Animate Projects presents Move on Up for Canary Wharf Screen


23 May 2012: In collaboration with Art on the Underground, Animate Projects presents ‘Move on Up’, a programme of 16 films from the Animate Collection for Season Two of Canary Wharf Screen, at Canary Wharf Station from 31 May to 26 August 2012.

Move on Up is a festival of films made by animation artists in the UK over the last 20 years. Artists include Run Wreke, Stuart Hilton, Susan Collins, Andrew Kotting and Semiconductor. All 16 films have been selected from the Animate Collection, the premier online resource for experimental animation. The earlier films were commissioned for Arts Council England and Channel 4’s renowned animation scheme, AnimateTV (1990 to 2009), whilst later films were originally commissioned for online exhibition.

The films use a wide range of animation techniques and styles to explore ideas of place in different ways. The programme begins with Early Birds, which considers the decline in the songbird population in the UK, and ends with As the Crow Flies, made with the drawings contributed by more than 500 people at workshops across the UK. The artists offer us new worlds, or re-imagine the world we already know, to allow us to reflect on our own experiences.

The season title refers to the song Move on Up by Curtis Mayfield, which is featured in one of the films being shown, Jukebox by Run Wrake. It captures the spirit of the programme in considering the challenges the world presents and the way we navigate our lives: “Just move on up to your destination, though you may find from time to time complications.”

Tamsin Dillon, Head of Art on the Underground, said: “I am hoping that our customers will find Season Two at Canary Wharf Screen an interesting addition to their journeys. The spacious ticket hall at this Tube station really lends itself to this kind of large-scale art project and is an ideal place to stop and reflect as we go about our busy lives.”

Gary Thomas, Director of Animate Projects, said: “Animate is thrilled at the opportunity to present a ‘festival’ of dynamic, provocative and beautiful films from the Animate Collection, made by UK artists over the last 20 years. Canary Wharf is a uniquely stunning and surprising context, and we are sure that the films themselves will surprise and delight.”

Canary Wharf Screen is an innovative motion picture screening programme that launched at Canary Wharf Tube station in March 2012, initiated and presented by Art on the Underground. The year-long project will show some of the best artists’ moving image, chosen by four of the UK’s leading film organizations and institutions, including new digital commissions and rarely seen films from the last century.

Canary Wharf Screen is presented on one of London’s largest projection screens, located in the vast ticket hall of Canary Wharf station. Designed by Sir Norman Foster and intended as the showpiece of the Jubilee Line extension programme, Canary Wharf is one of the busiest stations on the London Underground network. With footfall of some 40 million per year, Canary Wharf Screen has a potentially huge and diverse captive audience.

The inaugural 2012 series has been split into four seasons. Season 1 was presented in collaboration with Film & Video Umbrella.  Following on from Season 2 with Animate, subsequent seasons will be programmed by LUX and British Film Institute (BFI) respectively. Canary Wharf Screen offers an insight into the UK’s leading filmmakers and film institutions whilst surveying the strength and vibrancy of London’s arts community through its artists, commissioners, distributors and programmers.


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