B3 Biennale of the Moving Image.
Frankfurt am Main
29 November – 20 December 2017
Since 2013, the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image has been engaged in a discourse on contemporary trends in film and media art. This year's theme is “On Desire. Über das Begehren”.
A moving image has the potential to create desire. It doesn’t matter if the images are fictional or realistic; they confront the viewer with new possibilities. In an age of mass media it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between what we experience in reality and what we fictively experience through moving images and this requires some meaningful reflection. However, the moving image can itself be used as a medium of reflection on this situation and for stylistic expressions. It is this context that the Biennale explores at this year's event.
The Biennale is organised by the HfG Offenbach, which invites important representatives from the fields of art, film, games, web, virtual reality and augmented reality as well as robotics to enter into an open dialogue. The event is divided into individual sections: the B3 Parcours, which will include theme-specific events in the museums and galleries of B3’s partners, the B3 Campus / Market, which aims to provide a platform for exchange between media and students, and the B3 Festival headquarters, located in a space of 5,000 square metres from 29 November to 3 December 2017, with the main exhibition, a conference and a VR and Dome cinema. A thematic cinema programme will be shown in the Cinema. The main issues that the conference will look at include the relationship between humans and robots, desire in the Internet, utopia and irony and the Internet as a wish machine.
One of the keynote speakers is Liam Young, a theoretical architect who deals with utopia and futurology and co-founded the think tank Tomorrow's Thoughts Today.
In addition to the accompanying cinema programme, there will also be film screenings in a VR and dome cinema. While VR makes it difficult to interact with other viewers, 360-degree productions will be projected onto a dome in the Dome Cinema. The eight international films were made for this dome format and make the most of its extremes.
This is how the festival wants to reflect on how new techniques influence our perception of reality and how moving pictures shape our wishful thinking.