Semiotic Analysis of Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto
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First emerging as a video installation idea in 2015, and then adapted into a film in 2017, Julian Rosefeldt’s film Manifesto presents the important art movements of the 21st century and their accompanying manifestos. Twelve different art movements addressed by Rosefeldt in the film are conveyed to the audience in an experimental way through 13 sequences (the first one is intro) that were shot in Berlin. The scenes addressing each manifesto are reflected in different characters (personas), objects, and spaces. The director avoided presenting a clear definition of the personas and spaces/spatial elements such as announcer or narrator of the scenes, but he also prevented the audience from detaching entirely from these elements. Instead, Rosefeldt aimed at directing the audience to question the relationship between these three elements of persona, object, and space in relation to the art movements and manifestos ...