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2013 Kentridge Stereoscope


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2013 Kentridge Stereoscope

  1. 1. William Kentridge – animator of drawings South African  He is white & Jewish –  becomes the model for his character Felix His parents were politically active during Apartheid times so he was raised to be aware of inequalities in power and possessions  ‘Stereoscope’ is one of his animated drawings   issue of New Media … is drawing really ‘Art’? Shows 2 views – our brain interprets these as one. This means that reality has  different points of view A ‘stereoscope’
  2. 2. No Longer available due to a copyright claim by the Marian Goodman Gallery! (Watch on our server) There is re-mix using it with strange music. Point about New Media as a valued and valid art work. Meditation on Stereoscope by Philip Hartigan
  3. 3.  He uses blue to represent lines of communication – both pleasant and unpleasant. e.g. water connecting people   Also the line of a bullet Colour moving to kill  symbolism i.e. its meaning Music? Minor key = plaintive; haunting; mourning; unresolved; Discordant combinations of notes. Music is normally not part of art.Kentridge:“But I think there are other people who do say that the filmsare about space between the political world and the personal,and the extent to which politics does or does not find its wayinto the private realm.” 
  4. 4. Felix Felix is the natural man – naked – has nothing, not even clothes  Soho is the suited capitalist – rich – has everything A political duality! Soho Also a personal duality! “I understood Soho and Felix much more as two different sides of one character rather than two different characters.” All drawings from Stereoscope (Artthrob)
  5. 5. Materials & Technique Kentridge draws in charcoal, erases it,then adds more charcoal  He photographs this activity as it progresses  This says that history can never be erased – the past is alwaysvisible and recorded Issues of ‘New Media’   This is a new way of working with drawings - not like traditional animation  technique where 1 drawing = 1 frame   He also works intuitively - no fixed story plan – this is very different to traditional film- making
  6. 6. EXTRA Lilian Tone says of Stereoscope:Kentridge says of Stereoscope: “Somehow the stereoscope here works as a surrogate for the camera. “I wanted a sense of transience, of a city It is like the X-ray, the M.R.I., the catbustling, telegraph wires and power scan, other instruments that havestations. appeared in your films, which representEarly on I knew that it would involve lines different ways of seeing, differentof communication, telephone switchboards. ways to represent and understand theThe idea of the stereoscope, of the double world.”room, came quite a lot later.”
  7. 7. EXTRALilian Tone: When you first told me about your ideas for Stereoscope, youwere not sure if you would be using your usual characters, or anycharacters, but later somehow Soho made his way into the film.How have the characters of Felix Teitlebaum and Soho Ecksteinevolved over the past ten years?Kentridge: Initially I would always conceive Soho as an other, as an alien,very much based on images of greedy industrialists from Russianand early Futurist propaganda drawings, of George Grosz andGerman Expressionism. But after a few films I understood that inmany ways he looked like my paternal grandfather, and in factyears ago I had made some drawings of my grandfather in his suiton the beach that looked just like Soho. This made me understandthat maybe he was not as far from me as I had