Conference & Festival
02 – 06 MAY 2018
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. The featured artists challenge the way we recognize familiar facial patterns and demonstrate character power at its most emotive—radically abstracting the portrait, playfully flipping heads inside out, covering the inner void with grimacing masks, or pushing minimalist reduction to its limits.
While international creators and producers gather in Berlin at the central PICTOPLASMA CONFERENCE to exchange strategies for the future of figurative aesthetics, the PICTOPLASMA FESTIVAL is an invitation to the curious and courageous to immerse themselves in the latest visual trends and world-class contemporary character design and art. It comprises the CHARACTER WALK EXHIBITIONS, presenting paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations by 100 artists—most of them exhibiting in Berlin for the first time; ANIMATION SCREENINGS, bringing eye-candy, psychedelia, and character-driven narration to the big screen; and a series of PERFORMANCES AND CLUB NIGHTS that confront the audience with a multitude of characters face to face.
21 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
03 – 05 MAY/
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
10178 BERLIN – MITTE
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 graphic, toy and game designers and leading animation filmmakers, offering the chance to learn from and be inspired by some of today’s most innovative and avant-garde artists.
17 CHARACTER WALK EXHIBITIONS
#FaceOff exhibition 2018
02 – 06 MAY/
The accompanying Festival exhibitions stage new work by an impressive line-up of participating artists – presenting sculptures, paintings, installations, art editions and multiples – many of them for the first time in Berlin. One highlight will be the vast group show by the 5th Pictoplasma Academy Alumni, introducing the raw talent of our annual master-class and taking a fresh look at the upcoming faces of tomorrow.
100 ANIMATION SCREENINGS
© César Pelizer
03 – 05 MAY/
The Festival’s film section brings animated newborns to the big screen, whisking the audience around the world in freshly curated programmes brimming with psychedelic eye-candy and storytelling genius.
After their morning premiere for the registered conference attendees, with many of the international studios and filmmakers present for Q&A rounds, the programmes await the wider festival audience for their re-run in the evenings.