|First off we want to wish you all a fulfilling and heavenly 2011!
As always you can rely on us to ensure that the new year brings along plenty of character goodness and inspiration, which is the second reason for this message in your inbox: There are a few important things that you should know about 2011 and especially the nearing 15th of January...
|LAST DAYS OF THE PICTOPLASMA FESTIVAL 2011 EARLY BIRD OFFER
As the next big Pictoplasma Festival is gradually appearing at the horizon, you should prepare yourself for the full treatment, including the Conference with more than 20 lectures and artist presentations by an eclectic mix of outstanding character designers.
Also part of the offering are workshops and panels, the Animation screenings - and the Character Walk, a series of more than 25 exhibitions, installations and group shows in selected galleries, project spaces and art institutions throughout the city centre. All of this plus great numerous live-performances, art-happenings and all-night parties will keep you more than busy from Wednesday noon, the 6th of April, 'til the early morning of Sunday the 10th.
|While we are still hiding a few surprises up our sleeves, half of the speakers line-up has been officially announced on our website, including the likes of JEREMYVILLE, famed for passionately spreading his unique style on any and every media, London based illustrator, musician and character maître MC BESS, video game wunderkind and Katamari Damacy creator KEITA TAKAHASHI, who has turned his back on the industry and is now designing real-world children playgrounds and RYAN QUINCY, Animation Director of South Park and father to a vast family of ever expanding critters.
There's still so much more to come, but be aware: our limited EARLY BIRD REDUCTION offer, saving you more than 25% and allowing full entry to all of the colorful festival events is coming to an end on the above mentioned 15th of January. So, now would be a good time to treat yourself to a well deserved character celebration.
|YOUR CHARACTERS ON THE BIG SCREEN AND IN THEIR OWN EXHIBITION SPACE
The 15th of January 2011 also happens to be the deadline for two soon to expire calls for entries: There are only a few more days left for you to send in your character exhibition proposals to be considered for the Pictoplasma Residency 2011, thereby placing your art in the centre of the Festival's Character Walk. And should your Characters in Motion populate the festival's big screen, the same date at the end of this week marks the deadline for your entries to reach us - or at least leave your local post office.
|NEW CALL FOR ENTRIES: THE MISSING LINK RESEARCH PROJECT
Some of you might remember the Bunny Mandala. Back then our ambitious goal was to merge ALL of those never ending depictions of rabbits, hares and bunnies into one eternal system, thereby uncovering the true Essence of Rabbit.
Just a few years later those bunnies seem no longer en vogue - meanwhile we all have gradually moved on to favor a new, more mysterious, almost archetypical character: the Yeti? Suddenly he seems to be everywhere: white, hairy creatures, just feature-less enough to serve as the perfect empty screen, yet exactly the right amount of smile and hairiness, to make you want to get into physical cuddle-mode. We can't avoid being reminded of all those obscure Big Foot, Abominable Snowman and Chupacabra legends - one of the last mysterious entities without a clear depiction in our culture of visual overdose and instant google-search gratification.
Even though no one knows what Mr Yeti and co truly look like, by condensing all of those globally existent imaginary portraits down to their platonic ideal, we hope to get a better understanding of one of our time's last secret characters.
While heaven can wait, we can't - so see you all in Berlin this April!
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