Some might think that listening to artistic manifestoes — statements of principles and calls to action — is akin to a tortuous graduate lecture in art history.
But in the hands of two-time Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and German video artist Julian Rosefeldt, the highbrow language becomes something else entirely. Together, Blanchett and Rosefeldt bring humor, emotion and poetry to “Manifesto,” a 13-screen video installation-turned-film.
Their unlikely collaboration was sparked in 2010 when Blanchett was introduced to Rosefeldt at the opening of an exhibition of the German video artist’s work in Berlin.
“I loved how at once theatrical and how diverse his work...