Curators Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler welcome attendees to Pictoplasma 08. All images courtesy of Pictoplasma, unless otherwise noted.
“Characters want you! The floodgates opened and our visual culture was set upon by a mass of abstract characters, grinning, blinking and snarling in their inimitable pared-down graphical way. In what has become a truly global movement they have invaded digital media, animation, advertising, design, fashion, street and fine art, mashing up and guzzling their way through a diet of pop culture, tribal art, folklore, logos and cartoons. They are the true embodiment of the utopian promise of global communication. They speak in emotions that bypass language and cultural boundaries.”
- Pictoplasma NYC catalogue’s opening paragraph written by creators and curators Peter Thaler and Lars Denicke, and co-curator and moderator Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck