16 April 2018


Conference and Festival


2 – 6 May 2018



Since 1999, Pictoplasma has been a network for artists working on contemporary and figurative forms of expression. The eponymous event will be held for a 14th time this year, including a comprehensive programme on future forms of visual culture. In addition to the conference from 3 to 5 May, the festival will offer exhibitions, performances, and shows throughout the city.


At the conference, 21 international speakers from the fields of design and production will discuss strategies and the potentials of pictorial representation. Among this year’s artists are Victor Castillo from Chile and Sophia Jansson, the niece of the Finnish illustrator and inventor of the Moomins, Tove Jansson. As the author’s niece, Sophia Jansson is responsible for the rights and licenses of the original drawings at Moomin Characters Ltd. Edel Rodriguez, a politically engaged artist known for his regular collaborations with the New York Times, will also be attending.

New trends in character design, animation, and art are also part of the festival and range from viral Internet phenomena to work on strong and artistic characters. For example, designers and artists create abstract portraits, playfully rotate heads, make illusory grimaces and masks, and push the limits of what is human-like.

The Pictoplasma “Character Walk Exhibitions” with over 100 artists will be distributed over 17 locations in the centre of Berlin. You will be able to see surrealistic paintings from Mexico, children’s illustrations from Finland, virtual worlds from Brazil, and many more abstract and material art characters. The Online Exhibition Ticket provides a good overview in advance.

Tickets for the five-day event Pictoplasma cost 290 euros.



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