Peter Halley : EXPLODING CELL (ep. 2)

We are happy to share with you the second part of our Peter Halley program. In this new episode, we suggest we travel back in time, to the 80s. We will encounter the protagonists of Peter Halley’s abstract vocabulary in their ideological beginning, spotted in unusual for them settings. They will evolve, act and perform, like movie characters, in a captivating (and Peter Halley’s only) animation video from 1983.

Peter Halley’s Exploding Cell (1983) is an early computer animation, created before the advent of the desktop computer. Exploding Cell was edited over many hours at a small production studio in New York City—a process which today might only take minutes. Its indelicate pixilation and fidgety action reflect the animation techniques of the time and call to mind culture-defining videogames like Atari and Pac-Man. The work imagines the explosive destruction of the cell, which is more usually an icon of stability in Halley’s work. The creeping animation depicts a mysterious substance being pumped into the cell through a conduit, causing the structure to rapidly heat up and explode. The video, which runs 7 minutes and 47 seconds long, also includes a series of chromatic experiments, reflecting the exploration of color that is foundational to Halley’s practice.

Do not miss the first episode of the program featuring Peter Halley’s Heterotopia I installation. On view till January 15!

Episode 2 : Exploding Cell


Peter Halley’s Exploding Cell (1983) is an early computer animation, created before the advent of the desktop computer. Exploding Cell was edited over many hours at a small production studio in New York City—a process which today might only take minutes. Its indelicate pixilation and fidgety


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