Looking back

Already with its first editions the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image established itself as a forum for creativity, intercultural exchange and art policy debate. An event with huge international appeal B3 has inspired around 450,000 people from Germany and abroad since 2012. Hessen, the city of Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region have in B3 gained an international, innovative and forward-looking event, which ensures great media attention, attracts high creative potential and is a recognised forum for training emerging talent.

B3 2015 – Expanded Senses

From Oct. 7-11, 2015 B3 was host to 270 regional, national and international artists and persons in media from 22 countries involved in art, film, TV, games, Web, design and science. At 22 locations exhibitions, screenings, performances, master classes and discussions they intensively addressed new TV and film projects and spectacular video- and media art. The five-day program boasted numerous international stars from the world of art and media such as Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Mike Reiss, Dean O`Gorman, William Kentridge, Anton Corbijn, Federico Solmi, John Gerrard, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Yves Netzhammer, to name just a few. With its diverse events the second edition of Germany’s most important creative festival inspired around 170,000 visitors inside and outside Germany.

B3 Autmn School 2014

The B3 Autumn School in Frankfurt successfully celebrated its premiere with around 2,000 participants. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 4, 2014 young creative talents from Germany and Europe were invited to become acquainted with the latest trends, technologies and developments in the fields of film, TV, Web, design, games, art and sound in an up close and practice-oriented way. Some 40 regional, national and international media experts and artists passed on their know-how to pupils, teachers, students and young professionals in 35 workshops. A central highlight was the B3 Think Tank, which took place parallel to the B3 Autumn School 2014. It brought together 60 international media and art experts from five countries to jointly and programmatically discuss and prepare the upcoming B3 Biennial editions. The first think tank in 2014 included the well-known Irish artist John Gerrard, the pioneers of video art Steina and Woody Vasulka, not to mention American artist Lucy Raven.

B3 2013 – Expanded Narration

From Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2013 the premiere of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image united 200 artists, filmmakers, designers, Internet specialists, games developers and scientists at 25 locations in the Rhine-Main region to discuss the future of narration in the digital age. The debut attracted 25,000 visitors from 12 countries. B3 welcomed numerous international guests such as Laurie Anderson, Robert Wilson, Ziad Doueiri, Rhianna Pratchett, Dick Hebdige, Veena Sud and Don Daglow to name just a few.

B3 2012 – Kick-off in the Naxoshalle

Hessen’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Eva Kühne-Hormann and Prof. Bernd Kracke acting on behalf of the organizer Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG) presented the new event format B3 Biennial of the Moving Image to the public in Frankfurt’s Naxos-Halle. Keynote speeches were held by Diedrich Diederichsen (cultural studies specialist and journalist/Academy of Arts, Vienna), Alain Bieber (founder rebel: art/Project Director ARTE Creative; Straßburg) and Joe Davis (artist and researcher Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA). In the accompanying program some 30 players from film, TV, games, design and advertising, but also art, culture, industry and science presented and discussed networking options, research results, positions and perspectives. The aim: to establish the B3 Biennial as an innovative, lasting and sustainable platform for an interdisciplinary and cross-media alliance of the moving image.