The critically acclaimed cinematic work Manifesto is Julian Rosefeldt’s first motion picture created from his art work consisting of a thirteen-channel video installation, which was presented for the first time in December 2015 in Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Since then, the installation has toured around the world, including Berlin, New York and Aarhus. The film version premiered in Denmark in 2017, and can now be experienced during the summer at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
The German artist Julian Rosefeldt has created the spectacular film work based on manifestos from the 19th and the 20th century. Rosefeldt has cut and collected a collage of the art field’s manifestos, and his work draws threads to Futurism, Dadaism, Fluxus, Suprematism, Situationism, Dogma 95 etc. At the same time, the film is directly inspired by artistically practices by Claes Oldenburgs, Yvonne Rainers, Kazimir Malevics, André Bretons, Elaine Sturtevants, Sol LeWitts and Jim Jarmuschs among others.
Thirteen different tableaus with thirteen different characters, all played by Cate Blanchett, lead us through a string of culture defined manifestos.
Manifesto, which in its original form was a multi-screen video installation, was recorded over twelve days in Berlin with a production budget on 90.000 euro. The industrial and futuristic soundscape in the work is composed by the German musician Nils Frahm, and the pictures are created by the German film photographer Christoph Krauss. Manifesto premiered on Sundance Film Festival in 2017, and has since then been in competition at Tribeca Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam among others.
Manifesto is screened in Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s cinema during the opening hours, except Wednesdays after 6pm, where the documentary film Influenza (on Kirstine Roepstorff) is screened as a part of the exhibition: Kirstine Roepstorff Renaissance of the Night.
Julian Rosefeldt is an internationally acclaimed German film- and video artist based in Berlin. He is also a professor in ”Time-based Media” at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and his works are part of the permanent exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others. Rosefeldt’s work has been on show at two exhibitions in Denmark: Manifesto as a part of Aarhus 2017 and Works 2001-2016 at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. Manifesto is Julian Rosefeldt’s first motion picture.
2016 Manifesto (motion film and video installation), 2015 In the land of drought (short film), 2015 The Swap (short film), 2014 Deep Gold (short film), 2011 My home is a dark and cloud-hung land (video installation), 2010 The Opening (video installation), 2009 American Night (video installation), 2008 The Shift (video installation), 2007 The Ship of Fools (video installation), 2007 Requiem (video installation), 2006 Lonely Planet (short film), 2005 The Perfectionist (video installation), 2005 Clown (videoinstallation), 2004 Stunned Man (video installation), 2004 The Soundmaker (video installation), 2002 Asylum (short film and video installation).
Lead role: Cate Blanchett
Written, directed, and produced by: Julian Rosefeldt
Film photographer: Christoph Krauss
Production Designer: Erwin Prib
Costumier: Bina Daigeler
Editor: Bobby Good
Music: Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen
Duration: 95 minutes / Language: English / Sound: Dolby SRD / Picture format: 16:9 / Colour / DCP
The film’s Danish distribution is supported by German Film Funds.