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12 - 14 APRIL 2012

 

PICTOPLASMA  FESTIVAL  BERLIN 2011

 

FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART

 

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…


Programmablauf Kino 1
12. April, 20:00 Characters in Motion 1 und Gespräch mit Grant Orchard/Studio aka (UK)
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 (USA)

 


APRIL 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

 

 

APRIL 14: PROGRAM 3
“Character Encounters”

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

Weitere Informationen http://berlin.pictoplasma.com/screenings

 
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

jeanspezial
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
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”.

raymond
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.


longo
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.

orchard
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
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.

pott
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 commercial representation.

punga
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.


rementer
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
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.


sehsucht
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.


trussell
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..

wagenbreth
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.