Isaac Julien: Playtime & Kapital

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco  - Through February 11, 2018

Playtime is an ambitious exhibition of three recent video installations by award-winning British artist Isaac Julien. Each film installation explores the wide-ranging effects of how information, labor, and capital circulate in global, networked societies.

Occupying three separate galleries, the exhibition presents the U.S. premiere of Julien’s seven-screen installation, Playtime (2014), featuring a cast of international film stars, including James Franco, Maggie Cheung, and Mercedes Cabral. 

KAPITAL (2013), a two-screen companion piece to Playtime, documents the public discussion “Choreographing Capital” which was held at London’s Hayward Gallery between the artist, social theorist David Harvey, and an audience of academic luminaries such as Irit Rogoff, Paul Gilroy and the late Stuart Hall.

In addition to Playtime and KAPITAL, a third artwork by Julien Better Life (Ten Thousand Waves) (2010)—is the cinematic cut of Julien’s monumental installation Ten Thousand Waves, filmed on location in mainland China. All three works were generously loaned from the Kramlich Collection.