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Call for Entries

Past Call for Emotional reaction GIFs

The current state of online communication leaves little room for any reasonable dialogue or exchange of ideas. More often than not, everyone immediately switches to ALL-CAPS, Whataboutism turns into a trolling avalanche of opinionated Internet acronyms, and the absence of empathy stands in direct relation to the lack of any sort of nonverbal cues such as intonation, attitude, rhythm or gesture, all of which we have successfully used to communicate offline for many millennia.

Express your universal Feels—as animated reaction GIFs

Maybe it's time to end the overheated conversation on our endless social media feeds in style, with an emotional, poignant, visual statement that perfectly sums it all up and leaves nothing more to say? What makes things a lot easier, is that there are basically only 8 primary emotional responses to choose from, one of which will definitely always do the job—at least according to Robert Plutchik's psychoevolutionary theory of emotion and his classification of their universal expressions: anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust, or joy.

Robert Plutchik's wheel of emotions

As a proof of concept, Pictoplasma asked you to:

✔️ Pick one of Plutchik's basic Emotions...

✔️ ... and animate it as a reaction GIF, showing your character REACTING according to the chosen emotion (for example, your character should not simply be angry, but REACT angry)

✔️ GIFs should have a square ratio 1:1 (with min. 800 x 800 pixels)

✔️ Upload to Pictofolio, add the tag #CharacterReactionGIFs and let us know the primary emotion you've chosen in the about section.

✔️ Deadline for submissions was March 15, 2019

From all submitted entries a jury will make a selection of approx. 16 works to be exhibited as a media installation at the upcoming Pictoplasma Berlin Festival 2019. Additionally, 3 winners will be announced, to receive a free Pictoplasma Berlin festival and conference pass, granting full access to all lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, presentations and parties.

Show us your FEELS!

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