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 colorful characters in a playful promenade. This exhibition uses these same words to invite visitors to a celebration of animation. Watch Me Move is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted to present the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years. Presenting animation as a highly influential force in the development of global visual culture, the exhibition explores the relationship between animation and film. Cutting across generations and cultures, Watch Me Move features over 100 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces. It brings together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and contemporary artists including Étienne-Jules Marey, Harry Smith, Jan Švankmajer, William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg alongside the creative output of commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. Watch Me Move: The Animation Show is organized by Barbican Centre, London. The Barbican Centre is provided by the City of London Corporation.
June 6, 2014 - September 1, 2014