See Cate Blanchett as a Homeless Man + 12 Other Characters
In case you needed a reminder that Cate Blanchett is more talented than our hopes and dreams could ever wish to be, look no further than the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. In a new exhibit by Julian Resefeldt, Blanchett is the star and substance of a critical look at twentieth century theory. Manifesto, set to debut December 9th, hones in on the theories and ideas at the heart of the past hundred years.
The German artist brings us his legion of Blanchetts, through a series of scenes and general unbound talent. Citing Futurists, Dadaists, Situationalits, and other trademark movements, we see Blanchett acting in place of each body of ideas, taking on the role of homeless man, news anchor, choreographer, and teacher, to total 13 striking characters. The visually lush theatrics also identify individuals like Yvonne Rainer, Andre Brenton, Sol LeWitt, and other various artists, dancers, filmmakers, and culture warping forces. The exhibit explores the points of change and critique that rounded off a century, and the artist’s personal quest for identity today.
Resefeldt and Blanchett take us through the thick of each manifesto. Molded by the character she plays, each piece presents an animated expression of an idea, played out in costume, accent, and movement. As the scenes unfold, the ideas become fluid. The words of one artist may be re-spoken through the character of another, and the ideas of one theorist may be augmented by the philosophy of a radically different viewpoint.
By merging words and ideas together, each manifesto becomes blurred, and a larger body of ideas emerges in one big world-changing, mind-bending visual stew. According to Resefeldt, the intermingling of texts and ideas may do a slight disservice to each individually, but collectively creates an articulate homage to the artist manifesto and a history of theoretical upheaval.
“While in one way the process of collaging them together was maybe not very respectful to the original texts,” Resefeldt explained to Artnet, “In another I liked the way that it referenced this idea of a collection of voices, a conversation.”
For more, check out ACMI’s interview with the artist.
Images via Artnet.