Imagine artistic ‘manifestos as a performance’.
The basic premise for Manifesto is to take artist manifestos of all types and times – as for example the Futurists and Dadaists, the Surrealists, Fluxus, the Situationists, Yvonne Rainer, Claes Oldenburg, Kazimir Malevich, Lebbeus Woods, Sol Lewitt and Dogma 95 (among others) – and combine them with mundane everyday situations.
Cate Blanchett plays thirteen different roles set against twelve different scenarios: in one she is interviewing herself. The characters included a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker but her most dramatic transformation was into a homeless man.
Julian Rosefeldt said:
One challenge was the huge amount of text to be spoken in twelve different accents which Cate had to overcome. And then each of the characters had to speak in a milieu represented by the colour of speech. As if this weren’t enough, for organisational shooting reasons sometimes we even had to cover two roles per day, which also meant an additional costume and makeup change each day for Cate and the hair and makeup team.
Morag Ross was the personal makeup artist for Cate Blanchett; Sonia Salazar-Zivoder & Katharina Thieme were the makeup artists.