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William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2012. A Collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison. Five-channel video with sound, 30 min, with megaphones and breathing machine ('elephant'). Installation at MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Image courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI. (Credit: Matteo Monti)
William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2012. A Collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison. Five-channel video with sound, 30 min, with megaphones and breathing machine ('elephant'). Installation at MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Image courtesy of Fondazione MAXXI. (Credit: Matteo Monti)

The focus of this week's ARTery segment is a fascinating installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston by the South African artist, William Kentridge. It's called The Refusal of Time, and it's a multimedia film installation that immerses you in a dizzying collage of drawing, design, music, spoken word and dance. Kentridge asks us to think about time — linear time, time as a force of tyranny, and how control of time was used as a tool of colonial domination.

The Refusal of Time is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston through May 4th.

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Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Boston Globe.

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This segment aired on February 6, 2014.

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