Act­ing up

A work fea­tur­ing Cate Blanchett comes to Auck­land Art Gallery.

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Cate Blanchett pro­vokes in Man­i­festo at Auck­land Art Gallery Toi o Tā­maki

The Ger­man artist and film­maker Ju­lian Rose­feldt and ac­tress Cate Blanchett met in a chance en­counter in Ber­lin in 2010: they agreed to col­lab­o­rate on a work, de­spite not know­ing what that would be. The re­sult is Man­i­festo, an elec­tri­fy­ing 13-screen in­stal­la­tion that ex­am­ines the grand ideas of art move­ments and time pe­ri­ods through his­tory, draw­ing on the writ­ings of Fu­tur­ists through to the Dadaists via the mus­ings of artists, dancers and ar­chi­tects. “Good evening ladies and gen­tle­men,” says Blanchett in one screen, dressed as a bland but au­thor­i­ta­tive news­reader. “All cur­rent art is fake.” The twist – and the fun – comes as Blanchett in­hab­its mul­ti­ple per­sonas, in­clud­ing a school teacher, fac­tory worker, pup­peteer, news­reader and a home­less man. These char­ac­ters, many of them art­less, voice com­plex, grand state­ments, of­ten in close-up on screens mea­sur­ing 4.2m wide by 2.4m high. The re­sult is lush and con­fronting – and also funny, ul­ti­mately ques­tion­ing whether art is uni­ver­sal, or time spe­cific.

Clock­wise from above In Man­i­festo, an in­stal­la­tion by Ju­lian Rose­feldt, Cate Blanchett in­hab­its 13 per­sonas, in­clud­ing a home­less man, sci­en­tist, news­reader and pup­peteer.

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