Miller at Parashophia: Kyoto

As a prelude to Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015, almost exactly a year in advance, we will present the Asian premiere of South African artist William Kentridge’s large-scale video installation, The Refusal of Time (2012).The Refusal of Time arose in part out of a series of conversations with the American historian of science Peter Galison of Harvard University on matters including the history of the control of world time, relativity, black holes, and string theory, as well as workshops featuring the South African dancer Dada Masilo, who is especially known for her innovative and unconventional high-speed interpretations of classical ballet.  The work is characterized by a kind of ambiguity, with what appears to be time’s refusal of humanity’s endless efforts to seek out its meaning, or its refusal to be defined, and, on the other hand, humanity’s refusal or attempts to escape from the rules and restrictions set by time as defined by humanity.  It presents an important milestone indicating Kentridge’s current intellectual position in his ceaseless examination of the universal and primordial issues of the modern age.  Of the six editions that were made of this work, most were acquired by major public collections around the world soon after its first showing at Documenta 13.  This exhibition was made possible by the cooperation of the owner of edition 5/6, the Ishikawa Collection (Okayama) in Japan.

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