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Talk About Art-Kentridge
01-26 16:45 | Talk About Art-Kentridge
Arist William Kentridge,shares some of his art stories with us, like Soho Films, Drawing Lessons, Notes Towards a Model Opera among others.
Published：January 26,2016,5:28 pm
Language：Chinese & English
Keyword：Talk About Art,William Kentridge,Soho Films,Drawing Lessons,Black Box Refusal of Time,Notes Towards a Model Opera
Culture & Arts
What do I think I am?
You could work with sound,with poetry, with text.
You could work in theater.
All of these things became possible,
in terms of the expanded sense of what an artist could be.
Charcoal, which is essentially burnt wood,is fantastic,
both that it\'s a very primitive and basic way of making a mark.
It is so flexible,
cause you could make a charcoal mark and then with a cloth,
you can just blow it off,and it changes.
So you can change charcoal drawing
as quickly as you can think.
Soho Films have been made over a period of twenty-five years.
They\'re told from my viewpoint.
For the first forty years of my life,
I grew up under apartheid,
which meant that I want to a segregated school,
only white children.
So very early on, I understood the absurdity of
that political system in South Africa.
The films work like a diary.
They are personal stories,
but also the whole world gets invited into the studio.
In fact, if you look at them,
you get some sense of South Africa\'s history
from the era of apartheid, to transfromation,
to the new South Africa.
I\'m very interested in the studio
of showing the process of making.
Drawing Lessons are all
attempts to explore th mutiple selves that we have,
and to interrogate oneself.
In the studio it\'s very easy,
you can see youself as the person
you are the person busy making the drawing.
That\'s one person.
That\'s one subject.
Then you step back and look at the drawing,
and you think\"look at what that stupid idiot drew,\"
so you split into two.
If you see the process in the studio,
it is also a way of thinking about the artwork
but also of outside of the studio.
To use the studio as a model for making knowledge.
-----------Black Box Refusal of Time
The Black Box piece on the exhibition here
is a miniture theater,
that looks at The Magic Flute of Mozart.
I talk some Mozart\'s music,
but then with the composer Phillip Miller,
it\'s undone,we rework it.
It get taken apart,slowed down,reversed,new pieces added.
It becomes a kind of essay about The Magic Flute,
rather than the Mozart opera itself.
The Refusal of Time,
it\'s not a scientific history of time,
but it\'s really our relationship to time.
Which is to say,our relationship to our own mortality.
So this is like a big breathing bellows
that keeps the whole thing giong.
You can think of a person as a breathing clock,
People actually would use the body as a way of keeping time.
That dofference between a kind of upopian action,
and its necesssay failure.
We live as if we\'re going to live forever,
but we konw that we\'re going to fail at that.
We can\'t let the failure stop the action beforehand.
Politically, you can talk about it as
the combination of hope and shame,or hope and defeat.
-----------Notes Towards a Model Opera
Also in the Notes Towards a Model Opera,
which also has to blance the idea of a utopian drive,
and that kind of a sense of failure that goes with it.
Every country,South Africa particularly
has things which nationally we are very proud of
and things we are very ashamed of.
I\'m interested in places where people try to hide the shame,
because it\'s so obvious,so evident.
there\'s an extraordinary interesting question
of the relationship of China to Africa,
and in this case,
looking at the proletarian cultural revolution as one of the theme,
using the language of it, the language of the model opera ballets,
of some of the images
from the prehistory of the Cultural Revolution
such as the campaign against rats and mosquitoes,
and flies and sparrows.
So if you have this image of a bird that refuses to die,
in that indirect way that the piece takes images of Africa
from the 1960s of the liberation of Africa,
of different African leaders
that tried different forms of socialism in Africa.
Understanding one thing, one thing which is also the world
as process, rather than as fact.
For example,you can look at a stool like this,
this chair that I\'m sitting on,
we are very aware of the stool going backwards to the plank,
to the tree and going forward to the rubbish dump,
to the fire,to the smoke,to the ashes.
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