Animotion

Visitors to the AniMotion exhibition are invited to get hands-on with six specially commissioned artworks which have been inspired by various animation techniques.

Watch as your face becomes a flying winged creature; try out an Occulus Rift headset and enter an imaginary animated world; transform the features on a huge Day of the Dead inflatable skull and watch its hypnotic animated eyes. Using Kinnect technology, you can reveal a hidden animated city with the wave of your hand, and can film yourself so that you feature in a colourful animation which has been created by local children and young people.

Bristol based, Academy Award winning animation company, Aardman, have provided four ‘animation stations’ where visitors can try their hand at making a zoetrope or have a go at creating a short computer generated animation.

The exhibition also includes an original Aardman set featuring Morph, the cheeky animated clay character who made his TV debut in 1977 in BBC children’s art programme Take Hart. Morph was a regular fixture on children’s television throughout the 70s and 80s and has recently returned to TV for a new series of hilarious adventures.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Animators and artists featured in the exhibition:

Impossible Arts – Wing/Face: A large-screen projection featuring animated birds. Each visitor’s face is mapped onto a winged creature before joining the on-screen flock flying high in the gallery.

David Urwin – The Nature of Imagination: Visitors can put on a virtual reality headset so they can view and interact with an imaginary world full of nature inspired animation. Viewers can watch as your skeleton avatar moves in response to unseen worlds.

Eleanor Meredith, BAT Studio and The Workers – Where Will the Selfie Take Us?: Using stop motion animation, visitors have the chance to star in a film where they interact with animations. Each visitor adds to the film and becomes the star just for a short time.

Mark Hewis – Slow Zoetrope: Normal zoetropes rotate very fast. For this piece of work, Mark has turned the concept of a zoetrope on its head and has created a 3D version which moves very, very slowly. This movement is captured by a video camera and uploaded onto a TV screen where visitors can watch the ever-growing results.

Spacecadets – Calavera: Inspired by Day of the Dead (a Mexican tradition where people decorate skulls) visitors are invited to decorate a large inflatable sugar skull which has hypnotic animated eyes.

Michele Panegrossi and Aye Aye – Invisible Cities: is a playful installation of origami shapes which are brought to life when visitors hover their hands above them, resulting in a series of stunning audio-visual animated sequences.

Aardman Animation: Inspired by the Gas Ferry Road studio in Bristol, visitors can create their own short animated films using Animate It! software, and have a go at creating a cartoon strip for a zoetrope.

The exhibition also includes an original Aardman animation set featuring Morph, the animated clay character who made his TV debut in 1977 in the children’s BBC art programme Take Hart. He was created by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, the co-founders of Aardman and went on to become a regular fixture on children’s television throughout the 70s and 80s.

In October 2013, almost 40 years after his TV debut, Aardman brought back Morph for a new series of adventures. Staying true to the original format, these episodes were shot using clay and traditional stop-frame animation in Morph’s original home at the Aardman studios in Bristol. The first of the new episodes premiered on Morph’s YouTube channel on 4th July 2014, receiving a huge amount of coverage in the media.

AniMotion is the second exhibition in a two part project which has been funded by Arts Council England. The first exhibition ‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants’ is an interactive exhibition for the whole family inspired by Nick Sharratt, author and illustrator behind drawings of Tracy Beaker.