Focus on the world: The first purely virtual edition of the B3 Biennial ended successfully on October 18, 2020. With its strong films, art, games, VR/XR and conference program, B3 reached 193,000 viewers from 43 countries. The overall B3 program in 2020 included around 100 contributions by artists and media professionals from 23 countries. The opening gala on 9 October 2020 with the B3 BEN Award and the Frankfurt Book Fair Film Awards Ceremony as well as the Extravaganza Virtuale “Hello Truths” were broadcast as an interactive live stream from the festival centre Astor Filmlounge Frankfurt. US-American actor Willem Dafoe received the 2020 B3 BEN Award in the category Most Influential Artist. The B3 BEN Award for Most Important Artist in the category Gesamtkunstwerk went to German artist Anne Imhof.
2019: Focus on REALITIES
In 2019, the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image took place for the first time in strategic cooperation with the cultural festival THE ARTS+ which is organized annually as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair.Around 147,000 visitors came to see the successful blend of creative media projects, groundbreaking digital art, an inspiring conference program and an international networking event of the creative industries. Artists and cultural players from all over the world presented more than 100 projects and institutions as well as artworks from the fields of video art, film, immersion, games, XR and AI. Crowd pullers included the B3 VR_PARK, the 250 sqm immersive stage and the exhibition area with digital innovations from the cultural sector.The heart of the B3 was the main exhibition focussing on REALITIES, where artists from Europe and overseas presented groundbreaking works from the fields of video art, virtual reality, feature film and short film. In the VR_PARK, 25 works, mostly world, European and German premieres, digitally challenged our understanding of reality. In the classic film program, 25 feature and short films, including numerous premieres, as well as selected TV series were evaluated by the audience and a jury. Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen from Britain was awarded the B3 BEN main prize in the category Most Influential Moving Image Artist.
2017: ON DESIRE.
The third edition of Europe’s most important creative festival dedicated to the moving image attracts around 43,000 visitors. From 29 November to 3 December 2017, the main theme of the discussions is ON DESIRE. About 250 artists and media professionals from 20 countries, active in the areas of art, film, games and VR, will present their positions and opinions on this theme.The five-day program features numerous premieres, making B3 once more a hotspot for contemporary media art. Core of B3 2017 is its main exhibition: video installations, short films and feature films, games, VR and AR projects by 70 artists exlore topics such as eroticism, loneliness, sexuality, home, flight, and identity. A total of 16 world, European and German premieres express the artistic significance of B3. A special highlight of B3 2017 is the world premiere of “The Great Farce” by Federico Solmi: across the facade of Schauspiel Frankfurt, a 110 meter video panorama is projected. The work is met with a strong response by international media and audiences. The B3 2017 was the last event to take place on the site of the former historic Deutsche Bank premises (Junghoffstrasse).
2015: Expanded Senses.
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). 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.
2014: B3 Autumn School
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.
2013: Expanded Narration
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.
2012: B3 Kick off
Hessen’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and the Arts Eva Kühne-Hörmann 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.