Watch Me Move: The Animation Show

15 Jun 2011 – 11 Sep 2011

Event times

Open daily 11:00am - 8:00pm (except Wed until 6:00pm and Sat 10:00am - 8:00pm) Thu until 10:00pm

Cost of entry

Standard £10 online / £12 on the door; Concessions £7 online / £8 on the door; Secondary school (groups of ten or more) £6; Under 12s free

Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • Moorgate / Barbican

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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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