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Re: [BKARTS] Flip Book Exhibition

DAUMENKINO (The Flip Book Show)

7th May – 17th July 2005

A flip book is a book that becomes a cinema for a short space of time; it is
a sequence of images that reveals its narrative as you look at it, an object
that you have to touch in order to get it to tell its story.

In the world’s first comprehensive exhibition on the subject, the thematic
and contextual convergence of art, animation and film in the 20th Century is
charted, placing the flip book—a well-known and yet scantly regarded
medium—squarely in the public eye. Simultaneously both book and pocket
cinema, picture sequence and narrative, the flip book has elicted
wide-ranging artistic interpretation over the years and provided fascinating
insights into the anatomy of the moving image ever since it was patented in
1868 by the English printer John Barnes Linnett.

Included in the presentation are flip books both from the past and the
present, experimental films and artists’ books, which in turn derive their
effect from the sequential order of their pictures and as such, share a
certain commonality with the flip book by virtue of their medium—not every
flip book can immediately be recognized as such. Harnessing its formal
parameters, artists have regarded the medium as a challenge, used it and
interpreted it anew.

The exhibition comprises flip books gathered from more than 170 artists and
filmmakers and divides them up into different categories: from monographic
retrospectives (Ruth Hayes/George Griffin), surveys of particular forms of
image (portrait/short film), thematic references to the history of erotic
animation, specific eras (1960s, 1970s) to current artistic positions which
extend the range of the flip book.

The vast majority of the flip books can actually be touched
or »thumbed-through« by visitors to the exhibition. In addition, alternative
methods of presentation have been developed to accommodate rare or historic
specimens focusing on the specific attributes of the flip book, such as its
diminutive size and the way it is individually perceived.

The main focus of the exhibition is upon flip books by contemporary artists
and filmakers, such as John Baldessari, Robert Breer, Tacita Dean, Elliott
Erwitt, Julia Featheringill, JDrg Geismar, Volker Gerling, Gilbert & George,
Douglas Gordon, Keith Haring, Sabine Hecher, William Kentridge, Sigrun
Köhler, Eric Lanz, Jonathan Monk, Bruce Nauman, Stephanie Ognar, Tony
Oursler, Dieter Roth, Miguel Rothschild, Jack Smith, Beat Streuli, Andy
Warhol and Janet Zweig amongst others.

The exhibition is curated by Christoph Schulz and Daniel Gethmann. The
Cologne architect Meyer Voggenreiter is responsible for the exhibition
design. There will be an extensive catalogue and DVD to accompany the
exhibition published by snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne.

Press conference: Friday, 6th May 2005, 11 am

Opening: Friday, 6th May 2005, 7 pm

Opening times: Tue – Sat: noon – 7 pm; Sun and public holidays: 11 am – 6 pm

Guided tours in German free to the public: Sundays at 12.30 pm

If you're traveling this summer, this is the show!

Judith A. Hoffberg


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