The mysterious flicker of shadowy figures and strange silhouettes has filled our Education Studio this term. School groups have been in to explore William Kentridge’s immersive installation The Refusal of Time and have created their own magic at the gallery.
The Refusal of Time includes a procession of silhouetted figures that move from screen to screen. Inspired by this spectacle, students have been making props and costumes to create a cast of characters. Marching in time to Philip Miller’s soundtrack behind an 11-foot screen, they perform shadow processions that have ranged from wild celebrations to thoughtful commemorations.
The installation has been a thought-provoking experience for students. The combination of theatre, film, sculpture, drawing, music and dance has both amazed and perplexed. The result is that students' understanding of what an artwork can be has been blown wide open.
Sadly, The Refusal of Time closes this weekend, so do try and come and see it before Sunday 5pm.
Claire Hopkins, Gallery Educator