Pictoplasma embraces the quirky characters that overflow our media landscape…quite literally since they created the first real live characters. Starting at the turn of the century, Pictoplasma has established itself as the world’s first and leading platform with a unique focus on contemporary character culture across all forms and media, from design and animation all the way to fine art installations.
ince the beginning in 1999 Picoplasma has evolved as the first platform for the collection and presentation of artistically conceived character design and art. The Pictoplasma Archives have carried together over 20.000 examples of outstanding characters design, by more than 5.000 international designers, artists and illustrators. Resulting in a series of publications.
Since 2004, Pictoplasma Conferences and Festivals bring together a disparate community of international character creators and producers from the worlds of illustration, animation, design, street and fine art. While the format has meanwhile traveled to the globe, from NYC to Argentina, the main focus always remains on the exploration of common territory.
In a series of exhibitions, installations, group shows, urban games, performances and happenings, Pictoplasma exposes the viewer with the physical impact of reduced figuration in the third dimension: the tangible delights of plush dolls and costumes, the heart warming spontaneity of hand-drawn scribbles, the cool perfectionism of high-res, larger than life cardboard stand-ups and the interactive challenge of a character-driven rodeo installation.
Working with some of the greatest talent worldwide, they have curated carefully selected exhibitions and developed guerrilla style urban interventions all the way to fine art experiences and theme parks. Beginning of April the Pictoplasma Festival and all its characters will invade Berlin again. For more information on events (e.g. Character Walk), lectures (e.g. Nick Cave and Mark Jenkins) and exhibitions (e.g. Ramond Lemstra) check their website.