Giant hairy Yetis and cute virtual monsters.
We went to check out the opening ofÂ Pictoplasma, Post-digital monsters
at theÂ Gaite Lyrique.
The arts venueÂ has invitedÂ Pictoplasma
, the Berlin festival, to fill its exhibition spaces with all kinds of monsters: the cute and friendly kind and also the hairy kind with lots of teeth.
A collection of digital monstersÂ on the walls is followed by an exploration of “post-digital’ creations, using designs inspired by virtual characters, born of the internet generation. Here the monsters are pretty surprising – they’re made of all kinds of stuff that you just want to touch, like knitted wool, or polished wood, and there’s even a totally trippy animated plasticine video piece.
Then comes the Yeti, a pre-digital monster we’ve all heard of, which here is the “missing link”… but what does a Yeti look like? Hundreds of artists (and visitors / scribbling kids) offer suggestions. With a full on 360Â° video and sound installation, the exhibition takes us into the Yeti’s lair…
After all that it was time for a post-digital drink at the bar.
Pictoplasma, Post-digital monsters
7th – 31st December 2011
Text & Photos: Camilla Garton