Pictoplasma 2015 (Berlin, Germany)


The world’s leading and largest Conference and Festival of contemporary character culture returns, with a dense program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation screenings, workshops, installations, selected character walk exhibitions and group shows, performances and of course, loads of character!

NODE15 | Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body (Frankfurt, Germany)

We bring together practitioners, researchers, educators and artists from around the world who are engaged in disciplines such as Software Development, Media Arts, Generative Design & Data Visualisation, Graphics, Computational and Interaction Design.

With the leitmotif ‘Wrapped in Code – the future of the informed body’, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology.

Innovative technological concepts such as Ambient Intelligence, Wearables and The Internet of Things are no longer a futuristic vision. The human body is gradually becoming exposed to processes of evaluation and optimization. Consider the grandmother with a pacemaker a new cyborg. The range of such intimate human-machine relationships is mind-boggling. Our goal is to step back and ask ourselves: What direction are we as human beings heading? What impact will this have on society? How can we apply this knowledge in our art works?

You’ll be injected with ideas and knowledge on the creative use of software and hardware along with vvvv workshops where you can learn how to combine it all, for beginners and experts alike.

NODE15 Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt, Germany)

From April 27th – May 3rd 2015 we are gathering creative coders and digital artists for the 4th edition of the biennial festival NODE Forum for Digital Arts. As a platform for the creative exploration of technologies, NODE15 is devoted to the negotiation of the body and its fusion with technology. NODE15 will present artistic, scientific and design perspectives on questions of embodiment in the digital sphere.

NODE15 is dedicated to the negotiation of the human body throughout current technological developments and how this is being expressed in our present projects; utopias; and fictions. We will reflect on processes of embodiment; the integral role of the body in perception and interaction; as location of implicit knowledge; and as a tool we constantly try to extend and optimize.

Hamster Hipster Handy. Under the Spellbound of the Mobile Phone (Frankfurt, Germany)

Many people can no longer imagine everyday life without a mobile phone, or “Handy”, as it is fondly called in the German-speaking world. Its functions meanwhile far exceed making and receiving phone calls: the “cell” is a camera, fashion accessory, computer, flashlight, video screen and much more. As complex as it is contradictory, it forms the core of a whole universe of objects. It shapes our communication, influences our consumer behaviour, reveals our preferences, and brings in its wake entire complexes of things that wouldn’t exist without the mobile telephone. Citing examples from the worlds of design and the media, film and contemporary art, the exhibition will focus on these aspects and show the cell phone as an object that – convenient and harmful, bonding and polarizing – contributes to shaping our cultural self-conception.

KINO DER KUNST 2015 (Munich, Germany)

From April 22 to 26, 2015 Munich will host the second edition of KINO DER KUNST, a unique event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative fictitious forms. KINO DER KUNST is designed to be an exhibition and a film festival in one, creating a showcase for today’s trends in art and an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public. In 2015, it focuses on the subject ‘Science & Fiction’ and explores the latest techniques of narration in films by visual artists, thereby demonstrating how much technological inventions and concepts of contemporary art dominate the commercial media industry.

3D Printshow (Berlin, Germany)

Cutting-edge 3D printing showcase and conference.

3D Printshow Berlin features will include:

Art Gallery
Knowledge Bar
Business Hub
Lab (Your chance to get hands-on experience)
Classroom (Schools & Education section)

Videonale.15 Festival for Contemporary Video Art (Bonn, Germany)

Videonale, founded in Bonn in 1984, is the international platform for video art and time-based art forms. With VIDEONALE.15 (27/2 – 19/4/2015), the Festival for Contemporary Art will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In addition to presenting established international artists like Dara Birnbaum, Keren Cytter, Gary Hill, Christian Jankowski, Marcel Odenbach and Bill Viola, Videonale particularly focuses on the promotion of aspiring young artists. Initially at home in the Bonn Kunstverein, Videonale has been using the splendid rooms of the Bonn Kunstmuseum since 2005. A comprehensive festival programme offers an extensive insight into current artistic practice, but also into current discussions of video art and developments on the art market. Numerous events and exhibition projects will enliven both the Kunstmuseum and the City of Bonn during the festival.