William Kentridge’s phantasmagoric investigation of time, Refuse the Hour, comes to BAM on October 22. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #WilliamKentridge.
Refuse the Hour (PDF)
Artist William Kentridge and physicist Peter Galison discuss the process of demonstrating the conception of time through art in their multimedia chamber opera Refuse the Hour.
“Time, Indulgent Muse” (BAM Blog)
BAM’s Susan Yung on the temporality of reading, the politics of Greenwich Mean Time, and other ideas that inform Refuse the Hour.
William Kentridge: Listening to the Image (University of Chicago)
A brilliant lecture-demonstration by Kentridge on the relationship of sound and image, the nuances of looking at trees, and more.
William Kentridge: How We Make Sense of the World (YouTube)
Provisionality. Uncertainty. Miming. Kentridge discusses these and other ideas essential to his approach to art.
Refuse the Hour Dramaturg Peter Galison on Einstein (Harvard University)
Einstein’s loftiest abstractions had their origins in the mundane mechanical problem of how to synchronize clocks.
William Kentridge on His Installation "The Refusal of Time" (The Metropolitan Museum)
“One of the things that the artist does,” says Kentridge, “is to take things we know but can’t see and make them visible.”
Now your turn...
What did you think? What struck you most about Kentridge’s idiosyncratic blend of art and science? Are there metronomes ticking in your head? Are you now well equipped to refuse the hour? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #WilliamKentridge.