol Le Witt, as his source material, Rosefeldt’s Manifesto ultimately questions the role of the artist in society today, as much as the relevance of such art historical ephemera. Australian actor, Cate Blanchett, performs the manifestos as a series of striking monologues, taking on various guises of some thirteen characters: ranging from the cosmetically-groomed American-accented newsreader to an obnoxious party guest, to a serene and homely, primary school teacher. Always charismatic, Blanchett manages to make these often complex, ambiguous and at times, nonsensical ‘diatribes’ both amusing and thankfully, highly accessible.
Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto
9 December 2015 to 14 March 2016
Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI)