Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Pictoplasma NYC Festival

Pictoplasma is a weekend conference at, Parsons The New School For Design in NYC. The festival takes place November 4 to 5 just before New York’s Illustration Week. The conference invites designers, illustrators, filmmakers and producers, fine and urban artists and character connoisseurs to gather under one roof and discourse freely about the world of character-driven art and design.

The lectures and panel discussions cover a wide range of media and disciplines, such as illustration, graphic design, game design, fashion, art and robotics. In addition to the conference, there will be four days of events, screenings, and installations.

Get the full details on the Pictoplasma site.

This years line up:

Geneviève Gauckler
A French artist, illustrator and art director who is best known for her ever-evolving procession of lovable characters and Technicolor digital mashes.

Their popular robot Keepon was built to engage in nonverbal interaction with children, particularly those with autism.

Ben & Julia 
They create exceptionally Mixed Media work through water colour and drawings, puppetry, 2D and 3D animation and live action.

Mark Jenkins
An American artist most widely known for the street installations he creates using box sealing tape.

Raymond Lemstra
Toured as part of the multimedia theatre collective PIPS:lab and worked for MTV Networks as a designer.

Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Her drawings are intimate, reminiscent of things seen in an artist’s most personal journal/diary. Gentle figures find a stage on the page to breathe, to interact with others.

Jon Burgerman
Burgerman has pushed the character obsession of the late 90s into a new direction, with his monster-like characters layered into compositions where cartoon-like forms are crammed on top of each other until they create a screaming mass of energy.

Siggi Eggertsson
Illustrator, graphic designer and typographer Siggi Eggertsson from Iceland has made a name for himself through his distinct use of abstract colours, playful lines and minimal geometric shapes.

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