William Kentridge. Vertical Thinking


17 November 2012 – 3 March 2013 exhtended until 10 March
Gallery 5
curated by Giulia Ferracci

The exhibition Vertical Thinking rotates around the installation The Refusal of Time, produced on the occasion of Documenta 13 in Kassel and presented in Italy for the first time at MAXXI.

Reconfigured for the spaces of the museum’s Gallery 5, the powerful, embracing and suggestive installation is an explosion of music, images and Chinese shadows, with a pulsing Leonardesque machine at the centre.

The Refusal of Time was born out of a long-term reflection on the concept of time developed by William Kentridge together with the physicist and scientific historian Peter L. Gallison and has been realised in collaboration with the composer Philip Miller and with Catherine Meyburgh with regard to the video processing and editing. Dada Masilo worked on the choreographies.

In this work, specifically reconfigured for the museum spaces and in dialogue with various works from the MAXXI collection, the spectator is completely immersed in a discourse that is at once epic and fable-like, cosmic and terrestrial.
The narration is a dance composed of shadows in movement in which the artist himself appears and disappears, traversing the space of imaginary geographical maps. The work thus proposes a universal reflection on time that is refracted in the traversing of places and in the lives of individuals, following the various terrestrial time zones, from dawns to dusks, until it comes together in a cosmic whole.

15-18 November 2012
Refuse the Hour
In parallel with the creative process that led to the creation of this work, Kentridge has also produced a “chamber version”, a performance Refuse of the Hour: a journey around acting, dance, song, reading and puppet theatre.
The performance will be staged, with the participation of the artist himself, at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, within the ambit of the Romaeuropa Festival.

William Kentridge, Phillip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh: The Refusal of Time, 2012, 5-channel projections with megaphones and a breathing machine (elephant), c. 24 min.; Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13), produced by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris; Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples, Milan; Goodman Gallery, South Africa with the support of Dr. Naomi Milgrom AO, Australia. Photo: Henrik Stromberg.


Credit line:

· Produced by: Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris), Gallery Lia Rumma (Naples and Milan), Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town) and Goethe Institut (South Africa) // executive production: Tomorrowland //

· The creative team // music: Philip Miller // video: William Kentridge, Catherine Meyburgh // choreography: Dada Masilo // dramaturg: Peter Galison // stage design: William Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen // movement direction: Luc de Wit // costume design: Greta Goiris // machine design: Jonas Lundquist, Sabine Theunissen // megaphones: Christoff Wolmarans, Louis Olivier // lighting design: Urs Schoenebaum //

· Team Kentridge’s Studio // sound mix and installation: Gavan Eckhart // video installation: Yoav Dagan // video assistant: Snezana Marovic // costume assistants: Naomi van Niekerk, Zahira Meyburgh-Majiet // set assistants: Lisa Cloete, Stella Olivier, Pascal Desfontaines, Jake Singer, Abdul Razaq Awofeso // studio support: Anne McIlleron, Linda Leibowitz, Natalie Dembo, Lisa Cloete, Nomsa Mfene, Victor //

· Performers in video // dancer: Dada Masilo // actors: William Kentridge, Thato Motlhaolwa, Abdul Razaq Awofeso, Luc de Wit, Louis Olivier, Shareen Mathebula // singing and vocals: Ann Masina, Bham Ntabeni, Joanna Dudley, Thato Motlhaolwa, Mandie de Villiers-Schutte, Siyavuya Makuzeni, Abdul Razaq Awofeso // flugel horn and trumpet: Adam Howard // trombone and euphonium: Dan Selsick // tuba: Thobeka Thukane // violin: Waldo Alexander // percussion: Tlale Makhene; Robert Ndima e/and the Ntuba Brohers Choir // others: Pippa Dyer, Boitumelo Shai, Shareen Mathebula, Sibusiso Ngcobo.