Julian Rosefeldt exhibition Nikolaj Kunsthal

This exhibition presents a series of work by the German artist Julian Rosefeldt produced over the past 15 years.
Deep Gold is based on the Spanish filmmaker Louis Buñuel’s 1930 film L’Âge d’Or. Louis Buñuels wrote the story by following the surrealistic method of automatic writing. It caused quite a scandal in its day.
The Swap seems like a cliche of a gangster film. A scene describes a meeting between two groups of gangsters in a container terminal changing suitcases. The actors are performing a precise choreography without saying a single word. Some movements are repeated which strengthen the connection to a dance, mostly modern dance because of the use of contraction and release. The combination of modern dance and gangsters is quite funny but it also creates a focus on how we move around each other in a given situation as human.

Manifesto Surrealism

I have a fragment of the Surrealist Manifesto on my phone:

This spring I saw video artist Julian Rosenfeldt’s Manifesto at Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery in Berlin. It was an experience which made a great impact on me. It´s a film installation in twelve scenes; big screens, high production value, same actor in all scenes, each scene  describing a manifesto. The general structure of all scenes is that the main character (actress Kate Blanchett) act in everyday situations while she recites the powerful manifesto directly to the viewers. The text, from the different manifestos, is arranged in a new text collages, forming unexpected dialogues with each other. At the same time in each scene, Blanchett stands in an equal position in the frame, recites exactly same text. It was a very expressive and powerful experience.

Afterwards I went for a walk in Berlin, it was raining and I felt blown away by the strong words from the past in the modern contemporary staging. One of the manifestoes from the installation was Breton’s second Surrealist Manifesto and I coincidentally started record a video in front of that screen. It´s now stored on my phone ..

Source:
Manifesto / Julian Rosefeldt
ISBN: 978-3-86335-856-3