El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms Available

exhibition, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, until 11 May.
When does animation become art? What remains of animation when it leaves the cinema or TV screen, and manifests itself in other spaces? El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms Available sets out in search of the many expressions of the phenomenon of ‘animation’ in a broader sense, starting with the medium in its earliest form, at the time when this artistic practice was not yet constrained by the conventions and clichés of the film industry. Conceived as a visual essay, the exhibition is a space-related experience. Animation here is understood as entering a force field: the manipulation of images and objects in staged museum rooms, the bridging of intervals.