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Pictoplasma Festival

Pictoplasma is the world’s leading platform for contemporary character design and art. The project pushes forward interdisciplinary discussion, development and promotion of a new breed of visual vocabulary—from illustration to animation, game to interactive design, urban to graphic arts. 


Coming may 2019, the 15th annual Pictoplasma Berlin festival awaits all international character pioneers, creators, artists, newcomers and enthusiasts for a special 5 day celebration of contemporary character visuals! 

Creators and producers meet for a Central conference To exchange strategies for figurative aesthetics, while the wider festival invites the general public to discover new trends. Cutting edge Screenings Bring the latest animation to the big cinema screen, numerous Exhibitions Throughout the city present original works and outstanding character craftsmanship, and Performances Put the characters into direct play with the audience.

Since 2013, Pictoplasma brings the experience, knowledge and expertise of its conferences and festivals to a new level of inspiration and intensity with a unique 8-day masterclass in Berlin. Selected academy participants get the unique chance to work on refining their personal projects and ideas under the close guidance of acclaimed artists and designers with years of experience and international standing.

Pictoplasma is the world’s leading platform for contemporary character design and art. The project pushes forward interdisciplinary discussion, development and promotion of a new breed of visual vocabulary—from illustration to animation, game to interactive design, urban to graphic arts. 

The brainchild of Peter Thaler and Lars Denicke was founded in 1999 to investigate possibilities and limitations of current character representation. Pictoplasma holds an annual festival and conference in Berlin, a second conference in New York, offers programs for further education, undertakes research into anthropomorphic design, curates museum exhibitions, and consults brands and companies. The focus is on how reduced and minimalist design can evoke maximal empathy—and help create meaningful interaction beyond the constrictions of narration.

Since its inception in 2004, each spring pictoplasma transforms Berlin into the international meeting point for a diverse scene of artists and creatives, trailblazing the face of tomorrow’s visual culture. 

The central CONFERENCE brings together 800 key players on a global scale and features 21+ lectures by forward thinking creatives. The accompanying ANIMATION SCREENINGS showcase 100 cutting edge short films, with most of the filmmakers present in Q&A rounds. The CHARACTER LAB offers hands-on workshops, immersive media demos and networking. And a string of exhibitions and art happenings in a GALLERY TOUR through the central Mitte district open up to the much wider FESTIVAL audience of 20.000.

Curated Group shows And Immersive installations at prestigious international art institutions such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, La Gaîté lyrique Paris or MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Monterrey, communicate the Avantgarde of visual culture to a broad audience, reaching more than 100.000 visitors to date. 
Using accessible topics such as portraiture or advertising mascots as the starting point, Pictoplasma reaches out and playfully introduces connections between appealing pop-art, post-digital theory and archetypical image creation.

With a fast growing Online fanbase, the project is a vivid network of thousands of illustrators, artists, designers and fans from round the world. 
Regular open calls for entries, ranging from thematic illustration projects to animation collaborations, make the project participatory, and enhance the international exchange of ideas and creativity.

With ten thousands of characters collected over the past years, Pictoplasma overlooks a unique, extensive ARCHIVE and has recently soft-launched PICTOFOLIO.COM as a new social network for international creators to share their work.

For more information regarding Pictoplasma check out their website at https://pictoplasma.com

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