walking into the dark room of the second floor in the NSW art gallery
surrounded by screens all playing simultaneously. You sit down,
confused watching the last minute of any one short. It starts over and
you are instantly captured by the character. Cate Blanchett's stage is
calmly set with drone shots and slow continuous camera movements. Here
on her stage she draws you into this character, and their life.
Blanchett captures your immediate attention and holds it until the
screen goes black.
Some stories did not resonate with me but others drew me in and kept me sitting in awe.
Manifesto draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situtationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers, editing and reassembling them as a collage of artists' manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today. Performing these 'new manifestos' while inhabiting thirteen different personas - among them a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man - Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into these famous words in unexpected contexts.
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