Video: Watch Me Move At VDNKh
The Watch Me Move exhibition, invented in England, has already traveled half the world - it has visited Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Detroit, Nashville, Monterrey - and now it has opened with us. Its curator Greg Hilty has collected all the brightest achievements of the world animation - as a result, about 150 cartoon exhibits, made in different techniques, were obtained. Another of his tasks was to familiarize viewers with the most important names of animation: from the founding fathers - Etienne-Jules Mare, Emile Reynaud, Segundo de Chaumont and Georges Melies to the leaders of the new wave of animation arthouse - Jiri Barta, Patrick Bokanovski, Harun Faroki, Nick Park, Tim Webb, Bob Sabiston, Ralph Bakshi.
The exposition is divided into seven blocks: “Heroes”, “Supermen”, “Phantoms”, “Legends”, “Episodes”, “Forms”, “Ideas” and “Surprise”. The first explores the phenomenon of animated celebrities: Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Flintstones and Jetsons, as well as the animated series South Park, Futurama and The Simpsons. The section titled "Supermen" will tell about the key motif of post-war animation - good and evil characters endowed with superpowers. The inhabitants of this block - from the Hulk, first painted in 1962, to The Incredibles - illustrate the main rule: everything is possible in animation!
"Phantoms" is an attempt to capture phenomena that, for one reason or another, we cannot see: "Dinosaur Gertie" (1914) by Winsor McKay, "Jurassic Park" (1993) by Steven Spielberg, "Serpentine Dance" (1897-1899) Lumiere Brothers, The Birth of a Flower (1910) by Percy Smith. A comparison of Legends and Episodes is helpful in understanding the potential of animation interpretation as folk material (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) by Walt Disney and The Golem (1993) by Jiri Barta) and cultural precedents (The Last Clown (1995− 2000) Francis Alice) and personal experience of the artist ("Vincent" (1982) by Tim Burton). In addition, a cartoon can be a means of documenting an event - as in Harun Faroki's "Serious Games" (2009).
In the "Forms" space, visitors to the exhibition will have an excursion into the history of audiovisual experiments and the search for a new animation language. The Ideas block is dedicated to the present and future of animation: artists move towards the expressive potential of computer games and virtual reality. The exhibition closes with the space "Surprise
In addition to acquaintance with the masterpieces of world animation, VDNKh will also see those who made Soviet cartoons - a part of each of us's childhood. From December 2 to February 28, 2016 in Pavilion No. 2 "Public Education" the exhibition "Unreal Heroes. Soyuzmultfilm artists and characters.
The Watch Me Move exhibition in the Radio Engineering pavilion at VDNKh is open from November 18 to February 14, 2016.
Julian Opie. Jen's Walk, 2008. LED Screen © Julian Opie. Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.
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