MetCollects—Episode 1 / 2014: William Kentridge on His Installation The Refusal of Time

"What does time look like?" William Kentridge on his installation The Refusal of Time

William Kentridge (South African, b. 1955). The Refusal of Time, 2012. Five-channel video with sound, 30 min., with megaphones and breathing machine ("elephant"). Jointly owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. and Wendy Fisher Gifts and The Raymond and Beverly Sackler 21st Century Art Fund, 2013

Reproduction by permission of William Kentridge and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art © 2012 William Kentridge. All Rights Reserved.

William Kentridge's The Refusal of Time is a collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison, and jointly owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

It was produced by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris; Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples and Milan; and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town; and originally commissioned by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev for dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012.

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Production Credits (MetCollects)

Director: Christopher Noey
Producer and Editor: Kate Farrell
Camera: Jessica Glass, Sarah Cowan
Production Assistant: Marina Zarya
Music: Austin Fisher

Production Credits (The Refusal of Time)

Music and Soundscape: Philip Miller
Video: William Kentridge and Catherine Meyburgh
Choreography: Dada Masilo
Dramaturge: Peter Galison
Design: William Kentridge and Sabine Theunissen
Movement Direction: Luc de Wit
Costume Design: Greta Goiris
Machine Design: Jonas Lundquist and Sabine Theunissen
Megaphones: Christoff Wolmarans and Louis Olivier
Lighting Design: Urs Schoenebaum
Sound Design and Mix: Gavan Eckhart

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