In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
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. Written by
Originally a video installation exhibition with all 13 sections playing simultaneously on repeat at 13 different screens. The original exhibition took place in ACMI, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, in Melbourne, the hometown of Cate Blanchett. The centre also serves as the resident for Blanchett's first Academy Award, as she donated the award to the museum for exhibition. See more »
[as a fifth-grade teacher]
Now, nothing is original. OK? So you can steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration and fuels your imagination. OK? And you can devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, buildings, bridges, you know, trees, cloud formations, bodies of water, you know, even... even light and shadows. Now, I want you to select only those things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. All right? ...
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and ode to acting and the simplicity of good directing and patient camera work backed by incredible locations.
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.
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