Plot in Plastilin
– 20 January 2019
The words modelling clay inevitably evoke childhood memories in most people. However, the colourful mass also plays an important role beyond its function as play and crafts material. As a raw material for animated films, models, sculptures or illustrative representations, it is a popular choice with many designers and artists despite the possibilities offered by new digital technologies.
The exhibition “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine products as modelling material from the 1950s to the present day. The material offers endless options for shaping models that can be discarded just as quickly as they are made. It is used in installations, photographs, and also animated films, as well as in professional product development. The exhibition will include excerpts from well-known animated films for children, such as “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental cinematic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from product design. Visitors, from professional designers to school classes, will surely get their money’s worth.
The exhibition was developed by the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur and is intended to not only provide insights into the history of modelling clay but also into the genesis of animated films. The supporting programme includes a large number of events dealing with colourful handicrafts and animated films.