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Manifesto: Exclusive Members Preview - Exhibition Talk

When:

Fri 23 Feb 2018, 2:00pm–2:30pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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Associate Professor Linda Tyler introduces 'Manifesto', exploring the words and sentiments of the powerful historical statements by artists referred to in the exhibition. Can they be applied universally? And how have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted?

This talk is part of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Members Preview Day, and can only be booked by Members of the Gallery.

About Linda Tyler
Associate Professor Linda Tyler has taught art and design history at Canterbury, Victoria, Waikato and Auckland universities and currently teaches art writing and curatorial practice at Honours level in the Art History Department at the University of Auckland. In May she will host a lecture series about the history and meaning of artist manifestos together with Associate Professor Misha Kavka, here at Auckland Art Gallery.

About Manifesto
The immersive 13-screen film installation 'Manifesto' by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the artist in society today.

'Manifesto' draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups, and the musings of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers. Passing the ideas of Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, Kazimir Malevich, André Breton, Sturtevant, Sol LeWitt, Jim Jarmusch, and other influencers through his lens, Julian Rosefeldt has edited and reassembled thirteen colleges of artists’ manifestos.

Performing this "manifesto of manifestos" as a contemporary call to action, while inhabiting thirteen different personas – among them, a school teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man – Australian actor Cate Blanchett imbues new dramatic life into both famous and lesser known words in unexpected contexts.

Rosefeldt’s work reveals both the performative component and the political significance of these declarations. Often written in youthful rage, they not only express the wish to change the world through art but also reflect the voice of a generation. Exploring the powerful urgency of these historical statements, which were composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago, Manifesto questions whether the words and sentiments have withstood the passage of time. Can they be applied universally? And how have the dynamics between politics, art and life shifted?

‘Manifesto’ is presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Auckland Arts Festival.

Image credits:
Julian Rosefeldt, 'Manifesto', 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Yayoi Kusama, 'The obliteration room' (installation view), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2017

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