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Watch Me Move: The Animation Show
Watch Me Move aims to demonstrate the centrality of animation to contemporary global culture. It is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted of the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years – from Little Nemo and Mickey Mouse to Toy Story 3.

The exhibition brings together industry pioneers such as visual effects creator Ray Harryhausen, 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.
Presenting animation as a highly influential force in the development of global visual culture, Watch Me Move explores the relationship between animation and film and offers a timely insight into the genre as a cultural phenomenon. Cutting across generations and cultures, the show features over 170 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, it includes puppets, stage sets, storyboard drawings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images.

Transforming the gallery into an immersive environment, the exhibition is divided into seven interconnected themes: Apparitions, Characters, Superhumans, Fables, Fragments, Structures, and Visions. Sections include early scientific experiments with photography; some of the biggest starts of our animated screens (Tom & Jerry, The Simpson); adventures of individuals with extraordinary powers (Astro Boy); stop-motion filming (Tim Burton’s Vincent); new media technologies and virtual world (Tron).

The exhibition is curated by Greg Hilty, Curatorial Director at Lisson Gallery and designed by Chezweitz & Roseapple. A 224 page book accompanies the exhibition, edited by Greg Hilty and Alona Pardo, with texts by Suzanne Buchan, Greg Hilty and Paul Wells.


Watch Me Move future cities
Nashville, Tennessee, USA (6 June - 7 Sep 2014)
Monterrey, Mexico (20 Nov 2014 - 1 March 2015)

Watch Me Move previous cities
Detroit, Michigan, USA (6 Oct 2013 - 5 Jan 2014)
Brasilia, Brazil (27 Apr – 7 Jul 2013)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (5 Feb – 7 Apr 2013)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan (23 May – 22 Sep 2012)
Taipei, Taiwan (19 Jan – 6 May 2012)
Calgary, Canada (8 Oct – 24 Dec 2011)
London, UK (15 Jun – 11 Sep 2011)

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