The Berlin based Pictoplasma project is acclaimed for its unique focus on contemporary character design and figurative art. The annual festivals in Berlin and NYC have evolved to be the meeting points for an international audience of illustrators, designers, filmmakers and fine and urban artists. Now, the world’s leading festival of contemporary character culture celebrates its premiere in Paris, with the theme “Post Digital Monsters”, and a comprehensive program of installations, exhibition, artist conferences, performances and screenings… Why “Post Digital”? In reference to the fact that character design came to the fore with the rise of digital culture at the beginning of the noughties. The Internet and new technologies have revolutionised image re-interpretation and exchange. “Monsters?” Because the digital era has broken new ground in terms of virtual reality. Now the new territories just have to be peopled with attractive characters! These new icons make us feel we’re being watched by unknown entities from a parallel universe. Okay, so they’re cute, but aren’t they just a little too cute?…
Wed 7-Sat 31 Dec. 2-8pm. Closed Mon.
Gaîté Lyrique, 3 bis rue Papin, 3rd. http://paris.pictoplasma.com/