Das Pictoplasma Festival 2012 präsentiert vom 12. bis 14. April wieder
ein umfassendes Programm mit der neusten Generation grafischer Figuren
und ihrer animierten Welten – Ausstellungen, Filmprogramme, Vorträge und
Workshops. Herz des Festivals ist erneut das Babylon – als zentraler
Treffpunkt einer internationalen Szene, die täglich von 11h bis 19h auf
der Pictoplasma Conference für Vorträge von Illustratoren, Künstlern und
Filmemachern zusammenkommt. Um 20h laufen jeweils neue Programme
animierter Kurzfilme, der "Characters in Motion", an die sich Gespräche
mit Filmemachern anschließen. Den Auftakt macht Grant Orchard vom
renommierten Londoner Studio aka. Sein Film "Morning Stroll" (2011)
jongliert gekonnt mit Stilen verschiedenster Epochen des
Animationsfilms, was ihm dieses Jahr eine Oskar-Nominierung und den
Britischen Filmpreis BAFTA eingebracht hat. Am Freitag erläutert Julia
Pott ihre charmanten Kurzfilme, in denen bizarre Tiergestalten im Stil
alter Kinderbücher einen melancholischen Blick auf unsere menschliche
Beziehungen werfen. Den Abschluss macht am Samstag Joel Trussell –
Enfant Terrible des animierten Musikclips und Regisseur der von Tom
Hanks geschriebenen, futuristischen und post-apokalyptischen Serie
"Electric City", die seit diesem Januar ausgestraht wird.
Alle Filmprogramme werden am 13. und 14. April im Studiokino
wiederholt, wo nachmittags auch das "Mini Plasma" läuft, ein
50-minütiges Programm für die kleinsten Fans der bewegten Figuren,
geeignet ab 6 Jahren.
APRIL 12: PROGRAM 1
” The Digital Delight of Character Compression”
Featuring work by: Guilherme Marcondes, Shy The Sun, Céline Desrumaux,
Peppermelon, Hornet Inc, Sehsucht, Passion Pictures, Ruffmercy, Faiyaz
Jafri, Studio aka, Beeple, Grant Orchard, and many more…
12. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 1 und Gespräch mit Grant Orchard/Studio
13. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 2 und Gespräch mit Julia Pott (UK)
14. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 3 und Gespräch mit Joell Trussell
13: PROGRAM 2
“Emerging Species of the Post-Digital Age”
Featuring work by: Julia Pott, Not To Scale, Animade, Kristof Luyckx,
Fluorescent Hill, The Brothers McLeod, Rumpus Animation, Kristofer
Ström, Nelson Boles, Malcolm Sutherland, and many more…
Programmablauf Kino 2
13. April, 15:00 Mini Plasma
13. April, 16:00 Best of Characters in Motion 2011
13. April, 18:00 Characters in Motion 2
13. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 1
13. April, 22:00 Characters in Motion 3
14: PROGRAM 3
Featuring work by: Joel Trussell, Yves Geleyn, Soandsau, Johannes Nyholm,
Pete Candeland, Allison Schulnik, Stephen Irwin, Lucas Zanotto, Rob
Reger, Jonathan Lindley, Ross Phillips, and many more…
14. April, 14:00 Mini Plasma
14. April, 15:00 Mini Plasma
14. April, 16:00 Characters in Motion 3
14. April, 18:00 Characters in Motion 2
14. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 1
14. April, 22:00 Best of Characters in Motion 2012
The 3 day Pictoplasma Conference (April 12 - 14) at the heart of the
Festival is packed with inspiring lectures and eye-candy ANIMATION
SCREENINGS at the Babylon, with further ARTIST PRESENTATIONS and
hands-on WORKSHOPS at the Character Lab.
The diverse line-up of participating artists covers a wide range of
media and disciplines, such as illustration, game design, installation,
urban and fine art, offering the chance to learn from (and rub shoulders
with) some of today’s most innovative and influential artists and
illustrators, cutting-edge graphic, toy, game or fashion designers and
leading animation filmmakers.
For full access to all of the Conference’s events attendees require to
have registered online
Gary Baseman crosses many lines of art as a painter, illustrator, video
and performance artist, animator, TV/movie producer, curator, and toy
designer. He created the three-time Emmy and BAFTA award-winning
animation series, “Teacher’s Pet,” earning him credit as one of the 100
Most Creative People in Entertainment named by Entertainment Weekly
Magazine. The Los Angeles Times has described his art as “adorably
perverse,” humorously playful and dark, childlike but often with adult
themes. His fine art has been displayed in galleries and museums in
Brazil, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, and all over the United States.
Gemma Correll has qualifications in basic first aid, grade 5 flute and a
first class degree in Illustration from the Norwich School of Art and
Design (UK). These skills have enabled her to forge a career in
freelance cartooning and illustration (and also help you out if you
break your finger or something). She divides her time between
commissioned work and working on personal projects. She also devotes a
large proportion of her time to updating her pugs’ blog. Gemma’s work is
narrative-based with a strong emphasis on wordplay, humor, observational
journalism and cats.
Mark Gmehling worked his way through Cinema 4d for the last 10 years
while gradually specializing in character design, animation and rigging.
After studying art, graphic design and marketing, he went on to serve
the advertising industry for a while, before he cut the ropes to work as
a self-employed illustrator. Mark’s visual style updates 80ies Graffiti
with contemporary “Plastic Bling”. He continues to teach design and
digital illustration two days a week, while his elaborate 3D renderings
of urban characters with a unique contortionistic quality are being
exhibited throughout Europe and the US.
Born in Zaanstad, a commuter town close to Amsterdam, Femke Hiemstra
grew up living nearby fields where she would roam the dredged ditches in
search of stone pipe heads or animal skeletons, building tree houses and
studying her father’s comics collection from the 60’s. A few years ago
she gave up being a full time illustrator to become a full time artist.
At her home studio in Amsterdam she creates mixed media paintings and
black and white graphite drawings. Preferring vintage objects such as
boxes and wrappers as her canvas, she creates imaginary products with
magical properties, surrealistic works that invite the viewer to enter
the world that lies inside.
Florentijn Hofman is famed for his integrating, intriguing and
interactive installations. He shifts with great joy between performative
public interventions and fine art sculpture, always with a strong desire
to amaze. His work for urban landscapes in the form of giant animals and
children’s toys challenge the function and purpose of public space: A
13-meter high Yellow Rabbit for the Openart biennale in Sweden explored
the notion of scale and perspective by providing a new focal point in
the open square, while his Fat Monkey placed a comically over-sized
sculpture cladded with thousands of iconic flip flops in the heart of
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Born 2005 as an art collective, the idea of the 9 founding members was
to create one, imaginary artist named “Jeanspezial”. Combining their
various talents, the resulting persona was able to move seamlessly
between drawing, sculpture, graffiti and etching at a furious rate,
allowing each work to be signed with the same name.
Equally inspired by renaissance masters and current pop culture,
Jeanspezial describes their work as a mix of Jérôme Boch meeting
Spongebob, shaking hands with Matt Groening and drinking tea with
Picasso and Mona Lisa.
Nathan Jurevicius has worked as a freelance illustrator and artist for
many international companies and publications. His most acclaimed
project to date is Scarygirl, which has developed an underground
following of fans through its online comic, limited edition vinyl toys,
designer products and travelling art shows.
His 2009 released Scarygirl online game produced with Passion Pictures
Australia ha s surpassed 1 million players, while reviewers have hailed
the project as possibly “the best indie browser game ever created”.
Only recently has Raymond Lemstra started to focus fully on drawing,
having previously worked as a motion designer and as part of a
performance group. In his drawings the Dutch artist references the
iconic quality of indigenous art, with other influences ranging from the
aesthetics of the Neue Sachlichkeit and Bauhaus to Magical Realism.
Lemstra is interested in the abstraction inherent in these art forms,
and the distortion resulting from selective emphasis on the head and
face. His work rekindles a childlike sense of wonder within contained
fantasy worlds where furry creatures blend with minimalist totemic masks
and exquisite retro futurism.
In a lengthy and elaborate process, US artist Joshua Ben Longo makes
soft sculptures from materials such as felt and cashmere, fusing the art
and craft of character design with ideas of desire and curiosity in
inappropriate social settings. His monstrous beings are always eyeless
so as not to distract the viewer’s attention from the corporeal
dimension. Teeth and anuses are their main distinctive features, at once
fascinating and repellent. Joshua’s work has been exhibited
internationally and featured in numerous publications. He currently
works at Pratt Institute teaching 3-D design, drawing, and as a design
consultant to the fashion and home industries.
Grant Orchard is a Bafta and Oscar nominated animation director and
designer who lives and works in London. He joined STUDIO AKA in 1997,
and soon gained attention for his idiosyncratic design and his ability
to approach projects from many different angles. He has created many an
eye-catching spot for clients as diverse as Compaq, Skype, Barclays and
Orange. He has won two prestigious D&AD awards and recently won at
Sundance for his recent film ‘A Morning Stroll.’ Alongside that he has,
in his own words, ‘ moved a whole bunch of small shapes around.’ As his
hugely successful Love Sport series testifies.
Pleix is a French collective of graphic designers, 3D artists, musicians
and video creators. They work on the limits, contradictions and
accidents that show the fragility of the digital world. Hybrids of
animals, humans and objects, flying dogs and futuristic visions are some
of the recurring motifs. Pleix puts a strong emphasis on working
collaborative and complementary, both in technical and creative regards.
Sound, image and editing are of equal importance. The group doesn’t
communicate their individual names for the work, but sign all different
projects as PLEIX.
Julia Pott is an animator and illustrator based in London and New York.
Following a BA in Animation and Illustration at Kingston University in
2007, Julia went on to direct animations for clients such as Bat for
Lashes, Etsy, Malibu Rum, The Decemberists and Toyota before completing
an MA in Animation at the Royal College of Art in 2011.
She is also part of the animation collective Treat Studios. Her
animation shorts “My First Crush”, “Howard” and “Belly” have raised
quite some attention and lead her to be signed by Hornet Inc for
In 2001 designer and street artist Tomi Dieguez teamed up with former
MTV producer Patricio Verdi Brusati to found Punga, a one-in-a-kind
design studio in Buenos Aires. In a little room in Palermo, Buenos
Aires, with a bit of technology that had just started to become
affordable and accessible, they set off to build what was soon labelled
as one of the most innovative animation studios world-wide. In 2004
Dieguez developed his first global campaign that opened the doors to
clients such as Sony, Diesel, Coca-Cola, Nokia or Nike. Today, with work
ranging from local record covers to global tv branding, Punga found a
wide output to express its unique colorful vision.
Andy Rementer is a creative person based in Philadelphia, where he
graduated from The University of the Arts in 2004. From 2005 to 2007 he
worked for Fabrica, the Benetton research centre, while living in
Treviso in northern Italy. He currently divides his time between drawing
and animating, with an overwhelming output of comics, zines,
illustrations and artwork for gallery shows.
His work has been featured through a variety of sources including MTV,
Urban Outfitters, Nylon Magazine, Warner Brothers, The New York Times,
and Creative Review. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows
throughout America, Europe and Australia.
Sauerkids is made up by Mark Moget and Taco Sipma, an artist duo based
in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Besides their day jobs as graphic designers at design agency Enchilada,
they are devoted to their label “Sauerkids”, serving as the perfect
outlet for their non-client based work.
Their character based art has been shown in several international art
exhibitions and projects.
Although they’ve been accused of “being on medication”, their work is
probably better described as a mash-up of innocent childhood imagery
with the mental confusion of everyday life.
Founded in 2000 by a bunch of hungry design addicts, Sehsucht has come
to leave its mark as a top-notch quality label in the field of
animations and graphics.
With an ongoing drive and excitement they direct and produce
cutting-edge digital content for international clients from the creative
industries, soon making them one of Germanys most prolific creators of
outstanding digital visuals. After working for Psyop in New York for
several years, and with a background in graphic design, fine arts and
VJing, Mate Steinforth joined Sehsucht in 2009 as Creative Director.
Among countless international high profiled awards, Sehsucht are proud
of being awarded with Silver and Golden Cannes Lions.
Joel Trussell is known for his music videos for M. Ward, Kid606, Jason
Forrest and Morcheeba. He also directed television segments for Yo Gabba
Gabba and commercials for clients such as Esurance and Nicorette. His
work has extended out into print illustration and solo gallery shows
exhibiting his paintings.
Although his style varies, he himself sums it up as “one scoop appeal,
one scoop disturbance, a dash of irreverence topped with a few modest
WTF sprinkles”. Most recently he finished directing the animated series
Electric City written by and starring Tom Hanks..
Henning Wagenbreth is one of today’s most respected visual artists
working in Germany. After studying at the East Berlin Art Academy, he
turned his focus to Illustration, with a strong interest in graphics and
typography, while understanding manual and industrial printing
techniques as essential part of the creative process.
Internationally recognized for his unique, comic inspired style and
numerous artworks for posters, books and magazines, he spreads his
character artwork on anything from a tiny stamp to an oversized poster,
on commercial work or his own art projects alike.