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Alarm Clock Academy: A Minus Plato Project about Time and Awakening

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William Kentridge, The Refusal of Time, 2012. Made in collaboration with Peter Galison, Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Dada Masilo. © 2012 William Kentridge. All rights reserved. Installation view at the Wex, photo: Katie Spengler.

Alarm Clock Academy: A Minus Plato Project about Time and Awakening

Sat, Feb 3, 2018

To coincide with the exhibition William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time, the Wex and Minus Plato have created a questionnaire to explore how Kentridge’s profound ideas about time connect to the everyday lives of three Wexner Center communities: Wex staff, visitors to the exhibition at the Wex, and users of the center’s website and social media.

Alarm Clock Academy is inspired by Kentridge’s immersive investigation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the constructed nature of time, and the historical contexts of these ideas. Taking Kentridge’s exhibition itself as an object that negotiates time and space, traveling around the globe since its original creation in 2012 dOCUMENTA (13) at Kassel, Germany, this online project aims to see how an artwork can be used as an extension of Einstein’s theory.

In addition, Alarm Clock Academy expands on the little-known fact that the ancient Greek philosopher Plato invented the first alarm clock, specifically for use by his students at the Academy to ensure they arrived on time to his lectures. In thinking about Plato’s alarm clock and his students, this project initiates a discussion about time management in our everyday lives.

Ready to participate (and take a quick journey back in time)?
Please take a moment to fill out one of the questionnaires below:

Wexner Center staff questionnaire
Wexner Center visitor questionnaire
Wexner Center website visitor questionnaire


Minus Plato is a collective of artists and classicists who work toward a more diverse and inclusive future by highlighting the way ancient ideas can be reimagined in the present.

Visit the Minus Plato web site for more about the project.



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