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Extra (1995), music video for Ken Ishii
Cut 45, key animation frame by Koji Morimoto
With kind permission by Studio 4°C and R&S Records

Extra (1995), music video for Ken Ishii Cut 45, key animation frame by Koji Morimoto With kind permission by Studio 4°C and R&S Records

Exhibition Proto Anime Cut (HMKV)

The exhibition Proto Anime Cut on the 3rd floor of the Dortmunder U presents original drawings of the most important directors and illustrators of Japanese animated films. With Proto Anime Cut, the Dortmunder U starts to pay special attention to Japanese media art and popular culture – a focal point in the current programme.

The action-packed hero stories and the visionary science fiction of Japanese Anime are set in impressive worlds that are constructed in painstaking detail. Looking at the creative processes, the filmmakers appear as architectural dreamers who operate  with virtuosity at the borders of credibility, fiction and utopia. The exhibition Proto Anime Cut: Spaces and Visions in Japanese Animation focuses on the development of these arenas of action and narrative scenarios. Numerous background paintings, storyboards, drafts, sources of inspiration and film excerpts provide insight into the working methods of the most successful animation artists of the last two decades. Proto Anime Cut presents them for the first time in Europe.

An Emphasis on Japan

The beginning of the exhibition Proto Anime Cut and the special programme in the frame of the event ExtraSchicht 2011 mark the beginning of an intensive involvement with Japanese media art and popular culture in the current programme of the Dortmunder U. Second high point of this topical focal point is the Japan Media Arts Festival (Opening: 9th September 2011, 6th floor), which is also being organized by the HMKV. (Hartware Media Art Association) The programme of the JMAF DO11 covers all the different areas in the Dortmunder U (exhibition spaces, the cinema, club and others) and presents diverse cultural disciplines like media art, animation, manga and video games as equivalent forms of expression of a global culture.


In a video interview by, curator Stefan Riekeles comments on the topics of the project.

With works by: Hideaki Anno (Regisseur, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Haruhiko Higami (Fotograf), Koji Morimoto (Regisseur, Dimension Bomb), Hiromasa Ogura (Art-Director), Mamoru Oshii (Regisseur, Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor), Takashi Watabe (Layout)
Curated by: Stefan Riekeles (Les Jardins des Pilotes, Berlin) und David d'Heilly (2dk, Tokio)
Duration: 9th July – 9th October 2011

Further Information:

44137 Dortmund

Phone: +49(0)231.50-24723


Tue + Wed 10:00 – 18:00 
Thu + Fri 10:00 – 20:00 
Sat + Sun 11:00 – 18:00 
Mon closed


Adults: 5,- Euros / 3,- Euros reduced

Free admission for children under 10.
Families: 10,- Euros (max. two adults und children under 18)
Groups: 40,- Euros / 20,- Euros reduced (10-25 persons)

Exhib. Proto Anime Cut + Collection Museum Ostwall: 7,- Euros (4,- Euros reduced)
or Proto Anime Cut + Japan Media Arts Festival: 7,- Euros (4,- Euros reduced)

Further Information...


Each Thursday at 18:00 and each Sunday at 16:00 HMKV offers guided exhibition tours. (included in the admission)

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