Berlin in Novi Sad – Plastique Fantastique at the Kaleidoscope of Culture

During applied arts week of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, as part of the Design Pavilion programme that takes place at SPENS from 30 September to 7 October, in addition to the works of local authors, the audience will also get the chance to see a gigantic audio-visual installation by the famous Berlin duo Plastique Fantastique called Double Heart.

The plateaus around SPENS, a building that represents part of the Yugoslav architectural heritage and one of the symbols of the city of Novi Sad, become places for artistic spatial interventions that reflect, complement and emphasise the monumentality of this modernist building. Plastique Fantastique introduce their installations to diverse environments around the world, exploring different social, political and aesthetic issues. Their interactive installation Double Heart will be installed from 30 September to 2 October on the plateau in front of SPENS, at entrance number 7.

Double Heart is a pneumatic sound sculpture that registers the heartbeats of the people present and transforms them into a collective soundscape. Two male or female visitors sit inside the sculpture, their pulse is measured, processed and amplified, revealing an infinite number of rhythm variations. Through the sound system, the beats are transmitted in real-time to the audience outside the installation. Double Heart absorbs the frequencies of human bodies and looks for possible compatibility between strangers or loved ones, examining the connection between heart frequencies and repulsion or natural attraction.

Plastique Fantastique is an art group from Berlin that explores and uses the performative possibilities of urban environments. Founded in 1999 under the influence of the unique circumstances that made the city a laboratory for temporary spaces, Plastique Fantastique explores alternative, adaptable, almost lifeless spaces for one-off and ephemeral activities. Transparent, light and mobile installations refer to the notion of activating, creating, and sharing public space and involving citizens in creative processes because they are the ones who breathe new life into the city and make the invisible visible.

In addition to the Plastique Fantastique art collective, from 30 September to 7 October, one of the most important illustrators of today, Malika Favre, will present herself at the Design Pavilion, through the lecture ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know’ and the panel ‘Artist is Absent’. Miloš Rajković Šolim with the exhibition ‘Sholim’s (Sur)real World’, as well as over 300 other artists from Serbia and the world through group and individual exhibitions, space installations, workshops for artists, lectures by the most important representatives of the world design scene, children’s programme, film and music programmes, etc. A rich programme that will show contemporary practices in the field of graphic design, product design, fashion, architecture, but also photography, animation and street art, will be completed by Šćepine Vragolije, FUNK SHUI, Filip Baloš, Mapo Keys and DJ Bend with their musical performances.

Admission to all programmes at the Kaleidoscope of Culture applied arts week is free of charge.

The partner of applied arts week is Erste Bank.

Photo: Design Week Novi Sad, Plastique Fantastique