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 presented 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.
21 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
30’25’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 612,9MB
Spanish writer, animation director, illustrator, and cartoonist Alberto Vázquez shares behind-the-scenes insight on the making of his multi-award winning short films and recent feature ‘Psiconautas,’ based on his dark coming-of-age graphic novel of the same name.
32’00’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 714,1MB
‘Webcomic Name’ creator Alex Norris is famed for his viral meta-gags fusing tragedy and comedy. In his talk he reflects on the frustrations of false expectations, human relationships, and the existential insignificance of everything we do—and confesses that he struggles to write a comic without an ‘oh no’ punchline.
27’55’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 640,9MB
Benjamin Vedrenne, known as GLKT, introduces us to his personal work revolving around digital experimentation, procedural generation, computer errors, glitch aesthetics, and the intersection of natural and artificial intelligence. He also loves playing with emerging systems, and has a bunch of Indie game recommendations.
24’19’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 566,9MB
The Cachetejack universe is teeming with light hearted color, energy and humor —always with a quirky twist on everyday situations. The Illustrator duo made up of Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul take the stage to share how much work lays behind their seemingly easy and engaging analogue drawings and paintings.
26’26’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 554,1MB
3D artist and ambassador for WIGJ (Women in Games) Danette Beatty takes the stage to share her journey from the US to London, where she most recently worked as a level artist on ustwo games’ ‘Monument Valley 2,’ the burden of maintaining a daily doodle project and how sharing 3D advice by writing up tutorials can help you grow.
45’15’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 723,3MB
As an artist of Cuban origin, who moved to the US as a teenager, Edel Rodriguez has a long illustration career and more than 100 newspaper and magazine covers under his belt. Yet it was his incendiary imagery taking aim at the Trump presidency for Time magazine and Der Spiegel that became immediate global icons, and turned him into ‘Donald Trump’s most hated artist.’
38’40’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), soon
California based film studio Encyclopedia Pictura, run by Isaiah Saxon, Daren Rabinovitch, and Sean Hellfritsch, takes the stage to share their taste for mysterious relationships with nature and technology. During their projects for the likes of Björk, Panda Bear, Dirty Projectors, or Grizzly Bear, they always stayed true to their unique approach: mix puppeteering, stop-motion, live-action, and CGI interactivity—with a meaning.
38’55’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 629,1MB
After years of digital work Lithuanian animation director, visual artist, and founder of studio PetPunk Ged Sia discovered his love for stop motion and artisanal craftwork. His recent short film ‘Running Lights’ might have been a struggle in the making, but was awarded with several international awards and screened at over 30 film festivals around the world.
36’20’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 792,8MB
British animator and director James Curran shares the making of his famed ‘Gifathon’ projects—30 animated GIFs released in 30 days based on his experiences living in New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo—and a mini-gifathon in Berlin especially for Pictoplasma.
28’59’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 819,1MB
Famed illustrator and artist Jim Stoten talks about 6 year old emails, the use of too many Photoshop filters and living and working from his home studio in Hastings, where he creates painstakingly elaborate drawings with a distinct psychedelic flair on commissions for clients from all over the world.
23’36’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 535,6MB
French self-taught animator Kévin Gemin, better know as Kékéflipnote, confesses how he fell in love with the simple animation tools provided by his little Nintendo DSi and 3DS consoles. The resulting GIF vignettes of bouncing pigeons and foxes are currently creating a big splash online, and certainly made everyone in the conference auditorium smile!
32’52’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 577,4MB
Hungarian animation filmmaker Réka Bucsi takes us on a stunning tour through her career: from receiving a BFA to her Oscar shortlisted graduation film and beyond! After winning basically EVERY international festival award, and a feature film accompanied by a live jazz orchestra later, her advice is basically still the same: do we really need to obey traditional narration?
31’12’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 607,4MB
Illustrator, designer and picture book maker Rilla Alexander starts off with a quick drawing exercise (you’ll need pen and paper!!!) and leads us through the ups and downs of finishing a project, be it her self-authored picture books or the recent collaboration with author Jane Yolen, ‘A Bear Sat on My Porch Today.’ Done it better than none!
24’02’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 442,1MB
Sophia Jansson, niece of legendary Tove Jansson (1914-2001), gives insight into her job of managing and protecting the Moomin heritage as Chairman and Creative Director of Moomin Characters Ltd, while remaining true and respectful to the spirit and artwork created by her aunt.
22’52’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 577,7MB
Exploring art and technology, Deborah ‘Tartaruga Feliz’ talks about her workshops mostly with children in very different parts of the planet, passing on values and exploring the intersection of learning, interaction, and play as a path to strengthen creativity.
30’49’’, 1080p mp4 (H.264), 769,3MB
Los Angeles-based Chilean artist Victor Castillo explains how he appropriates the narrative logic of children’s book illustration and the aesthetics of vintage US animation to present pitch-black allegories about the human nature. His work has been described as political poetry rooted in his Latin American experience—which at the conference premiered its re-incarnation as animation, thanks to the help of Matias Rivera.
03 – 05 MAY/
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
10178 BERLIN – MITTE
At the heart of the Festival, the central Pictoplasma Conference presented 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 staged 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.
100 ANIMATION SCREENINGS
© César Pelizer
03 – 05 MAY/
The Festival’s film section brought animated newborns to the big screen, whisking the audience around the world in freshly curated programmes brimming with psychedelic eye-candy and storytelling genius.