Tholos is the work of Plastique Fantastique presented on the occasion of the exhibition Pop Air in Milan in the spaces of Superstudio Più in 2022. The name recalls architecture of the past; in fact, in archaeology, the word Tholos refers to buildings with circular plans, composed of stone rings that create a pseudo-dome. The artwork of Plastique fantastique is meant to be a playful portrayal of use and structure. A monument dedicated to Geometry, which is put on the same level of the ancient Gods, with an apparently huge structure that, thanks to the air, can be placed in every place, if needed. The visitor will be brought in an architectural stucture separated from the external space, plunged in an infinite and duplicated dimension, thanks to the mirrors. The outcome is a mystic and humorous experience, which challenges the visitors’ conception of spatial geometry and gravity.
Plastique Fantastique is an art group that 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.