Group Exhibition, Berlin, Germany curated by Carolyn Cristov Bakargiev Berlin, February 2003. From 8th February 2003 to 11th May 2003, Kunst-Werke Berlin is pleased to present Animations, an exhibition showcasing the unique ways in which contemporary visual artists address animation as a medium and subject. Animations focuses on the implications of living in an age where visual experience is informed by new technologies, and where the "reality" of live action film and the imagined worlds of animation have blurred together. With works by more than thirty artists ranging historically from the early 20th century till today, this exhibition addresses the utopian beginnings of the medium, the relationship between analog and digital, between graphic form and 3-D animation, and between commercial and experimental animation.
The source material for this work is a collection of one hundred episodes of the Looney Tunes television programme. Each episode is broken down into a series of individual shots. The artists have assigned key words to each instance they found of violence or physical extremity: every fall, every explosion, and every anvil. There are 120 categories in total. Each category is archived on an individual video CD which is labelled in clear, bold lettering and installed in the gallery on a shelf. Video CDs can be played back via the built-in video player.