More than five years in the making, and containing nearly 400 clips from the golden age of animation, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape and recent related short cartoons, are screened within the evocative, historic setting of The Cinema Museum, the country’s only museum dedicated to cinema and cinema-going.
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape sees the limitless possibilities of today’s world through the prism of ten ‘motion laws’ delivered in a tone that is part-lecture, part-documentary and part-conspiracy theory, by the artist in the form of a cartoon avatar. New 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 and physics, and hundreds of clips from cartoon directors such as Tex Avery, Chuck Jones and early Walt Disney in an exploration of the world as an irrational space where anything can happen, yet certain things reoccur.
Screening in the Museum’s small cinema, are Holden’s recent series of animated short films, each the length of a cartoon, which further investigate aspects of the Cartoon Landscape. I Wouldn’t Dream of It (2017) sets Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams within Scooby Doo houses; Prelude is a walk through the landscapes of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, combined with fragments of Wordworth’s Prelude narrated by the artist’s ‘last man’ animated avatar; and What a Time to Be Alive is set in 2016, a point taken to be the beginning of the Cartoon Landscape, in which the cartoon artist finds herself wandering inside memes and unlikely moments from recent viral internet history.
This first London presentation of Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape at The Cinema Museum is generously supported by Lancaster Arts.
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (57 mins) was first seen at Glasgow International in 2016, and has since been shown at Venice Biennale (2017), Lancaster Arts (2017), Viborg Kunsthal (2017), Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2017), Front International in Cleveland, USA (2018) and Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2018).