Kentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator Video
Additional images
Kentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator VideoKentridge, William b.1955 / Anti Mercator Video
videos
about this work
William Kentridge’s 'Anti Mercator' explores the artist’s ability to suspend time and resist the spatial linearity presented by scientists such as Gerardus Mercator. It is one of the works Kentridge created in 2012 as part of 'The Refusal of Time', a project for dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany. This body of work as a whole wrestles with our changing ideas about time, the history of the standardisation of time and resistance to a linear construction of time and space.

In 'Anti-Mercator', playing with concepts of time, Kentridge runs the film backwards so that a drawing is erased rather than created. Images such as a coffee pot, a nude, a typewriter, a cat, a man with a flag etc, are created from a swirling chaos of feathery black particles on the pages of a notebook. The artist gives pompous mock-lectures and is projected running across the open book which doubles as a screen.  The scene recalls a sequence by Muybridge, the turning of pages mimicking a frame-by-frame effect.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, jointly acquired this major multimedia installation 'The Refusal of Time' (2012) in October 2013.

William Kentridge (b.1955, South Africa)

Anti Mercator Video, 2011

HD transferred to DVD
Edition: 1/7
Variable - video work:
Variable - video work:
Provenance:
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa Current Location:
Germany - Frankfurt S VideoAfrica

exhibitions

Kentridge: Anti-Mercator - Solo Booth (Goodman Gallery)
Hong-Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
May 2011

Artwork History
  • artist origin
  • provenance
  • current location
  • exhibitions
  • multiple

related works / William Kentridge / Africa / Video