The Refusal of Time is an evocative meditation on the nature of time. With allusions to Einstein's theory of relativity, to space travel, Plato's Cave and silent movies, William Kentridge has created a touching and imaginative narrative on how we comprehend time. Can we ever truly understand the passing of time in a world in state of constant flux?
Music and soundscape: Philip Miller
Video editing: Catherine Meyburgh. Dramaturg: Peter Galison
In the installation's large projections, drawings, animations, photographs, films, poetry and performance are combined. A complex soundtrack from megaphones atop high stands floods the room while, in the middle of the space, stands a mechanical construction - a breathing machine that inhales and exhales in regular, hypnotic breaths.
William Kentridge (b. 1955, South Africa) is based in Johannesburg and is considered to be one of today's most influential artists. This is the first time that The Refusal of Time has been presented in Sweden. At Bildmuseet, the installation represents a part of the exhibition Entangle / Physics and the Artistic Imagination.