Pictoplasma 2023 Berlin Conference

The Pictoplasma Conference 2023 extends the many participatory opportunities for its community and introduces a new Games and Media Lab.

Confirmed Conference Speaker Catarina Glam

This May, the Pictoplasma Festival returns to Berlin to present an all-new selection of trailblazing, trendsetting character design and art. Now in its 19th edition, the festival expands on giving its community opportunities to actively participate and introduces a brand new section, the Games and Media Lab in collaboration with A MAZE., Berlin’s International Games and Playful Media Festival.

The conference will once again provide a platform to 20+ international artists to talk about their visual processes in focused presentations. Further announced artists include Hel Covell (UK), Sandra Navarro / Lalalimona (ES), Moki (DE), YONK (NL), Sophie Jackson (CL) and more.

With its Character Lab, the conference is building on last year’s success and provides manifold opportunities for attendees to shape and participate in the programme with creative workshops, panel discussions and portfolio reviews, collective art activities, a bustling marketplace atmosphere and fast paced PechaKucha sessions.

The conference will also host four programmes of Character in Motion, screening seventy selected short films, with many of the film makers in attendance to discuss their work in Q&A sessions.

Confirmed Conference Speaker Ken Sausage
Confirmed Conference Speaker Harry Hambley

For the glorious finale, everyone’s welcome at the special Character Market on Sunday – when the conference’s artists and attendees trade all things character, from editions, prints and originals, sculptures, multiples and garments, zines, publications and games! The Character Market will open up the contemporary landscape of illustration and graphic arts to our Berlin audience.

The Pictoplasma Festival reaches out to the broader audience with two exhibitions in the central Mitte district, presenting works by some of the conference speakers. Further art installations at the main venue, Silent Green, will make this an attraction for everyone to attend. Here, the adjacent transmediale studio will present the special Games and Media Lab, a collaboration between A MAZE., Berlin’s International Games and Playful Media Festival, and Pictoplasma. An arcade will showcase recent playable projects and display information and material on how they stand out in terms of concept and character design.

All shows will be open daily from 12pm – 8pm.

Confirmed Conference Speaker Ricky Haggett

The full programme of the 19th Pictoplasma will take place at Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin. 3rd–7th May, daily from 10:00.

Participation in the three-day Pictoplasma Conference requires prior online registration, available for 320,- euros at conference.pictoplasma.com/registration. Student and group discounts are available.

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