Pictoplasma is the World’s leading festival of contemporary character design. Taking place twice a year in Berlin and New York Pictoplasma is stands for an immersive weekend of artist talks, screenings, exhibitions and loads of character. From November 3 to November 6 Pictoplasma hits NYC. Over the next couple of weeks we will introduce you to the speakers, their quirky characters, and will let you know which exhibition you just cannot miss.
The Berlin based Pictoplasma project is acclaimed for its unique focus on contemporary character design and art. Their timeless publications showcase the work of a global scene of illustrators, graphic designers and animation filmmakers. The annual festivals in Berlin and NYC have evolved to be the meeting points for an international audience. Whether illustration, animation, graphic design, fashion, street or fine art – the emphasis is not on the limits of style or format, but on the shared dedication to explore character-driven aesthetics.
In its third US edition, the Pictoplasma Conference originating from Berlin returns to New York and presents a marathon of over twelve inspiring lectures, talks and panel discussions by some of the most outstanding artists and designers pushing the edge of contemporary character visualization. Among the presenting artists are artist, author and product designer Jeremyville (AUS); internationally acclaimed graphic designer Geneviève Gauckler (FR); West Coast pop surrealist Tim Biskup (USA); monster-mash-up specialist Joshua Ben Longo (USA); creator of the social robot and pop-icon ‘Keepon’ BeatBots (US/JP); fine artist Allyson Mellberg Taylor (US); illustrator and doodle-master Jon Burgerman (UK); urban artist of uncanny street interventions Mark Jenkins (US); upcoming uber-talent Raymond Lemstra (NL) and animation wunderkind Joel Trussell (USA).
Set as the perfect prelude to New York’s Illustration Week, the conference invites a diverse audience of graphic designers, illustrators, animation filmmakers and producers, fine and urban artists and character connoisseurs to gather under one roof and discourse freely about the world of character-related art and design. The presentations are accompanied by feature-length ‘Characters in Motion’ screenings, showcasing a selected mix of new character-driven animation, motion graphics, music videos and shorts.
Accompanying the Pictoplasma Conference, a line-up of numerous exhibitions and other events spread throughout the city will open up to the general public. This Character Walk will start a day prior to the conference on November 3 and continues until Sunday, November 6. Partnering galleries, concept stores and project spaces include Bold Hype Gallery, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, TTUnterground, Lit Lounge, Cappellini NYC, Gallery hanahou, myplasticheart, Jeremyville Salon, AC Gears, White Rabbit Bar, Big Screen Plaza, Mondo Cane, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Cotton Candy Machine, Factory Fresh and the studio of SupaKitch and Koralie.
The Character Walk showcases paintings, drawings, limited prints and art installations by many of the 2011 conference speakers, such as Joshua Ben Longo, Geneviève Gauckler, Jeremyville, Raymond Lemstra or Jon Burgerman, plus additional exhibitions by artists such as AJ Fosik, Aaron Stewart, Anna Hrachovec, Andy Rementer, or Sonni.
Conference: November 4+5
Hosted by Parsons The New School for Design
Tishman Auditorium, 66 W 12 St, 10011 New York
The Character Walk: November 3-6
Exhibitions at 17 artspaces throughout NYC
For more info visit Pictoplasma.com