Berlin! Mark 02 – 06 May 2018 in your calendar. The 14th PICTOPLASMA BERLIN 2018! International Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art is on its way. Outstanding screenings at Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, performances at Urban Spree and ACUD, and a series of exhibitions throughout Berlin-Mitte! From avant-garde urban art to global recognition value, award-winning animation to viral Internet phenomena: the 14th Pictoplasma festival presents true virtuosos of contemporary character design and art.
This May, the annual Pictoplasma Festival turns Berlin into the global epicenter of character design and art—a whirlwind convergence of international artists, illustrators, filmmakers, as well as game, graphic and product designers. Full Program & Schedule can be seen at:
ENTER THE FACE MACHINE
In its 14th edition, the festival activates the ‘Face Machine,‘ showcasing character design by virtuosos of the discipline. They challenge our understanding of facial recognition and demonstrate character power at its most emotive.
17 exhibitions and group shows in galleries, project spaces and partnering locations throughout Berlin’s central Mitte district present paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations by more than 100 artists—most of them exhibiting in Berlin for the first time. Among others the so-called CHARACTER WALK features original drawings and animation stills by Tove Jansson’s legendary Moomins, brand new paintings by Chilean artist Victor Castillo, hiding the children protagonists’ faces behind his trademark grimacing masks, and minimalist ceramics with maximal appeal by upcoming illustration star Charlotte Mei. Current Internet phenomenon Kéké Flipnote demonstrates his 8bit animation extravaganza, while Alex ‘Oh No’ Norris invites visitors to enter his highly viral three panel webcomics as a spatial experience. The Berlinale- and Goya-awarded filmmakers Réka Bucsi and Alberto Vázquez allow rare peeks behind-the-scenes—with sketches, storyboards, and production drawings. Urban arts legend Smithe from Mexico premieres his brand new series of paintings, in which he once more brutally flips heads inside out. And the famed political activist and ‘Illustrator-in-Chief,’ Edel Rodriguez, renowned for his radical abstraction of Donald Trump’s portrait on magazine covers from Time to Der Spiegel, awaits visitors for his first ever exhibition in Germany.
The CHARACTER WALK tour includes exhibition spaces such as the Instituto Cervantes and Collegium Hungaricum, project spaces neurotitan, Fatamorgana, pavlov’s dog, or Volume, MFI—Ministerium für Illustration and the showrooms of Bold, Rainbow Unicorn and 2 Agenten. Probably the most unusual location is the former caretaker building on the old cemetery St.-Marien St.-Nikolai at the corner of Prenzlauer Allee and Torstraße / Mollstraße, which serves as a perfect starting point. Festival maps to navigate from one exhibition to the next are available at all participating locations.
At the historic cinema Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 100 animated short films illuminate the big screen, whisking the audience around the world in four official selection programs. Current animation shooting star and CGI puppeteer Nikita Diakur sends the audience on a truly eye-opening journey in ‘Ugly,’ a broken simulated short about kindness, respect and coexistence. Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s award winning ‘The Burden’ deals with the existential anxiety of its animal protagonists in an hilariously dark musical enactment of the modern market place. Julian Glander premieres ‘Skybaby,’ a pastel-colored animated adaptation of his ongoing webcomic by the same name. And the festival’s famously and fabulously trippy Psychedelic midnight mix on Friday is set to bend brains and undermine established rules of storytelling, with exquisitely animated question marks by Brenda Lien, Wong Pin, and David Lewandowski. Additional screenings showcase short films by this year’s conference speakers, and as a rare opportunity, the festival presents Alberto Vázquez’ celebrated feature animation film ‚Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children,’ the story of the shy outcast character Birdboy in a post-apocalyptic society.
In its night program, the festival presents performances and lively, character-driven happenings. May 3rd at ACUD lures visitors in to soak up the wisdom of spoken-word aficionado Jim Stoten, followed by spiritual playgirl Karma She, with a live concert of her mix of Electro, Grime, and Bass Music and Witch House. On May 5th, the Post-Pictoplasma Party at Urban Spree sees the coming of le Camion Bazar, a rainbow-colored bus from Paris, hitting the road to spread good vibes of disco, house, and live percussion—drawing the festival to a close in a full-throttle love-in of ear-to-ear smiling.
Entry to all exhibitions is free of charge. Tickets for the animation screenings are available directly at the box office of Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
What? Where? When?
ARTIST TALKS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND
IMMERSIVE MEDIA PRESENTATIONS
At the heart of the Festival, the central Pictoplasma Conference presents 20+ key lectures by the world’s most influential artists and upcoming talents, cutting-edge illustrators, authors, toy and game designers and leading animation filmmakers. It is the meeting point for 700+ international attendees, offering the chance to learn from and be inspired by some of today’s most innovative and avant-garde artists.. all infos here: conference.pictoplasma.com/conference
10178 BERLIN – MITTE
02–06.05.18 / 12 – 20h
PICTOPLASMA CHARACTER WALK EXHIBITIONS 2018
17 ART VENUES & PROJECT SPACES IN BERLIN
all infos at: conference.pictoplasma.com/exhibitions2018/#map
ANIMATION SCREENINGS 2018
Pictoplasma illuminates the big screen of BABYLON AM ROSA-LUXEMBURG-PLATZ with the latest and most adventurous character-driven animation shorts, whisking the viewer around the world in four freshly curated official selection programs and a series of special screenings brim full with forward looking psychedelic eye-candy and storytelling genius.
full line up at: conference.pictoplasma.com/screenings2018
THURSDAY, MAY 3
Program 1: ‘Stare into the Face Machine’
Special: ‘Short Films by the 2018 Conference Speakers’
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Program 2: ‘Endless Play, Infinite Lives’
Program 3: ‘Psychedelic Midnight Mix‘
SATURDAY, MAY 5
Program 4: ‘Good Advice for Better Character’
Special: ‘Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children’
SUNDAY, MAY 6
Special: ‘Best of Pictoplasma Festival 2018’
10178 BERLIN – MITTE