“The Refusal of Time” is a collaborative work between South-African artist William Kentridge and science historian Peter Galison. A five-channel video installation with a complex sound system, this large-scale installation presents Kentridge’s innovative animation and a large “breathing machine” sculpture called an “elephant.” The piece explores themes of science, globalization, colonialism and memory, outlining the history of our changing comprehension of time. The ‘refusal’ of the title is both a personal and political statement.
Presented as a prelude to “Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015,” this is the first time the installation is being shown in Asia; Feb. 8-March 16.
Auditorium, former Rissei Elementary School; 310-2 Bizenjima-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto. Kawaramachi Stn. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ¥500. Closed Wed. 075-257-1453; www.parasophia.jp/en