The Plastic Kingdom of the Pacific Ocean

A fictional and evil micro-nation born on the island of plastic trash floating in the Pacific.

The Plastic Kingdom of the Pacific Ocean is a new-born country founded by people who fled our civilization and settled to live on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Rejected by society, they decided to leave the landmass in order to sail and conquer the seventh continent, an island mainly formed of plastic trash. The Country fights for its right to pollute and continue contaminating the ocean.

You know there’s an island of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, right?
Well, now imagine a bunch of people moving there and found their own country.

The King's Speech

In his first address to the world, His Plastic Majesty King A-lex delivers a strong and emotional speech, announcing the global community the creation of “a Plastic Kingdom for all”.

The Arrival of The Queen
Loom Festival 2018

The Queen of the Plastic Kingdom announces her first visit ever on a landmass. The installation recreate the island of plastic garbage and the throne of the Queen of the floating sovereign state. During the performance people would knee in front of the Queen, and accept an homage.

The March of the Plastic Rebels
Barcelona Design Week 2018

A group of rebels from The Plastic Kingdom marches on Barcelona against the ‘revalue’ campaign and the world’s new rise of environmentalism. The protest claims the right to keep polluting and keep contaminating the Oceans.

A whole fictional universe was created, from the national passport to the official website of the micronation, a campaign against Greenpeace, the traditional plastic clothing of the Country, etc. Through such dystopian narrative, and by embodying evil, the project aimed to raise awareness on the toxic industrial system that is destroying our environment and our oceans.

Ok, but why?
In our era of superficiality, emotion, and fake news, narratives can help imagine, give clues and shape people’s perspective. Our narrative suggest a parallel world, a mythology. And mythologies find their way into people’s subconscious mind, into our imagination, into our universal capacity to hear and make sense of stories. Which it is what makes us human. This is why we ask the audience to accept the fictional premise in order to learn and reflect on crucial themes of our contemporary times. Among others, these:

1.  The toxic industrial system that is destroying our environment and our oceans.
2. The weak and unprepared response of our Countries to the era of great migrations: our policies of closeness and rejection of human beings whose lives are threatened.
3.  The rise of ignorance and nationalisms that is seen across many Western Countries.

Vincenzo Angileri. Creative Direction
Vincenzo Angileri and Olga de la Iglesia.

Chapter I. The King’s Speech
Joe Fletcher. The King
Bernat Mestres. Film and production
Olga de la Iglesia. Art Direction
Stephania Yepes. Stylism

Chapter II. The Queen’s Throne
Cristina Román. The Queen
Pablo Marfá. The Servant
Marta Armengol. Set Design
Stephania Yepes. Stylism
Natalia Ramas. Art Assistant
Valerie Steenhaut. Art Assistant
Bernat Mestres. Film and production
Celine Hasenstab. Still Pictures
Chapter III. The Plastic March
Stephania Yepes. Stylism and Art Direction
Marta Armengol. Art Assistant
Marc Medina. Photography and Film
Hanna Tervonen. Dancer.

David Peñuela. Website
Special thanks to Sergi, Silvia, Edo, Romy, Ola, David, Ale, Pablo, Nicole, Gastón, Carlos, and all those who got involved so far.