OPEN16: Andy Holden | Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Live Broadcast)

OPEN16: Andy Holden | Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Live Broadcast)


This event is a live broadcast of the artist's film, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, live from Glasgow International.

This new one-hour animated film is the culmination of five years of idiosyncratic research and public lectures exploring the possibility of using the Laws of Motion as they appear in cartoons.  It explains the world as it appears to us now, and how an artist might operate in a landscape in which everything has been done, everything is equally possible, yet certain things endlessly reoccur.

Taking ‘cartoon physics’ as its starting point, this dual-screen essayistic film, with animated artist as narrator, tells the history of the golden era of cartoons; interweaving quantum mechanics, philosophy, art history, and politics.

The animated artist slips between the language of critical theory and conspiracy theory, oscillating between historical fact and bombastic speculation, each idea flowing into the next with the logic of a cartoon.  Animated sequences sit alongside images from CERN, extracts from Stephen Hawkins, Greek philosophy, speculations on the 2008 financial crisis, musings on the potentially animate nature of all matter, and the role of the artist in this post-human landscape.


Andy Holden (b.1982, Bedford, UK) lives and works in Bedford, UK.

Recent solo exhibitions include Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013) Spike Island, Bristol, (2014), and Kunsthalle Winterthur, (2015), Its Only Bondage Was The Circling Sky, SVA Gallery (2015), Folly and Landscape, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2013), Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape at Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston (2012), Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2011), Cookham Erratics, Benaki Museum, Athens (2011), Art Now: Andy Holden, Tate Britain, UK (2010).