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Drawing Lesson: Two a Brief History of Colonial Revolts [electronic resource]

Art 21, Inc
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An excerpt from William Kentridge's animated film rendition of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute sets the stage for this lecture in which he builds upon observations elucidated in Drawing Lesson One to argue that colonialism - with all its inherent brutality - is the logical culmination of 18th-century Enlightenment thought. "Every act of enlightenment - " says Kentridge, "all ambitions to save souls, all the basic impulses - is so dogged by the weight of what follows it, the shadows, the violence that has accompanied the Enlightenment. The colonial project in its own description of bringing light to darkness is a gruesome working out of Plato's cave.
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72 min.
12 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 19, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Brief History of Colonial Revolts
Related Title
Art:21 (Television program)
Art21 Presents William Kentridge: Six Drawing Lessons - The Norton Lectures
Art21 Presents William Kentridge: Six Drawing Lessons The Norton Lectures
Series Statement
Art21 Presents William Kentridge: Six Drawing Lessons, The Norton Lectures
  • Appeal for Colonial Justice (3:59)
  • Anti-Colonial Movement Failure (1:21)
  • Waterberg Genocide (3:22)
  • Introduction to Drawing Lesson Two (1:34)
  • "The Magic Flute" Overture (8:48)
  • Mozart's Enlightenment Metaphor (3:55)
  • Historical Interpretations of Mozart (3:20)
  • Contradictions in Art and Reality (2:13)
  • Mozart's Opera of Enlightenment (1:51)
  • Opera in Photographic Metaphor (2:38)
  • Creating a Photographic Backdrop (3:10)
  • Colonialism as an Enlightenment Project (3:54)
  • Ideas in Material Form (3:52)
  • Ideas in Real TIme (5:09)
  • Inventions of Africa (2:34)
  • A Regime's Geographic Lens (1:49)
  • Apartheid Education vs. Reality (2:53)
  • Enlightenment Classification Limbo (3:40)
  • African Identity through a Colonial Lens (3:47)
  • Losing Enlightenment Optimism (3:45)
  • Studio Anthropomorphism (3:15)
  • History, Ideas and Materials (2:51)
  • Credits: Drawing Lesson Two: A Brief History of Colonial Revolts - William Kentridge (0:14)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
Recording Info
Lecture date: March 27, 2012.
Publisher no.
  • 53480 Films Media Group
  • 53478s Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (72 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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