A few things to keep in mind this week:
Re:publica is a juggernaut; one of the largest conferences about digital culture in the world. Seriously - everyone from hacktivists to Garry Kasparov will be there. This year's Love Out Loud iteration, at the STATION Berlin in Kreuzberg, runs through May 10th.
May 10th through 14th is Pictoplasma; an art festival exploring the theme of character across media from toy development to film. American animator Kirsten Lepore, who made the viral Hey Stranger video, will give a talk on Saturday, May 13th.
The latest large-scale exhibit at the Kulturforum is a multi-millienial take on Alchemy. Modern art dealing with the magic of materials is on display (Hello, Joseph Beuys) alongside ancient scrolls and gems.