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ACMI Presents Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto - World Premiere

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Free Exhibition

Wed 9 December 2015 to Sun 13 March 2016

10am to 5pm daily.

A world premiere, right here on our shores, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) presents Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto. Proudly commissioned by ACMI in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin and Sprengel Museum, Hannover, it stars Cate Blanchett. Also exhibited are Julian's previous works; Deep Gold (2013), Stunned Man (Trilogy of Failure II) (2004) and The Soundmaker (Trilogy of Failure I) (2004).

A new thirteen-channel work by Rosefeldt, Blanchett performs his compositions of twentieth century manifestos in unexpected contexts that questions the role of artists and writers in society today. Drawn from the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situtationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups and their musings, architects, dancers, filmmakers, philosophies and other influencers, Rosefeldt has put together a collage of artists' manifestos.

Among them are a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man. Breathing dramatic new life into 13 different personas and famous words, Blanchett's performance is an intent by the artist to pull your curiosity back to the text and the spoken word. Have these passionate statements composed with utter conviction withstood the passage of time? Can they still be applied universally? Have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted? In the last century without the global network we have today, artists needed to scream extremely loud to be heard. Has the medium of artistic articulation become less relevant in a globalised and connected art world?

A Berlin-based artist, Julian Rosefeldt is world renown for using the familiar to carry you into surreal theatrical realms that absorb you into the rituals of everyday life. He seduces with humour and satire in his visually opulent and meticulously choreographed moving image artworks exploring themes of dislocation, alienation and social and psychological disruption. You'll find yourself in familiar worlds made strange.

To further enjoy Rosefeldt's appearance in Melbourne, you can also attend the following where he's involved.

He'll be giving a free keynote lecture on the 9th of December discussing his practice and pays homage to the beauty of artists' manifestos. Check the website to register for tickets for seating purposes.
He'll also be running a free artist tutorial on 10 December at Intermix, ACMI'S program for young people 15 to 25. It's an exclusive behind-the-scenes exhibition tutorial to uncover the creative processes behind his work, his sources of inspiration, complete with some tips and tricks. To register your interest email:
Julian will also be doing an introductory talk at the free exclusive screening of The Scorpion's Sting on 7 December. Again, check the website to register for tickets, for seating purposes.
Though Rosefeldt won't make an appearance, you can also attend Networks of Intimacy on 13 December ($13-$17 member discounts available) to celebrate the opening of Manifesto and uncover the key thinking around critical theory and the creative manifestos that inform dance and performance. It features cinema screenings and an afternoon discussion with local and international dance and performance luminaries This program will uncover the influence of the manifesto and explore key works from world renowned artists.

ACMI is also renown for putting on some amazing pieces for us the audience, which makes it a good website to bookmark for continuous entertainment. There are many ways you can join and support them. Currently running a few free live events, film (some free), and education programs, you can also like their Facebook Page to keep your finger on the pulse.

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Why? ACMI presents Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto - World Premiere
When: Wed 9 December 2015 to Sun 13 March 2016; 10am to 5pm daily.
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Free to attend.
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