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Breathing Volume by Plastique Fantastique + Marco Barotti

Simone Serlenga

Berlin-based studio Plastique Fantastique has teamed up with Marco Barotti to create an installation that offers a unique experience, merging dynamic architecture and immersive sound design. It plays with the notion of space in an audio-visual context. Upon entering the public will be embraced between breathing walls constantly changing their physical volume, for approximately 5 minutes, creating a perception of being inside a living organism. Four synchronised ventilators trigger the dynamics of the sound matrix and the movement of the walls by following the canon of human lungs. Subwoofers placed in its interior transform the pulsing bass frequencies into the soul of the organism. Breathing Volume unexpectedly steers the focus from what surrounds us, to what is immediate, here and now, offering a distorted reflection on our relationship with space, its distance and extension. 

Breathing Volume was shown during the 4+4 Days in Motion Festival in Prague last October.

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all images courtesy of Simone Serlenga | vide courtesy of Plastique Fantastique