NEWS: Pictoplasma in Isolation Pictoplasma in Isolation 18+19 September, 2020 International Conference and Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art Since 2004, Pictoplasma has been celebrating the best in contemporary character design and art at its annual conferences in Berlin and NYC. For the first time, and for obvious reasons, this year’s physical conferences had to be cancelled. No matter how devastating this year may be, Pictoplasma refuses to give up on 2020: This September 18th and 19th, the first ever digital Pictoplasma in Isolation is set to take place as a free 2-day livestream broadcast, awaiting all global character pioneers, creatives and enthusiasts with more than 40 inspiring artist talks, 77 hand-picked animation shorts, and a special symposium track featuring conversations and talks by academics, theorists, and activists on the new-normal iconic symbol of today: The Mask in Visual Culture. Special Focus: The Mask in Visual Culture This year’s edition of the festival puts a thematic emphasis on the mask and expands on Pictoplasma’s ongoing research into how characters relate to, invade, take over and warp the human body, reexamining one of our most ancient cultural artifacts in a new light. Among the artists featured are Damselfrau and threadstories, two of the most prolific artists currently working with masks. Two digital artists will reflect on how face filters function as a way to change our identities online: David OReilly and Ines alpha. Stream on 18+19 September for free via: pictoplasma.com For the full speaker line-up, program and free registration visit: conference.pictoplasma.com Stay in Character, Stay Strong!