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Drawing Lesson: Three Vertical Thinking, a Johannesburg Biography [electronic resource]

Art 21, Inc
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In the first two of William Kentridge's "drawing lessons," "the South African filmmaker argued that rationality has often served as a mask for power and control, as ideas of what is 'rational' privilege one group's understanding of reality over another's," says Harvard Magazine. Kentridge carries that theme forward in this lecture - which is anchored by his short animated film Mine - as he delves down into "the legacy of his home country's multiple strata of historical violence.
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68 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
Vertical Thinking, a Johannesburg Biography
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
  • Place in Universe (3:14)
  • Purpose of Lecture (1:22)
  • Animated Film of Mine Operation (5:32)
  • Johannesburg and Gold (2:38)
  • Fossils and Contingency (3:23)
  • Meaning of Map (2:17)
  • Johannesburg and Water (1:02)
  • Johannesburg and Water (1:34)
  • Cut Off from Problems (1:38)
  • Landscape and Memories (2:03)
  • Impressions Lose Power (2:30)
  • Landscaping (1:49)
  • Landscape as Ideal (2:14)
  • Bleak Landscape (1:32)
  • Witness to Violence (4:26)
  • Kentridge's Career Path (2:46)
  • Colony and Cultural Tradition (2:44)
  • Gandhi and Johannesburg (2:31)
  • Contingency (3:30)
  • Provisionality in City (3:17)
  • Change and Memory (1:07)
  • Object Embodying Time (3:22)
  • Artist's Impulse and Concentration (3:35)
  • Process of Drawing (2:34)
  • Vertical Remaking (1:17)
  • Clouds (3:24)
  • Credits: Drawing Lesson Three: Vertical Thinking, a Johannesburg Biography- William Kentridge (0:10)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2012.
Recording Info
Lecture date: April 3, 2012.
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  • 53481 Films Media Group
  • 53478s Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (68 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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