Andy Holden. Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

30 May 2024 – 13 Jul 2024

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10:00 – 17:00
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The Perimeter is delighted to present an exhibition of Andy Holden’s film Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape. The hour-long film is the result of more than five years work and contains a fully realised animated theory proposing the world is best now understood as a cartoon.


The film examines the formation of ‘laws’ within cartoons as a way of making sense of the world we are now within; a space where anything could potentially happen. Made from hundreds of cartoon clips, the work adopts a part-lecture, part-documentary, part-conspiracy theory tone, with the artist rendered as a cartoon avatar in order to narrate his theory. Laws such as “Everything falls faster than an anvil” and “Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation”, are combined with Greek myths, philosophy, politics, physics and the history of animation to create an exploration of the world as an irrational space where anything can happen, yet certain things reoccur, and in which a new set of laws have formed. 

For this exhibition, The Perimeter has been transformed into a cinema. Visitors will watch what Holden describes as “a manifesto for art after art history, based on the oscillating zig-zag wave form of Charlie Brown’s jumper, the movement between knowing and not-knowing found in Bugs Bunny and the space of the ‘plausible impossible’”. Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape was first shown at Glasgow International in 2016, where The Art Newspaper called it an “epic and widely acclaimed masterpiece”. It was subsequently included in the Future Generations Art Prize during the Venice Biennale in 2017 and in numerous solo exhibitions including MOCA Toronto, The Cinema Museum, London and as a live performance at TATE Britain.

Screening Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10:45AM, 12:15PM, 1:45PM, 3:15PM, 4:45PM

Running Time: 57 minutes

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