Plastique Fantastique

© Marco Barotti, 2020


 iSphere is a Plastique Fantastique Project / Marco Canevacci and Yena Young, 2020

The Coronavirus is changing our relation to each other and affecting our perception of reality. This virus is very democratic: it spreads over the borders, has no preference for gender, social, cultural, or economic status. In this time of lockdown, we wonder about the mutation of our social life and the effects of the deprivation of physical touch. Starting from April 27th 2020, it is mandatory to cover mouth and nose in public transports in Berlin. The iSphere is an open-source project that everybody can produce, develop and improve. We taped 2 transparent hollow hemispheres together and cut a hole that fits our heads. The whole procedure took approx. 30 minutes and the costs for the material are around 20,- € (please refer to our tutorial). Additional gadgets can give a unique touch to any iSphere: it can have a sunshade, a mirrored layer, an integrated microphone, a speaker, a ventilator, or a snorkel. The iconic design is inspired by the science fiction comics of the 50s and the creations of the utopian movements of the 60s. The iSphere is a funny and serious object that stimulates how to approach this exceptional situation.

© Marco Barotti, 2020

© Marco Barotti, 2020

Fighting against COVID-19, doctors might be exposed to the infection when masks and protection suits are in shortage. The Mobile PPS is a pneumatic space where doctors can treat patients in transparent protective space. It has constant positive air pressure, which means, the air flows only toward outside of the space, not letting the virus coming inside. The clean air supply is guaranteed by a ventilator located outside or in an extra decontaminated space.
AIR LOCK area keeps the air pressure and prepares doctors with disinfection procedures.


Material: White TPU

In the CARE UNIT, doctors can treat the patients according to their health condition.

-Including the medical machines inside the PPS

-Attaching arm gloves on the surface of the PPS

-Simply checking the appearance of the patients and talking with them.

-Doctor's office

-Test zone

CARE UNIT has size of 4m by 8m and can be attached and detached with each other. Doctors are protected by transparent plastic layer and constant overpressure air flow.

Material: Transparent TPU

In the RELAX AREA , doctors can rest between shifts.

Material: White TPU

© Marco Barotti, 2020

© Marco Barotti, 2020

Plastique Fantastique is an art collective which samples the performative possibilities of urban environments. Established in Berlin in 1999, Plastique Fantastique is influenced by the unique circumstances that made the city a laboratory for temporary spaces and investigates alternative, adaptable, low energy spaces for temporary and ephemeral activities.
The transparent, lightweight and mobile installations relate to the notion of activating, creating and sharing public space and involving citizens in creative processes. They are in many ways the simplest of structures – a skin that separates but also connects, that breathes new life into the city and makes the invisible visible.

© Plastique Fantastique, 2020




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