Announcement // Pictoplasma Berlin Conference & Festival 2015

berlin-art-link_pictoplasma.jpgPictoplasma Festival 2015 – Form Follows Function; Copyright of Lucas Zanotto

In just a matter of days, the Pictoplasma Festival will be kicking off for the 11th time in Berlin. From April 29th to May 3rd, the festival will welcome artists leading the scene in contemporary character culture, illustration, animation, and graphic design. The main exhibition, Form Follows Empathy is set to take place at Silent Green, a former crematory, with additional presentations, screenings, lectures, workshops, installations, exhibitions and performances at Urban Spree, Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, PLATOON Kunsthalle, and more.

Form Follows Empathy poses the question, “Isn’t it time to break with the modernist credo of pure functionalism and place empathic perception back at the base of all interaction?”, and provides the works of 17 international artists in response. Showcasing the latest innovations in illustration, animation, and graphic design, the exhibition will include things like “animist vases from Korea, polished resin skulls from Peru, darkly humorous prints from Spain, haunting child portraits from Japan and a multitude of fresh, character-­driven art mixing pop”.

berlin-art-link_JoanCornellà_pictoplasma.jpgPictoplasma Festival 2015, Copyright of Joan Cornellà

Confirmed artists include Birdo, an animation studio known for designing the Olympic mascots for Rio 2016, Andy Ristaino, an Emmy award-winning character designer and storyboarder for Cartoon Network‘s Adventure Time, Joan Cornellà Vázquez, known for his dark and surreal comic strips, Barcelona’s joyful and optimistic Brosmind, Milan-based claymation artist Stefano Colferai, Japanese pop­surrealist Hikari Shimoda, the founder of VJ-ing project BBBLASTER, Loup Blaster, Peru-based Mr. Kat, known for his “friendly, cute and classy” 3D characters, TADO, a collaborative, creative powerhouse based in Sheffield, UK, Snil Yom, a character-driven artist from Seoul, South Korea, Yves Geleyn, an award-winning, mixed-media storyteller, who recently worked with Elliot Dear on the ‘The Bear & The Hare’ Christmas advert for John Lewis, as well as a number of events put on by the festival’s educational counterpart, Pictoplasma Academy.

berlin-art-link_stefanocolferai_pictoplasma.jpgPictoplasma Festival 2015, Copyright of Stefano Colferai

The festival and all its exhibitions will open on Wednesday, April 29th and will run until Sunday, May 3rd. Those interested in attending the conference are encouraged to register/buy tickets online.


Additional Information

Conference & Festival: Apr. 29- May 3, 2015
Babylon, Platoon Kunsthalle, Urban Spree + numerous Art Spaces in Berlin
Blog post by Nora Kovacs in Berlin; Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015.

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