In 2016 film artist Julian Rosefeldt presents a new installation co-produced by the Ruhrtriennale. In ‘Manifesto’ Australian actress Cate Blanchett appears in thirteen different roles: as a news anchor, choreographer, homeless person or punk she recites manifestos from art history which combine to form a polyphonic plea for aesthetic change. Rosefeldt works with a visual vocabulary which calls to mind references to familiar Hollywood aesthetics, which it both ironizes and subverts.
This work was first shown in December 2015 in Melbourne. The imposing dimensions of the Duisburg Kraftzentrale now allow the visual worlds of ‘Manifesto’ to unleash their full power.