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reliant only upon its visual strengths and powers of communication.30. loveable kitsch or urban art. As consume-promoting branding or its subversive inversion. .character design Character design on billboards incites us to consume and as street art. to join the revolution. Hello Kitty or Obey Giant. 2004 Berlin. Characters are everywhere: They’re taking over the advertising. media. abstract and reduced to the essentials. internet and urban landscapes across the globe . if annoying companion to hours spent at the computer. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . has redefined the aesthetic standards of visual communication worldwide. Germany 2 . the contemporary character has gained full independence. art. . Free at last from the restraints of narrative or cultural context.character representation. Emiliy the Strange or Takashi Murakami’s DOB . It appears as well-intentioned animation on our mobile phone displays and is a constant.
and emotion rendered here surely rival older paint-based genres.. And the Pictoplasma site…well that is where the magic started. Sometimes. imagination. This is one of those times. Through the countless images collected in its archives. emotionally and regardless of cultural background. Hip. pictoplasma examines the vast array of possibilities characters offer as signs of an independent graphical language.000 hits per day.there is real dedication and passion here. Robert Sievert: “There is an attractive modernism to this volume. but the technique.pictoplasma history The pictoplasma project began in 1999 as an extensive inventory. 2004 Berlin. which deals with the visualisation of characters and figures. fresh and daring contemporary character art. My friend let me take a peak and I was hooked: hello kitty.” Artezine. collection and archive of contemporary character design. are the living proof that you can create a true global network. By playfully sampling and remixing visual codes.. publications and exhibitions. pictoplasma publications Pictoplasma 1 & 2.30. .pictoplasma. published by the Berlin based publishing house “Die Gestalten Verlag”.” www. hop. pictoplasma exhibitions Shows. and happening. designers and an interested audience. Germany 3 . With often as many as 70.” jackpotradio: “It all started for me with the Pictoplasma book: a symphony of pop culture graphic design. confronting the viewer head on. these characters evade established pictorial norms. chickpages: “Fabulous? Amazing? Nifty? Brilliant? Smashing? Ugh. it is proof to the overwhelming interest in stylish.” Idana: “. japanimation. underground flyers. mere words are so inadequate. and plenty of retro-modernity. which branches out into the palpable world of objects.” Yahoo! Picks: “Traditionalists may scoff. Both high quality compilations of cutting edge character visualisations... techniques and styles have become instant bestsellers and are referred to as the “new and old testament of contemporary character art”. deliver a first ever documentation of modern character design.com Pictoplasma’s online archives form the heart of an ever-growing community of artists. installations and exhibitions like this one at the ‘Future Is Now Galerie’ in New York. It is totally twenty first century in its cooled down cartoon imagery and presentation. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . the Pictoplasma book is a must have for all those serious in the art of our zeitgeist.
Berlin will stage the first-ever conference on contemporary character design and art Whether graphic design. the conference offers the opportunity for the pioneers.30th. From October 28th . the pictoplasma conference brings together an international scene of artists. With an extensive accompanying program of exhibitions. illustration. offering a unique forum for all those working with or interested in the visualization and application of character design. Germany 4 . but on the shared dedication to a characterdriven language. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 .pictoplasma conference So far pictoplasma has been mapping out the territory of character visualization through its archives and publications. animation.the emphasis is NOT on the limits of style or format. performances. provide insights into their production methods and engage in open discussion rounds. Now at last. film screenings. the pictoplasma conference offers you an inspirational overview of the very latest trends in character design and an ideal opportunity to explore the best of Berlin. newcomers and enthusiasts to go offline and meet in the flesh! For the very first time. designers and agencies.30. creators. More than 20 stylesetting yet stylistically diverse artists and designers will talk about the meaning of characters in their work. parties and VJ sessions. Lectures. panel discussions and workshops will provide in-depth examination of the global movement of contemporary character design. 2004 Berlin. street or fine art .
has secured them a key role in the creation of computer game characters.speakers Furi Furi. As the performance progresses. their ability to style japanimation characters with amazing precision and inner logic. A series of initial character designs will be progressively remixed. François Chalet. be it for Sega.com Australian design group Rinzen is perhaps best known for the collaborative approach of its five members and their RMX project. illustrators and artists. often abstract characters. resulting in a sequence of characters which morph. toy design and other media. Rinzen. Although he references a clear. the characters are carried along on a spontaneous narrative.ch In his graphic work Chalet creates an expanding universe of minimal. which takes the concept into the third dimension with an intensive character design remix involving character and toy designers. images are passed on from one player to the next and evolve and mutate as their individual elements are highlighted. which brings artists from around the world together in spontaneous collaboration. in merchandising.30.francoischalet. In his VJ performances.com Established in 1998. advertising. swinging") is a design team based in Tokyo that has expanded worldwide. Nintendo or Sony. chop and change. mixing techniques and styles. In a visual version of “Chinese whispers”. Well-respected right across the board. not only within pop culture. Ultimately. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . Their famous characters break through all language barriers and appeal to a broad audience. emotion and motivation. Rinzen will introduce their new project RMXtoy.furifuri. the remixed character designs will find new directions that no individual designer would chance upon. Australia Creating Collaboratively www. Switzerland Minimalism with soul www. Furi Furi covers every aspect of design from consulting and planning to media promotions. almost archaic formal language. discarded. his characters radiate charm and loveable emotion. Japan what a happy life & death www. Germany 5 . erased or re-used. François Chalet makes his growing family of characters dance in real-time to the music. 'Furi Furi Company' ("shaking. 2004 Berlin.rinzen. combining their unique Manga aesthetics with a generous helping of adult madness. all based on a very tight geometric framework.
France psychedelic simplicity with attitude www. and he has recently designed toys for Critterbox and Sony Japan.com Genevieve Gauckler has had a highly successful career with strong links to electro culture. DC and the Museum of Modern Art in Rome. technical and production staff. She’s also a member of the Pleix group. Studio aka has a talent base of thirty directors. developing her own style in art.uk As creative director of the London-based animation studio “Studio aka”. optimistic. artists.com Gary Baseman won three Emmy Awards and a BAFTA for his creation of Disney’s critically acclaimed television series Teacher’s Pet. she turned her attention to interactive design.garybaseman.co. 2004 Berlin.studioaka.Genevieve Gaukler. and continuously pushing the boundaries of commercial animation wherever possible. a collective of French graphic designers. she worked as an independent graphic designer.com start-up and worked with Me Company. On her return to France. Her world is amusing. happy. She started out designing album covers for F Communications. USA genius and stupidity smudged beyond recognition www. 3D artists and musicians. His paintings are part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. D&AD. lively. In 1999. before working on videos and animation with Kuntzel and Deygas. colorful shapes. He describes his own work as “where the line between genius and stupidity has been smudged beyond recognition.g2works. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . Philip Hunt. Truly the creative sum of its parts. and BTA awards alongside an Oscar nomination. Gary Baseman. joined the Boo. Genevieve Gauckler has a distinct taste for simple.” His diverse exposure includes illustration for everything from the New York Times and Reader’s Digest to the popular Cranium board game. UK Character animation www. which has just been turned into a feature film. illustration and character design. and has created exceptional and award-winning works in animation. Germany 6 . garnering both BAFTA. Philip Hunt was the driving force behind many of the most interesting and stylistically groundbreaking European animation campaigns.30. surprising and offbeat.
inspiration comes from experiences they had when they were young children. Derrick Hodgson / MadReal. the Tower of Babel and Sodom and Gomorrah. he uses repetition of his characters to illustrate ideas of technological advancement and its consequences. contorting it. Parodying it. For all of us that grew up in a world of cartoons and comic imagery …it seems only natural for us to explore the figure in this manner. James Marshall / DALEK. published by Berlin’s Die Gestalten Verlag.com. 2004 Berlin. these experiences were nothing short of traumatic.30..christianmontenegro. „For me. Canada Victims of the mass mania www. their distinctly contemporary feel gives them a stylish cutting-edge appeal. Aesthetically combining aspects of cartoon. Adam and Eve.speakers Christian Montenegro.com Derrick Hodson describes his style as a fusion of imagery absorbed while growing up on the family farm and living now in an urban setting. Germany 7 . We’re hoping his talk will give us a long-awaited glimpse of how he actually makes these fantastic creations. Argentina pop visuals meet the Genesis www. exaggerating it and looking beyond it.ar Alongside teaching Morphology at the Buenos Aires University for graphic design.dalekart. it is taking the figure and looking at it in all new ways.com For many artists. young and very up-coming artist Christian Montenegro has worked as a freelance illustrator for international publications and campaigns. including stories of creation. His paintings and drawings are depictions of monochrome “mass mania”. His new book. complex social spaces crowded with familiar and mutated characters.madreal. has literally redesigned the Bible. While Montenegro’s designs have more in common with the emotions of Expressionism and the texture of woodblock prints.“ 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . DALEK found time to become a respected graffiti artist and work extensively in the skateboard industry. graffiti and contemporary design to produce his own illustrative style.. USA transforming rapidly by drawing the same thing repeatedly www. For DALEK. Noah’s ark. Somewhere between head injuries and Space Monkeys. character design is the new figure study.
guerilla art and absurd campaigns. Originally the Friends With You characters ventured into the world as hand-sewn plush dolls that provide magic and mayhem for their owners.thelondonpolice. DOMA has created various concepts and characters which gradually evolved to come alive in the animations. consumption.spray and bucket paint. etc. Disney or Fox. as everything you ever dreamed of becomes reality! Welcome friends into your heart and home and start living better TODAY!” Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval combined forces in 2002 and have been slowly spreading their art around the globe ever since. control. hi. films and VJ performances which have become the group’s main focus today. The friends have magic powers never seen before. All this put together creates a huge information chaos and audiovisual pollution. and are improving lives one person at a time. By establishing an easily recognizable basic character with a bold. work with all these elements. The Netherlands Get up wherever and whenever possible www. a group of Argentine artists who started in the StreetArt scene in 1998.chances are that there is a TLP graffiti right next to your front door. motion pictures and more..tv Violence. They have been working together for over 4 years to bring their Street Art to cities all round the world. adding a dash of irony into the mix. The London Police has pushed Urban Art a huge step away from graffiti tagging towards logo-like communication and CI design. Germany 8 .friendswithyou. mega corporations. public surveillance.com “Welcome to Friends With You. public art installations.doma. The London Police. This artist group was created with one basic concept in mind and that is to become Friends With You.Situated in Buenos Aires and Miami. Share your wishes and desires with your new friends and watch. now they have expanded to modular wooden toys. They operate as a crew and employ an array of tools and media . Friends With You. posters. graphic line-quality and reduced palette. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . markers and stickers. they divide their time between art projects and commercial work for clients such as Latin MTV.DOMA Collective. As their work has progressed through urban installations.tech. DOMA. Argentina/USA Understanding the world as a big lab helps to detect the reaction to each action www. 2004 Berlin.. USA A new generation of stuffed animals – and the vanguard of a growing underground toy movement www. motion graphics. and they have been pretty successful . rollers. Holland. mass media.com The London Police is an artist collective based in Amsterdam.30.
the artists will host a very polite debate on whether it is possible to capture one’s personality in an image. Red Army Faction terrorist.30. medium and burnt toast – each piece a pixel in a crunchy. commissions and mish mash.”for everybody to love. Neasden Control Centre is a multi disciplined studio based in London UK. In their performance/installation To@ster.. delicious mosaic. UK interesting handwriting that’s great even when it sucks www.gobsquad.” And to spare him the torture of giving a one-hour talk.com Formed in 2000. his Kukluxklan. Germany 9 .presentations Boris Hoppek. we asked him to stage a “live overhead projector battle” against Neasden Control Centre. They work with and for individuals and companies worldwide on exhibitions. Large-scale images of famous/infamous people are rendered using hundreds of slices of rare. animation and graffiti. Ulrike Meinhof. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . I’ve been living in Barcelona for one year and I’m happy. Some of the people who have been immortalised in toast so far. I’m Boris.” Boris Hoppek doesn’t say much but this seems to be because he’s working all the time. which he recycles in a continual process of variation.. cannibals and Hitler figures are . Tea will be served.neasdencontrolcentre.) Gob Squad.de “Hello. on the occasion of her 100th birthday. bimbos. installations.. Neasden Control Centre.borishoppek. Spain & Germany Characters as therapy? www. (Nobody quite knows exactly what an overhead projector battle is yet. For the pictoplasma conference they will to@st a very special portrait… During the creation of the image. and artist Joseph Beuys. but we’re all convinced it’s something great. UK & Germany Pixel to@st and tea! www. as dolls. all the time and everywhere.com Gob Squad is a group of artists who have been working collectively with performance. are The Queen Mother. the digital age meets the low-tech sensibility of Gob Squad’s patented To@ster technology.. As de:bug writes. son of Horst and Heidi Hoppek. He creates characters and creatures. installation and media since 1994. 2004 Berlin.
30. James Marschall. cutest. ACNE. Francois Chalet.exhibition The accompanying design exhibition “characters at war!” will enable visitors to meet the elite of international character design literally eye-to-eye.. 2004 Berlin. ESM. From Astroboy to Dalek’s Space Monkey: Hundreds of all time favorites and shiny newcomers from the flat-faced world of comics. Jim Avignon and many. ShagArt. “Characters at war!” is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . Fawn Gehweiler. Phunk Studio.. many more. Mari-chan. Snowcat. and strangest characters stand tall as life-size cardboard stand-up soldiers arranged in a gigantic walkthrough battlefield installation! A classical war painting comes to life in a cut-throat competition of consumer icons and brutally violated copyrights! And behind the foot soldiers of this enormous anthropomorphic army are none other than the heroes of the international design scene: Buero Destruct. Germany 10 . graffiti and merchandising are pushing through to the third dimension! The loveliest. Furi Furi. unit9.
related products and other amazingly funky stuff. miles of thread.. A cozy consulting hour with your own private lawyer for copyright and media rights will provide detailed insight into the mechanics of merchandising. not only the fassade of the conference location’s glass pavilion will be missused to backproject a fusion of mooving urban art and animated graphic visuals. you’re damn right! Under the careing wing of the crème de la crème of cuddly plush toys you can finish off uncountable buttons. On the 3 conference days you’ll be able to choose between screening lounges. Pictoplasma design and animation screening program The international design and animation program is organized in cooperation with pictoplasma and offers an overview of international animations. billard sessions. logos and recognition values automatically grants basic copyrights to their creators. Germany 11 © Boris Hoppek © MDRL © Studio Soi © Love Ablan • If you think you’re well looked after. Partys and VJ presentations As soon as dawn sets in. live performances and VJ presentations. stylish.. 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . © Doma Coll. the current situation of license dealing and explain the international copyright regulations.and more. partys. several borrowed sowing machines and a lot of professional expertise to turn a pillow into a friend! © . short films and motion graphics.30. cool and surprising character design re-enters the world of animation!!! PictoGadgets The event location will host a special conference shop offering a fine selection of design publications. focussing on stylish and fresh character-driven visuals and narratives. Witness as daring. 2004 Berlin. pictoplasma workshops • The creation of characters.
Cafe Moskau Kino International Zentralbuero 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 . it is now enjoying a stylish comeback as a magnet for Berlin’s club and party scene.30.is still clinging to its reputation as Europe’s most happening city for art and culture.even back in the GDR days. the Karl Marx Allee is Europe’s Cold War boulevard and an impressive example of monumental Stalinist architecture. lounging and parties that make up the pictoplasma conference. workshops. film screenings. The Cafe Moskau is just across the street. Starting right at Berlin’s central focus point. panel discussions. Located directly at Alexanderplatz are the endless bookshelves of what used to be the biggest bookshop of East Germany.location Berlin . it was the official East German showpiece movie-theater. Germany 12 . Today the Zentralbuero uses the empty sales rooms as a project space and exhibition show room. The Kino International combines the spartan charms of Bauhaus design with a flourish of classy socialist decor . 2004 Berlin.despite the never-ending economic recession . exhibitions. A former gentlemen’s club for Russian generals. This architectural “Moderneast” ensemble is a perfect host for all the lectures.
: + 49 (0)30 247 216 48 + 49 (0)30 280 998 76 > conference@pictoplasma. supporting or sponsoring the event please contact: conference Peter Thaler & Lars Denicke Torstrasse 102 10119 Berlin .de Graphics by jutojo The pictoplasma conference 2004 is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds 1st pictoplasmaconference on contemporary character design & art October 28 .pictoplasma.com > http://www. Germany 13 .com Press inquiries please contact Guido Möbius: > firstname.lastname@example.org General inquiries on the pictoplasma project: > email@example.com US Press inquiries please contact Love Ablan: > firstname.lastname@example.org If you are interested in featuring.Germany phone.30.: fax.com Credits: Curation and organization by pictoplasma Production support by Club Transmediale Exhibition coordination by Laura Schleussner Animation screening curated by Anna Henckel-Donnersmark Translations by Lucy Powell Website by x-new-media. 2004 Berlin.com & Klitsche.
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