Pictoplasma Festival Berlin 2012

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“The world’s leading and largest Festival of contemporary character culture” kehrt vom 11. bis 15. April 2012 nach Berlin zurück. Das 4-tägige Pictoplasma Festival bietet mit einer Konferenz, Ausstellungen, Workshops, Performances und Parties alles rund um das Thema “Character Design and Art”.

Unter dem Label “Post-Digital Monsters” präsentiert Pictoplasma die aktuellsten Entwicklungen in der Welt des “graphic design and illustration, animation and motion graphics, painting, sculpture and urban arts”. Der Fokus liegt weniger auf klassischer Medienkunst, sondern eher auf der Arbeit von Künstlern, die mit der digitalen Kultur aufgewachsen sind und sich nun in Richtung “slow media” bewegt haben, einem shift back zum Analogen, zu Wolle, Holz, Glas, Ton und verschiedenen Zeichen- und Maltechniken ohne digitale Aspekte zu vernachlässigen.

Weitere Informationen könnt Ihr der englischen Pressemitteilung entnehmen:

“Within the Conference, 18 upcoming and established artists present their work in focused presentations. Attendees gain unique insight into production processes, artistic strategies, sources of inspiration and the intimacy shared between artists and their work. In the evenings the Babylon will also host this year’s Animation Screenings that cater to wide audiences, with many of the filmmakers present to discuss their work. For participating artists, please see the enclosure.
From its very beginning, Pictoplasma has been all about encouraging attendees to turn off their computers and share their knowledge and skills in intimate workshops – whether on drawing and bookmaking, the sewing of costumes, masks and dolls, silk-screen and wood print, pen to paper animation or toy sculpting. This year, the Character Lab further enables attendees to explore different media: linocut print, fanzine production, live drawing classes, 3D illustration or indie game development are just a few. The Character Lab will also feature further in-depth presentations, live art performances and hands-on public jam sessions. It is hosted by .HBC on the Karl-Liebknecht Straße – the former cultural centre of Hungary has established itself as jewel in Berlin’s buzzing nightlife. With an auditorium, back rooms and open foyers, it offers the perfect setting for a lively collaborative atmosphere.
As always the accompanying Character Walk will lead visitors through galleries and project spaces in the immediate vicinity. A string of 15 group and solo exhibitions, installations and public interventions will present works by artists speaking at the Conference and others. For the third time, the tour will also feature the work of this year’s Pictoplasma artist in Residency at the General Public project space, awarded by a jury.

CONFERENCE
The Pictoplasma Conference is packed with inspiration. Today’s most innovative and influential artists and illustrators, cutting-edge graphic, toy, game or fashion designers and the leading animation filmmakers share a very intimate look on their personal and professional creation. Attendees gain unique insight into production processes, artistic strategies, sources of inspiration and the intimacy shared between artists and their work. This year’s speakers include Argentinean animation virtuosos Punga; Florentijn Hofman (NL), creator of urban installations beyond proportion; Julia Pott (UK), warming the animation world’s hearts with brilliant short films; internationally recognized Uber-illustrator Henning Wagenbreth (DE); Joshua Ben Longo (USA) > workshop, character walk, responsible for the scariest soft sculptures you’ve ever considered to hug; Dutch fine artist Femke Hiemstra, creator of an endless bestiary in surrealistic paintings; Philadelphia based illustrator Andy Rementer, who creates ultimate dude-style 70s comic imagery with a subtle deadpan humor; Mark Gmehling (DE), who managed to surprise everyone with an uplifting of 3D illustration; Nathan Jurevicius (AUS), creator of the ever expanding universe of ‘Scarygirl’; Grant Orchard (UK), animation director at Studio aka, who has just been awarded with a BAFTA and is now Oscar nominated; Raymond Lemstra, whose iconic characters playfully resample iconic references such as indigenous art, Magical Realism and Bauhaus; artist duo Sauerkids (NL), who produce an ongoing mash-up of innocent childhood imagery with the mental confusion of everyday life; French art collective Jeanspezial with their colourful works; and Joel Trussell (USA), famed for his congenial videos for M. Ward, Kid606 and Jason Forrest, who has just finished directing the animated series ‘Electric City’ written by Tom Hanks.

FILM SCREENINGS
Every day of the Conference starts and ends with screenings, which present the very best Characters in Motion on the big screen of the Babylon. Pictoplasma is constantly scouting for new animated shorts, music videos, motion graphics and experimental films. Directors and studios featured are Beeple (USA), Yves Geleyn (FR), Nomint (GR), Peppermelon (ARG), Seb Burnett (UK), Studio aka (UK), Dean Fleischer-Camp (USA), Delphine Dussoubs (FR), Kristofer Ström (SW), Mirari & Co (JP), Passion Pictures (UK). Many of the filmmakers are present at the festival to discuss their work after the screenings.

CHARACTER LAB
From its very beginning, Pictoplasma has been all about encouraging attendees to turn off their computers and get their hands dirty. Participating artists share their knowledge and skills in the concentrated atmosphere of intimate workshops – whether on drawing and bookmaking, the sewing of costumes, masks and dolls, silk-screen and wood print, pen to paper animation or toy sculpting. This essential part of the programme is now being intensified: The Character Lab will open its doors every afternoon at nearby .HBC. The former cultural centre of Hungary has established itself as jewel in Berlin’s buzzing nightlife. With an auditorium, back rooms and open foyers, it offers the perfect setting for a lively collaborative atmosphere. Conference speakers share their knowledge in concentrated classroom settings. Experts allow hands-on experience with special techniques, and everyone is invited to get their hands dirty in open jam sessions. With a restaurant inside the .HBC, no one has any excuse to leave before the early morning.
The Canadian collective Bee Kingdom will present the art of glass blowing, with live demonstrations at its nearby workspace; sound designer David Kamp (DE) will not only give an in-depth presentation on how to add the audible magic to animation, but also host live figure drawing sessions with his sound creatures as models; Mark Gmehling (DE) will instruct illustrators on how to translate their drawings into 3D rendered works; Nathan Jurevicius (CAN) shares his experience on indie game development; French collective Jeanspezial will teach how to work with the technique of linocut; and Andy Rementer (USA) will enable attendees to preserve the visual output in a well crafted fanzine. In addition to these and other sessions, the Character Lab will host live art performances by many of the participating artists and enable all to release their creative energy in collaborative drawing sessions. All this will lead to a glorious finale at the Characters In Every Corner party on Saturday night.

CHARACTER WALK
The Character Walk reclaims the urban landscape and invites a broad audience to explore 15 diverse gallery exhibitions, installations and project spaces in the heart of the city. In addition to the selected shows by international artists, the Pictoplasma Residency offers one upcoming talent the chance to present his or her work at the renowned General Public artspace. Further urban interventions make the Character Walk a lively field of activities. Featured exhibitions are by artists speaking at the Conference:
Andy Rementer, Julia Pott, Mark Gmehling, Sauerkids and Joshua Ben Longo will present selections of recent works. The eight members of art collective Jeanspezial will each present an interpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s painting ‘La Laitière’. Ben Newman (UK) will install a series of his geometric masks in wood, felt and as prints. And Pictoplasma presents works that have recently been featured in the ‘Post- Digital Monsters’ show at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris: South African artist Jordan Metcalf with his mysterious drawings, mini- embroideries of Yetis meet Start Wars by Megan Whitmarsh (USA), paintings of creatures in the woods by MYMO (DE), elaborate pencil and acrylic drawings of birds by Nick Sheehy (AUS), a knitted sculpture and tapestry by Nina Braun (DE), and more gestalten in watercolour by Overture (JP/US), pencil drawing by Raymond Lemstra (NL) and pen on paper by Rina Donnersmarck (DE).”

Zeit:
11. bis 15. April 2012

Orte:
Kino Babylon, .HBC und 20 Galerien

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