Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture
Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture
645 Tearaimizu-cho, Nakagyo-ku
604-8152 Kyoto
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Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival
William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 20125-channel video with sound, 30 min., with megaphones and breathing machine (‘elephant’)A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. Video stills.© William Kentridge.

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015

Prelude [Exhibition] William Kentridge:В The Refusal of Time

February 8–March 16, 2014

Press preview: Friday, February 7, 2–6pm

Auditorium, former Rissei Elementary School
310-2 Bizenjima-cho, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-8023В 

William Kentridge:В “Escaping One’s Fate: Commenting onВ The Refusal of Time
Saturday, February 22, 1–3pm

Ponto-cho Kaburenjo Theater
130 Hashishita-cho, Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto 604-8003В 

Artistic Director:В Shinji Kohmoto

Parasophia:В Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015В is an international exhibition of contemporary art presented by the Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture Organizing Committee, which is formed by members of the Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and other important figures of Kyoto’s financial and cultural communities that brings together the rich cultural heritage and the vibrant academic environment of Kyoto. As a prelude to this exhibition, almost exactly a year in advance, we will present the Asian premiere of South African artistВ William Kentridge‘s large-scale video installationВ The Refusal of TimeВ (2012).В The Refusal of TimeВ is a five-channel video installation with a complex soundscape, megaphones, and a large breathing machine that Kentridge calls the ‘elephant.’ The work was made for dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, 2012), where its deep meditation on time and the rich visual experience it offers brought critical and popular acclaim from the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. It is appropriate that this important work is shown for the first time in any Asian country here in Kyoto, a city that has strong ties with the artist, with a history including a large-scale traveling exhibition that started in Kyoto and the 2010 Kyoto Prize. On February 22, Kentridge will be coming to Kyoto to speak about the work at a traditional geisha theater within walking distance from the exhibition venue.

For more information about our prelude exhibition, please see the following pages on our website:

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015
Prelude [Exhibition]В William Kentridge:В The Refusal of TimeВ 
(Asian premiere)

Press release: Prelude [Exhibition]В William Kentridge:В The Refusal of Time

Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015В is scheduled to be held from early March to early May 2015 at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, The Museum of Kyoto, and other locations in Kyoto. While many international exhibitions are government initiatives, this festival was proposed by members of the financial community in Kyoto. This unique background reflects the nature of the city, where the private sector has traditionally led civic development, from infrastructure to culture. Our artistic director isВ Shinji Kohmoto, who was formerly the chief curator of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK). Kohmoto has curated many radical and engaging exhibitions for more than three decades at MoMAK, and has also played an active part in international exhibitions overseas, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta. Under his direction,В Parasophia:В Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015В will bring together the rich cultural heritage and the vibrant academic atmosphere of Kyoto and work toward the reestablishment of the city as a cultural capital on a global scale.

OurВ second press conferenceВ will be held in early April (date and location to be announced on February 7).

Previous events
June 21, 2013: Open Research Program 01 [Lecture]В Akira Mizuta Lippit,В “Like Cats and Dogs—Cinema and Catastrophe” (full record and English essay available as a free e-book on our website)
July 27, 2013: Open Research Program 02 [Report]В Koki TanakaВ &В Mika Kuraya,В “abstract speaking—participating in the Venice Biennale”
September 6, 2013: Open Research Program 03 [Lecture/Performance]В Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster,В M.2062 (Scarlett)
October 14, 2013: Open Research Program 04 [Dialogue]В Cai Guo-QiangВ in conversation withВ Akira Asada
October 25, 2013: Open Research Program 05 [Lecture]В Kazuyo Sejima

Upcoming events
February 16
Open Research Program/Prelude: Access Program [Narrative Generation]В EnJoe Toh
Former Rissei Elementary School, Kyoto

April 4
Open Research Program [Lecture]В Chris Dercon,В “Art + Architecture for the XXI Century: Tate Modern” (A collaborative project byВ ParasophiaВ & Future Beauty)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

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