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The explosion of character design at the beginning of the millennium changed visual culture distinctively. These graphically pared down and bright-eyed pictograms spread like wildfire across digital media, advertising, fashion and art. They playfully sample and remix the visual codes of pop, folklore, brand logos and comics, but resist being restricted to any one genre. By engaging the viewer on a direct emotional level they are able to bypass language and cultural barriers - but can abstract designs really be the answer to our Utopian dreams of global visual communication?

In spring 2009, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt will host the PICTOPIA festival , the world's first ever large-scale presentation and celebration of the phenomenon.

www.pictoplasma.com

In March and April, this multidisciplinary event location will be transformed into a character biotope and a meeting point for an international scene of designers, artists, producers and an interested public.

A project of Pictoplasma in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

Parallel to the exhibition
The Young People’s Lounge is an ideal place to chill, to produce short animated films, to surf and chat. The open studio is a space for your own creations: design a magazine! Exchange drawings with others! Every Sunday from 29.3. - 3.5 artists reveal their gimmicks and tricks to young visitors.


Hausradio Workshops
Hausradio invites you to actively participate in live shows and Podcasts developed in workshops during the festival. This year, through a cooperation with the Open Channel Berlin (OKB), ten Hausradio Workshops programs will be broadcast live on selected Sunday afternoons.  The workshops are produced by Next in the Glass Studio at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in cooperation with Klubradio Ltd.

For further information or if you would like to participate call Next at Berlin 39787180, or email next@hkw.de.

HAUSRADIO WORKSHOP

Parallel zum Eröffnungswochenende von Pictopia findet ein Workshop des Hausradios, produziert von Next und dem Klubradio ltd.,  statt. Interessierte sind herzlich eingeladen, sich daran zu beiteiligen. Die im Workshop vorbereitete Sendung wird am 22.März um 18 Uhr live im Offenen Kanal Berlin auf UKW 97,2 und als Livestream auf myspace.com/hausradio übertragen.

Für weitere Infos und um euch anzumelden, kontaktiert bitte Next unter Berlin 39787180 oder next@hkw.de


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