THE WORLD’S LEADING CONFERENCE ON CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART FINALLY RETURNS TO NYC WITH AN IMMERSIVE WEEKEND OF ARTIST TALKS, SCREENINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND LOADS OF CHARACTER!
February 8-9, 2013
Hosted by Parsons The New School for Design
Tishman Auditorium, 66 W 12 St, 10011 New York
UP TO 250 PARSONS STUDENTS AND STAFF CAN SIGN UP FOR FREE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
WE WILL SEND YOU A REGISTRATION CODE AND TICKET PICK UP INFORMATION TO THE EMAIL PROVIDED.
THE RESERVATION SYSTEM WILL SHUT DOWN ONCE WE REACH CAPACITY.
In its 4th US edition, the Pictoplasma Conference originating from Berlin returns to New York to present a marathon of inspiring lectures, talks and panel discussions by some of the most outstanding artists, illustrators and designers pushing the edge of contemporary character visualization. The event offers the unique chance to learn from (and rub shoulders with) artists such as Gemma Correll, introducing her appealing zoo of doodled cats and hand drawn pugs (not drugs!); Mark Gmehling, indisputable master of contortionist 3D illustration and oversized murals; Julia Pott, responsible for some of the most beautiful illustration and animation depicting self-consciousness and awkward social constellations; Ryan Quincy, former Animation Director of South Park and father to a vast, hairy family of ever expanding critters; Andy Rementer, illustrator extraordinaire famed for his dead-pan humor and dude-style 70s comic imagery; craft artist Anna Hrachovec, who takes knitting to a place where no needle has gone before; Adrian Sonni, Argentinean creator of colorful cuteness with a dark twist; Jason Freeny, whose anatomical exploration of character toys uses reverse forensics to bring life to our childhood friends through eye popping illustrations and meticulously crafted sculptures.; David OReilly, whizz-kid animation director, uber-talent film maker and FREE FACTS twitter phenomena; and graphic artist Buff Monster, with an infinite output of his pink characters as paintings, graffiti or sculptures. Saturday morning Parsons students and alumni take the stage to present their work in a Pecha Kucha session hosted by Steven Guarnaccia, who will also moderate a panel with Taylor McKimens, Marc Rosenthal and Olimpia Zagnoli in the afternoon.
The Pictoplasma Conference invites a diverse audience of graphic designers, illustrators, animation filmmakers and producers, fine and urban artists and character connoisseurs of all shades to gather under one roof and dive deep into the world of character-related art and design. The presentations, panels and artist talks are accompanied by feature-length ‘Characters in Motion’ screenings, showcasing a selected mix of new and outstanding character-driven animation, motion graphics, music videos and shorts.
The event’s unique mix delivers tons of inspiration, while the lively exchange between the various disciplines highlights the importance of contemporary characters in today’s global visual understanding.
Conference takes place at Tishman Auditorium, lobby of 66 West 12th Street
Schedule of Speakers and Events:
Friday, February 8:
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Doors open, attendee registration
4:00-6:00 p.m.- Welcome address, lectures by Buff Monster, Mark Gmehling
7:00-9:00 p.m.- Lectures by Anna Hrachovec, Adrian Sonni, Jason Freeny
9:30-11:00 p.m.- Screening – Characters in Motion 1
Saturday, February 9:
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Doors open, attendee registration
12:00-1:00 p.m.- Pecha Kucha / Parsons’ Pitch
1:00-3:00 p.m.- Lectures by David OReilly and Gemma Correll
4:00-5:00 p.m.- Lecture by Andy Rementer
5:00-6:00 p.m.- Panel with Steven Guarnaccia, Taylor McKimens, Marc Rosenthal and Olimpia Zagnoli
7:00-9:00 p.m.- Lectures by Ryan Quincy and Julia Pott
9:30-11:00 p.m.- Screening Characters in Motion 2