Fair premiere at a fair premiere: In October B3 had its debut at the Arts+, the new international platform of Frankfurt Book Fair for new business models in the cultural and creative industries.’
Kick-off press conference on 3 July: Hessen’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts Boris Rhein and B3 Artistic Director Prof. Bernd Kracke presented initial topics of B3 2017, including greater cooperation with Beijing and Shanghai and the focal topic of VR+AR; in addition, the Danish “first-person reality” production Doghouse was shown.
In September during Beijing Design Week in Beijing Hessen’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Boris Rhein, opened the joint exhibition of B3 and the Beijing Media Art Biennale 2016 (BMAB), and the B3 + Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai. Other items on the agenda included a visit to the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), the “Hessen Film Night” and talks about the further international orientation of B3.
From 7 to 11 October, 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. The second edition of Germany’s most important creative festival inspired around 170,000 visitors with its diverse events inside and outside Germany.
In the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt B3 presented a special show on the B3 key topic “Expanded Senses. Kunst. Körper. Kommunikation” featuring works by 17 international artists from ten nations including Gary Hill (USA), Federico Solmi (USA), William Kentridge (RSA), Clare Langan (IRL), Lynn Hershman Leeson (USA), Brian Eno (GB), John Gerrard (IRL) and Yves Netzhammer (CH).
New partner for B3: From 27 May to 30 June, 2015 the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing (CAFA) presented 60 modern Chinese artists in an interdisciplinary and cross-media exhibition entitled “B3+Beijing. Moving in Time” in the CAFA Museum.
Premiere: Frankfurt Book Fair became a B3 partner. In the framework of two “tea- time talks” Joachim Unseld, head of Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, talked to Israeli interaction designer Eyal Fried, while Uwe B. Carstensen from S. Fischer Verlag talked to film producer Sean Wheelan (Filmgate).
Frankfurt’s main station became a B3 venue for the first time. Video and installation artist Federico Solmi from Italy enchanted the audience with a potpourri of images from games, pop culture and the Internet. At the “Virtual Reality Meeting Point” visitors could don VR spectacles and immerse themselves in completely new realities. In a world premiere, to mark the 25th anniversary of German reunification video artist Rotraut Pape showed her long-term project “The Wall – the Vertical Horizon”.
On 11 October, 2015 British musician and multimedia artist Brian Eno received the B3 BEN Honorary Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The internationally-renowned photographer Anton Corbijn read the eulogy.
New Festival focal topic: Both the wide-ranging exhibition by the German Film Museum, Frankfurt, “Films and Games. Interactions” (1 July, 2015 to 31 January, 2016), but also the accompanying conference program devoted themselves to the dynamic relations between films and video games.
Centerpieces of the B3 biennial 2015 are the media art special exhibitions. In the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt the Biennial presented a special show on the key topic “Expanded Senses. Kunst Körper Kommunikation” featuring works by international artists from ten nations. The B3 special show on the topic “Immersions” in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt displayed outstanding virtual reality art projects.
The B3 Autumn School in Frankfurt successfully celebrated its premiere with around 2,000 participants. From 29 September to 4 October, 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.
As part of the B3 Autumn School the B3 Think Tank was created. Some 60 international pioneers from six nations discussed current topics from art, media and science, and provided new impetus for the future development of B3.
For the official opening of the B3 Autumn School New York media artist Lucy Raven is showing her first solo exhibition in Europe in the Portikus. For the film “Curtain”, produced exclusively for this exhibition, Raven transformed the Portikus into a cinema in 1850.
30 October marked the start of the first B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. Under the key topic “Expanded Narration. Das neue Erzählen” 200 artists, filmmakers, designers, Internet specialists, game developers and scientists assembled to discuss the opportunities and perspectives of the moving image. The debut attracted 25,000 visitors from 12 nations.
On 3 November sound artist Laurie Anderson received the first BEN Honorary Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and gave an exclusive special concert on the occasion. The main prizes went to Irish photographer and video artist Richard Mosse, South African artist Candice Breitz and the directors the Riahi Brothers.
Hessen’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts Eva Kühne-Hormann and Prof. Bernd Kracke, on behalf of the organizer of Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG), presented to the public the new event format B3 Biennial of the Moving Image. Some 30 players from the fields of art, culture, industry and science presented and discussed networking options, research results, positions and perspectives. Their express goal: the B3 Biennial should establish an innovative, long-term platform for an interdisciplinary and cross-media alliance of the moving image.