THE NEGATION OF TIME, PROLOGUE
From William Kentridge with Peter Galison and Philip Miller
25 march - 26 june 2011
What's the Time? How do we measure it? Can we deny it? These are all questions which, by their physical, technological and philosophical aspects still arise like a puzzle, at the same time both realistic and subjective. As part of the 12th experiment presented at Le Laboratoire, the South African artist William Kentridge and the American scientist Peter Galison wonder about the simultaneity of time as a creative process.
Known for his animated films composed of charcoal drawings, William Kentridge is one of the few South African artists to be internationally renowned. His graphic works, full of poetry and political commitment denounce apartheid and colonialism through symbolic themes such as equality or justice. The artist explores areas as rich and diverse as printmaking, collage, sculpture, performance, theater or opera.
His meeting with Peter Galison, professor of History of Science at the University Joseph Pellegrino and of Physics at Harvard University (author of the famous essay: Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empire of Time of the Editions Robert Laffont) arises as a creative opportunity for multiple purposes.
William Kentdrige incorporates temporality as an inventive concept, if not imaginary; where subjectivity plays a role of realism inherent in the representation of time. According to him, "Peter Galison's work offers extremely rich aesthetic and metaphoric possibilities. The history of relativity in size to both scientific and philosophical, still fascinates us and provide the bulk of visual material to explore the metaphorical implications. The themes of simultaneity, time slows down and speeds, synchronicity and its absence, are exciting and suggest many leads. I imagine for now something that would be somewhere in between performance and installation, between opera and conference, which mixes the transient nature of the presentation and some performance. "