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Kaboom! Explosive animation from America and Japan

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12 Nov 1994 to 05 Mar 1995


Ralph Bashki, John Beck, Bob Clampett, Buichi Terasawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Mike Judge, Katsihiro Otomo, Kenichi Sonada, John O’Donnell, Osamu Tezuka, Masamune Shirow, Masuo Ueda, Rumiko Takahashi, Takashi Oshiguchi, John Zorn

Guest Curator:

Phillip Brophy

about the exhibition

KABOOM! investigated the technical, stylistic, political and cultural realms of the world of animation after World War Two in the domineering postwar cultures of America and Japan. It was high-key audio-visual exposure to the dimensional wonder of animation, immersing the visitor into the chaotic logic, askew physics and abrasive stylistics which characterised it as a medium – one with an illustrative, graphic feel and yet one capable of stretching one’s visual experience and aural sensations.

The American component of the exhibition focused on the animation of Bob Clampett (Beany & Cecil), Ralph Bashki (Fritz the Cat), and on cult cable TV shows such as The Ren & Stimpy Show. The Japanese component of the exhibition focused on the work of Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro) and on examples of wild teen genres and cyberpunk animations.

Animation cells, audio-visual displays, documentaries and associated merchandising also formed part of the exhibition.