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"His Life is full of Miracles… Animation Videotheque"
2006-03-12 until 2006-04-29
Site Gallery
Sheffield, , UK United Kingdom

Following on from the success of the ‘It is hard to touch the real’ videotheque project (2004), Site Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of international animation works. The project will take the form of a self-selection video lounge in the gallery spaces at Site at which visitors can select works to view from a ‘menu’ of international works. Taking in stop-frame, digital, drawn and lens-based animation the project will give both an overview of work recently produced in this area and also very personal selections from artists and curators.

Theorist Walter Benjamin saw early animation as a radicalising of film, which offered a release from the constraints of the physical laws of time, space and technology. A chapter of an early version of his essay ‘The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction’ was originally titled Mickey Mouse about whom he said: ‘His life is full of miracles – miracles that not only surpass the wonders of technology, but make fun of them’  (Experience and Poverty, 1933)

Perhaps it is these original radical and avant garde possibilities of animation which still fascinate artists – “the anti-naturalist, utopian rebuttal of physical laws and ‘natural’ constraint” (Esther Leslie) which allows reinvestigation of the relationship between the still and moving image, the flatness of line and the illusion of depth and the digital manipulation of photographic ‘reality’.

The videotheque includes sections selected by Ben Cook (Director, Lux), Ann Course (artist, UK), The Designers Republic, Grennan & Sperandio (artists, UK), Motohiko Odani (artist, Japan), Prix Ars Electronica and includes work by:

J Tobias Anderson, Peter Atha, Oury Atlan, Tomek Baginski, Sebastian Buerkner, Paul Bush, Saiman Chow, Arno Coenen, Martha Colburn, Bredan Cook & Paul McNeil, Ann Course with Paul Clark, Simon Faithfull, Damien Gasgoine, Bernard Gigounon, Dryden Goodwin, Anthony Gross, S Mark Gubb, Rory Hamilton & Suky Best, Max Hattler, Takahiro Hayakawa, Lewis Klahr, Tusuke Koyanagi, Janneke Küpfer, Cecelia Lundquist, Lycette Bros, Melissa Marks, Helen de Main, Ra di Martino, Jan van Nuenen, Motohiko Odani, Paulette Phillips, Prevett & McArthur, Qian Qian, Rachel Reupke, Rafael Rozendal, Semiconductor, Martin Sastre, David Shrigley, Star Dust, Mark Titchner, Jim Trainor, Miranda Whall, Run Wrake.

Visitors can select and view work on monitors at their own pace in the main gallery or watch personally selected showreels projected in the second gallery.

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