Hi there, this is a bit of a late post since the exhibition is coming down on the 6th of may but I only had time to see it myself yesterday. If you can make it before then go, go, go to Haus der Kulturen der Welt and have a look at this interesting exhibition. I spent two and a half hours there yesterday and still could have done with some more time. The exhibition contains drawings, slides, animations, objects, archive material and lots of films all somehow dealing with the topic of animism. Before entering there’s a fine little booklet at the doors to highlight the different points of interests presented in the exhibition.For those of you who won’t have a chance to make it there I thought I’d post some links to sites where you can find out more about it.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt can be fouund in Tiergarten or here: http://www.hkw.de
This image is from the work put together by Marcel Broodthaers consisting of 80 slides and most of it is made up of images from J.J Grandville’s book “Un Autre Monde” from 1844.
There was also a lot of witty and interesting video works, for example “Ballet Mécanique” by Fernand Léger from 1923/24 or “Soft Materials” by Daria Martin a work that you can read about at the Showroom webpage. I also particularly enjoyed the documentary film called “The century of Self” by filmmaker Adam Curtis which you can watch online, so do! very exciting.
More on the funny side was the beautiful film “Vormittagsspuk” or ghosts before breakfast from Hans Richter, I think I might have written about it before because it is great film and also absolutely super was “The Skeleton Dance”, Silly Symphonies from Walt Disney made in 1929.
So, I think that is all I will write about it, have a look at the links and you will get a small idea of the great varity in the exhibition. I thought it made a lot of fun and it was a very stimulating exhibition to see.