UPCOMING & NOW SHOWING
LAWS OF MOTION @ CINEMA MUSEUM, London
Thu 21 Feb - Sun 10 Mar 2019
Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 7pm
Thursday and Friday 12 - 9pm
Thursday 28th Feb 7pm (Tickets) - What I would do if I did what you would expect I would do
Thursday 7th March at 7pm (Tickets) Laws of Motion LIVE green screen version
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape is the result of more than five years work and contains a full 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 cartoons 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 “Anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation”, are mixed with Greek myths, philosophy, politics, physics and the history of animation to create an hour long 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. The Golden Age of animation proved a premonition of the world we now find ourselves within. From Aristotle to Newton to CERN, from Google to the 2008 banking crash to Trump, the film splices speculations with animation history of the work of directors such as Tex Avery and Chuck Jones to look at how the physic and ethics of the cartoon world might help us understand the world today, and how we might navigate this new terrain.
For its presentation at the Cinema Museum the upstairs auditorium is showing the updated two-screen hour-long animated film, on a loop and playing every hour throughout the day. Downstairs in the small cinema are a series of recent animated short films; each the length of a cartoon, exploring aspects of the Cartoon Landscape in more detail. These include an exploration of Scooby-Doo houses set to Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, and a walk through Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner landscapes, combined with fragments of Wordworth’s Prelude narrated by the artist’s ‘last man’ animated avatar. The final cartoon short is “set in 2016”, a point taken as the start of the “Cartoon Landscape”, in which the animated cartoon artist finds herself wandering inside memes and unlikely moments from recent viral internet history.
The exhibition was first seen at Glasgow International in 2016, and has since been shown at Venice Biennale (2017), Lancaster Arts (2017), Kunsthal Viborg, (2017), Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine (2017), Front International, Cleveland, USA (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (2018). This first London presentation is generously supported by Lancaster Arts.
“Holden takes us through the history of animations and how the physical laws of the cartoon world deviate from the everyday Newtonian universe. It’s a hugely entertaining melange of redundant erudition, linking the sublime violence of Disney and Looney Tunes to quantum physics and Stephen Hawking. Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape is worth an hour of anybody’s time. The real point is that the precariousness of the cartoon predicament mirrors modern life, with gravity against us as we try our best not to fall. Don’t look down.”
Adrian Searle (The Guardian)
“Without doubt, one of the most startling and talked-about works from Glasgow International… A dazzling journey through the history of animation, critical theory, physics and art…” Darian Leader (Frieze Magazine)
HOW TO FIND US
The Cinema Museum is located in Kennington, close to the Elephant and Castle.
Address: The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH
We can easily be found on Google Maps.
You can also view a large, printable map.
Nearest tube/train stations: Kennington (Northern Line) and Elephant and Castle (Northern and Bakerloo lines, and BR) are both within easy walking distance.
Bus routes: Routes 109, 133, 155, 159, 196, 333 and 415 stop within 3 minutes’ walk; 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 148, 168, 171, 172, 17, 188, 468, 453, C10, 363, 343, 344 and P5 all stop at the Elephant and Castle; additionally routes 3, 59 and 159 along Kennington Road are also under 10 minutes’ walk away.
NATURAL SELECTION @ SHETLAND ARTS
Opening 26 January 2019
Open Wednesday - Sunday - 11:00 - 17:00 - FREE
In conversation Thursday 24th 7pm - tickets
Observing a blackbird building a nest in the garden of his parents’ house several years ago, artist Andy Holden began an extended conversation about the nest as an overlooked aspect of bird life with his father, eminent ornithologist Peter Holden.
This developed into Natural Selection, a collaborative exhibition of objects, sculpture and videos, commissioned by Artangel, an organisation that produces and presents extraordinary art in unexpected places in London, across the UK and around the world.
A stunning exhibition for all the family, Shetland Arts is delighted to be hosting Natural Selection at the old Anderson High School site in Lerwick
Access is via the main entrance at the old Anderson High School, Lovers Loan, Lerwick.
Fully wheelchair accessible.
GOOD GRIEF,CHARLIE BROWN! @ Somerset House
CELEBRATING SNOOPY AND THE ENDURING POWER OF PEANUTS
25 Oct 2018 – 03 Mar 2019
£14.00 / £11.00 concessions, Under 12s free
GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition explores Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.
Featuring a new 40min Film “Oh! My Friends…”