"A Conversation with William Kentridge about The Refusal of Time"
Thu, Apr 03
5:00 PM — 5:30 AM
SH160 Convent Avenue
A conversation between Kentridge and Burnett about the piece “The Refusal of Time.”What happens when art enters into dialogue with the history of science? Find out when the eminent
South African artist William Kentridge meets Princeton historian of science D. Graham Burnett.
Kentridge’s installation The Refusal of Time, currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
comprises five video channels projected around a room, at the center of which is a large kinetic
sculpture (the “breathing machine” or “elephant”). The piece was inspired by Albert Einstein’s
realization, forged through his study of the synchronization of clocks at national railway stations, that
in a newly industrialized and interconnected world, time was relative and not absolute. Kentridge
places this idea within the history of late 19th century colonialism, contrasting European efforts to
standardize time with the persistence of local cultures and experiences of time