In 1911, American cartoonist and animator, Winsor McCay prefaced his short film Little Nemo with the invitation to ‘Watch Me Move’, introducing a cast of colourful characters in a playful promenade. A century later, animation is one of the most popular and prevalent of visual art forms.
Tracing the history of animation over the last 150 years, Watch Me Move: The Animation Show brings together for the first time, contemporary artists, cut-out, collage, puppet, clay and stop-motion animators, auteur filmmakers and exponents of experimental film alongside the creative output of the commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Aardman, and Pixar. Presenting animation as a distinctive and highly influential force in the development of visual culture, this exhibition explores the relationship between animation and film and offers a timely insight into animation as a cultural and socio-political phenomenon.
Artists, film-makers and studios whose work is represented include: Aardman, Walt Disney, Studio Ghibli, Fleischer Studios, Eadward Muybridge, Lumière Brothers, Stan Brakhage, Len Lye, Francis Alÿs, William Kentridge, Christian Boltanski and Kara Walker amongst others.
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Watch Me Move Events
To complement the exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery is open late till 10pm every Thu, with a dynamic line up of gallery talks, events, master classes and film screenings, all inspired by the exhibition. Click here to view full line up of events
Watch Me Move – On The Big Screen
Barbican Film’s summer of animation continues, exploring the work of some of the world’s most influential animators and showcasing brand new films from around the globe.
Gibson /Martelli (igloo) will be showing their immersive installation SwanQuake:House as part of Watch Me Move.
'Watch Me Move: The Animation Show,' now exhibiting at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, is almost absurdly ambitious. Organizers of the show, the largest of its kind in history, have attempted to showcase not a movement, not a genre, not even a medium, but the entire artistic genealogy of animated imagery.
From Walt Disney to Matt Groening to Tim Burton to Jan Švankmejer to Hayao Miyazaki, the show is not concerned so much with unifying its diverse styles as it is with immersing visitors in all the possibilities. And those are only the most famous of the artists on the bill. It is difficult, in fact, to even attempt to summarize the exhibition, except to say that it's part zoo and part library, and that leaving and returning to reality at the end must be a powerfully disorienting experience.' - from Huffington Post