Organized by Barbican, the exhibition Watch Me Move. Un viaje por la animación (Watch Me Move. An Animation Journey) brings together an extensive selection of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years that explores the major influences of animation on the development of our visual culture. From the earliest works realized by pioneers like Lumière and Étienne-Jules Marey at the end of the nineteenth century to the grand productions from studios like Walt Disney and Pixar, as well as iconic shorts and well-known masterpieces from Asian studios.

Over the years, the power and the potential of animation has inspired artists and cinematographers to explore its endless possibilities in works that amaze, move us, impact and appeal to our emotions, animation has also become a socio-political and cultural phenomenon that transcends the very mere entertainment.

Divided into six thematic sections, that draw out common themes across the history of the medium, and inviting the spectator to crossover into alternative realities and imaginary worlds.
Although animation has its origins in the earliest of known visual representations, such as cave paintings, it was not until the experiments of the first chronophotographers who were able to realize the movement of an image. Those works were scientific observations focused on the study of human and animal bodies in motion. In the section Apparitions there are examples of those early works and how narratives and techniques were developed that became more and more complex.

From those first shorts, defined personalities emerged with which the public identified. In the section Characters it is possible to appreciate the breadth and depth of the characters made iconic in the medium.

The decade of the 1930s brought with it characters with extraordinary powers; while Marvel and DC Comics were creating a universe of superheroes, Japan was building a total industry around anime and manga. The Superhumans were common, ordinary people, who accidentally developed extraordinary abilities.

The section Fables and Fragments includes different forms in which the narrative has been developed through animation, from the recreation of fairy tales, myths, fables and other stories from popular culture to more individual and personal narratives.

One of the attractions to animation is its ability to bring life to inanimate objects by achieving images. Some animators prefer to relegate narrative and other options of this medium, offering it up to experimentation, to the basic elements of simple pleasure: seeing the results. In the part Structures, various examples of these works are presented: abstract animations and animated collage sequences.

And finally, the section Visions shows the scope of animation, creating virtual worlds at the end of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, scenes nourished by the existing forms of art and entertainment like video art and video games.

The exhibition Watch Me Move. An Animation Journey will be on view to the public from 21 November 2014 to 1 March 2015.




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