Lovely CBD reader Red Rose sent me the information we’ve all been waiting for. The answer to Cate’s stay in Berlin is that she is shooting an art film with director and screenwriter Julian Rosefelt.
The synopsis is as follows:
Manifesto combines artist manifestos of different types and times with contemporary mundane situations, all performed by CATE BLANCHETT. The project is an attempt to show that these manifestos have contributed not only to art history but also to the way we think and to what we are today.
And a longer blurb from the production company:
A project by Julian Rosefeldt
The basic premise for Manifesto is to take artist manifestos of all types and times – as for example the Futurists and Dadaists, the Surrealists, Fluxus, the Situationists, Yvonne Rainer, Claes Oldenburg, Kazimir Malevich, Lebbeus Woods, Sol Lewitt and Dogma 95 (among others) – and combine them with mundane everyday situations.
We are planning to shoot 12 of these situations or scenes and to project each of them on a separate screen in a multi-screen installation. In each situation our lead actress will inhabit the personas of very different characters; in one a manager, in another a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker or a taxi driver.
Each situation will begin in total silence. We will observe each of the characters carrying out his/her daily task. Then, after a while, the actress will start to deliver a monologue; however rather then speaking as we would expect from the situation she will instead recite excerpts from the artist manifestos, all the while following the role and attitude of the respective scene. Each screen and scene will have its own quoted manifesto. In the multi-screen installation, the actress would start to speak on one screen after the other until we hear voices from everywhere.
The project is an homage to the milestones of artist manifestos and an attempt to show, in a poetic way, that these manifestos have contributed not only to art history but also to the way we think and to what we are today. Manifesto raises the question of whether those passionate statements written by artists with utter conviction can actually be, to some degree, universally applicable in our contemporary society.
Premieres/exhibitions planned to date as a multi-screen installation:
* December 2015 at ACMI (Australian Center for Moving Media), Sidney
* March 2016 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
* March 2016 at Sprengel Museum, Hannover
* August 2016 at Ruhrtriennale, Essen