Art collective Plastique Fantastique is based in Berlin, where keeping one’s face covered in public have been mandatory since April. PF wasn’t about to go with regular face masks, so instead they came up with the iSphere, “a funny and serious object that stimulates how to approach this exceptional situation.”
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“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 €24.
“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; it is pop, and it belongs to everybody.”
In the video there are, of course, no shots of them doing anything other than looking cool with them on. I’d like to see the iSphere being doffed, cleaned, stored on-the-go, et cetera. And as interesting as it looks, I can’t imagine it’d be pleasant to wear on a sunny day.