Hybrid Encounters. Art meets Science – Art, biology and algorithms
Together with Prof. Ingo Rechenberg, Technische Universität Berlin, a co-creator of evolutionary-biological algorithms in the engineering sciences; Professor Tim Landgraf, head of the BioRobotics Lab of the Freie Universität Berlin; and Alex Jordan, PhD and head of the research group Mechanisms and Evolutionary Ecology of Social Interaction at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Konstanz, Tomás will address the limitations of and points of intersection between nature and culture. What consequences will the intersection of computer technology and biology have? Will it open up new possibilities for interspecies communication?
On this evening a spider in its web will encounter the musician David Rothenberg during an “Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Session”, making it possible for guests to experience a fascinating form of interspecies communication beyond traditional boundaries by means of music.
Pinksummer goes to Palermo
pinksummer contemporary art,
Bruges Triennale 2018,
Aerocene and the Future in a Fossil-Free World
MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno, MIT Senior Lecturer in Meteorology Lodovica Illari, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Daniel Cziczo and Morningstar Professor of Physics Robert Jaffe discuss how the solar-powered sculptures of the Aerocene project inspire us to think of a different way to interact with the environment. A panel discussion will be moderated by Professor John Fernández, director of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative.
Cambridge, United States
Sensing the World through the Spider Web: Art as Extended Condition
The talk with Mark Wigley will articulate with the idea of extended cognition and embodied cognition as two possible paradigms to think about how artistic practice, scientific research and different umwelten could meet.
Princeton University, School of Architecture
New York, United States
Tomás Saraceno: Solar Rhythms
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery,
New York, United States
21.03.18 – 27.08.18
Tomás Saraceno: A Thermodynamic Imaginary
Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT)
Solo Exhibitions & Installations
Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju (South Korea), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich (Switzerland), Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (Germany), Baltimore Museum of Art (USA), Z33, Genk (Belgium), Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (USA), Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
MAXXI, Rome (Italy), Jardins du Château de Versailles (France), Lyon Biennale for Contemporary Art (France), Centre for Art and Public Space, Berlin (Germany), Socle du Monde Biennale, Herning (Denmark), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (Germany), Pune Biennale (India), De León, Bath (UK)
Talks, Panels & Residencies
Columbia University, New York (USA), Chicago Architecture Biennale (USA), IASS Interfaces, Hamburg (Germany), TED, Vancouver (Canada), ZKM, Karlsruhe (Germany)
02.12.17 – 29.04.18
Gravity. Imagine the Universe After Einstein
Forum of Future
22.10.2017 – 07.01.2018
Jardins de Versailles
01.10.2017 – 22.07.2018
Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits
Baltimore Museum of Art
Matter/Structure/Architecture: A conversation with Yasmil Raymond and Tomás Saraceno
Chicago Cultural Center
A conversation between Saraceno and MoMA curator Yasmil Raymond, in which she will delve into the artist’s work and current ideas and interests. Presented by the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at UChicago, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Goethe-Institute Chicago.
Tomás Saraceno presents Aerocene
Lenfest Center for the Arts
New York, USA
Aerocene floats without the power of fossil fuels, solar panels, batteries, helium, hydrogen, or other rare gases, holding “a message of simplicity, creativity and cooperation for a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, reminding us of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth and all its species.” Co-presented Columbia University School of the Arts; the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; and the School of International and Public Affairs as part of Saraceno’s Fall 2017 residency at Columbia University.
TED2017 The Future You
Tomás Saraceno’s presentation on Aerocene to be published online at 1700UTC.
20.09 – 7.01.2018
14th Biennale de Lyon
Tomás Saraceno participates in the 14th Lyon Biennial, themed Floating Worlds with multimedia installation Hyperweb of the Present, lacing two works in a single symbiotic and sym-poetic environment.
Tomás Saraceno: Horizonte de Eventos
Ruth Benzacar Gallery
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tomás Saraceno. Our Interplanetary Bodies
Asian Cultural Centre
Gwangju, South Korea
Tomás Saraceno presents an immersive environment that encompasses the vision and poetics of Aerocene: an artistic proposal for future habitats floating up the clouds; at Asian Cultural Centre, Gwangju, South Korea, July 2017. The exhibition, titled Our Interplanetary Bodies, will comprise spherical sculptures that embody the vision of aerosolar flight, and a multimedia work conceived with cosmic dust, filling the room with cosmo-acoustic rhythms.
Tomás Saraceno: Aerosolar Journeys
Following the presentation in Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen in February 2017, Aerosolar Journeys travels to Museum Haus Konstruktiv, opening on June 01. The exhibition, Tomás Saraceno’s largest solo show to date in Switzerland, displays the latest experiments, actions and research of the Aerocene project, the long-term undertaking by Tomás Saraceno, and engages its visitors in multiple ways. Aerosolar Journeys will be accompanied by a catalogue, co-published by the two institutions and Walter König Verlag.
De León presents the exhibition Loose Threads with the work of three international artists, Tonico Lemos Auad, Enrico David and Tomás Saraceno. Saraceno’s sculpture Zonal Harmonics demonstrates his interest in astronomy and the cosmos. Composed of orbits held purely by their mutual tension, the sculpture examines the variations in speed and geometry of the trajectories of the celestial bodies and their relationship to one another in space and time.
Tomás Saraceno: How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tomás Saraceno: How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web, will present two immersive installations as the result of a decade’s worth of interdisciplinary artistic research. Combining Saraceno’s interest in arachnology and astrophysics with sound and the visual arts, the project introduces museum visitors to a collective ‘cosmic concert’ that envelops the two spaces. Suspended filaments of webs and swirling formations of dust foreground a floating journey through the ‘cosmic web’. Curated by Victoria Noorthoorn and the team at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires.
TED2017 The Future You
Tomás Saraceno is invited to present Aerocene during TED2017: The Future You.
Center for Art and Public Space
Tomás Saraceno presents a sculptural work in Between Spaces group exhibition, at the Centre for Art and Public Space, Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin. In Between Spaces, 15 artists examine questions and contradictions found in urban life. The exhibition places work by Gordon Matta-Clark and perspectives on East Berlin into a dialogue with current artistic positions. The featured artists appropriate unused spaces and lend new forms to the inconspicuous spaces in-between. From 1970s New York to 1980s East Berlin and the global village of today, the exhibition brings together these various frames of reference – thus itself shifting “between spaces”.
Socle du Monde Biennale
Tomás Saraceno is invited to take part in Socle du Monde Biennale, a hommage to Piero Manzoni, where he will present and launch Aerocene sculptures.
Tomás Saraceno brings the Aerocene project to the edge of the world for the Antarctic Biennale, at Ushuaia, Argentina, from March 27 to April 06. The Antarctic Biennale Expedition will bring together approximately 100 participants — artists, researchers, and visionaries from all over the world — to explore and to think about a universal cultural future for Antarctica as a model of other ‘shared spaces’ as Ocean and Outer Space.
25.03 – ongoing
Tomás Saraceno In Orbit
K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
For more than three years, visitors had the chance to experience how it feels to walk and move, apparently weightlessly, at a height of more than 20 meters of the piazza of the K21 Ständehaus, beneath the glass cupola, where Saraceno suspended a gigantic net construction, resembling a cloud landscape, accessible on three levels. Tomás Saraceno is proud to announce the re-opening of In Orbit from March, 25, 2017.
Tomás Saraceno: Aerosolar Journeys
Tomás Saraceno solo exhibition Aerosolar Journeys at Wilhelm-Hack Museum in Ludwisghafen, Germany showcases the ecology of practices of the Aerocene project. Varying from artistic field experiments to interdisciplinary dialogues and instances between scientists, thinkers, activists and technologists, the project seeks to reactivate the common imaginary in the age of ecological crisis. The exhibition will include sculptural installations, proposing means of mobility and living in a hydrocarbon-free world, videos that documented achieved aerosolar flights, and an engaging public programme. After Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Aerosolar Journeys will be presented at Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, May 2017.
On the occasion of the opening of the Elbphilharmonie, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg is preparing a major exhibition in cooperation with Herzog & de Meuron and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. During the test phase spanning several months before the opening of the concert house, internationally renowned artists were invited to develop new works inspired by the building. The works will make reference to the architecture, the building as a new landmark in Hamburg, and music, and will be shown at the Deichtorhallen as artistic interpretations of the Elbphilharmonie.
Keynote at ZKM – Center for Art and Media
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Tomás Saraceno is invited to deliver the keynote during the syposium Architecture as Presumed Future at ZKM, Center for Art and Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany, in the context of the exhibition Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling.
Solo Exhibitions & Installations
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MEX), Vanhaerents Art Collection (BEL), Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati (USA), Esther Schipper Gallery (DEU), Campbell Art Park (USA), Pinksummer Contemporary Art (ITA)…
11th Shanghai Biennial (CHI), Istanbul Design Biennial (TUR), Senckenberg Natural History Museum (DEU), Meta.morf Biennial (SWE), Cappadox Festival (TUR), Pace Gallery (UK), Palazzo Fortuny Museum (ITA)…
Talks, Panels & Residencies
Exhibition Road Residency (UK), RAVE East Side residency (ITA), Miracle Marathon (UK), EXCESS: Forum for Philosophy and Art (DEU), Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art (DEU), IAK Institute Final Exhibition Days (DEU), Akademie der Künste (DEU), Fondazione Edmund Mach (ITA), HKW, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DEU), Harvard Graduate School of Design (USA), Espace Muraille (CH)…
• A solo show by Tomás Saraceno Stillness in Motion. Cloud Cities will be on view from December 2016 in the re-opened premises of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition encompasses the artist’s vision of aerosolar cities, triggering the collective imagination towards possible futures, attuned to thermodynamic energy circulation and reshaped by modes of interspecific co-habitation. Curated by Joseph Becker.
Stillness in Motion. Cloud Cities
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, USA
• Immersive installation by Tomás Saraceno, integrating cosmic dust, a living Nephila spider and the audience of visitors – Arachno Concert – will be on view at 11th Shanghai Biennial, curated by Raqs Media Collective. Special thanks to Linyao Kiki Liu, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
11th Shanghai Biennial
• Tomás Saraceno brings the Aerocene project to unite more than 10 prominent institutions located at and outside the Exhibition Road, London, among them Serpentine Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and Imperial Colleges. The cross-disciplinary venture will be ignited by the residency at Goethe Institut, London, starting October 2016.
Tomás Saraceno: Aerocene, at the Exhibition Road
Residency at Goethe Institut
Serpentine Miracle Marathon,
London, UK, and online
• Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition Dark Cosmic Web at the new venue of Pinksummer Contemporary Art gallery in Rome, Italy, October 10, 2016
Dark Cosmic Web
at Pinksummer Contemporary Art
• Tomás Saraceno’s Dark Webs on view at Istanbul Design Biennial, October 22, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Istanbul Design Biennial Instanbul
• Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City installation floats from the MET’s rooftop, overlooking Central Park and Manhattan’s skyline, to Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Campbell Art Park. As the artist observes: “When it [the installation] is reassembled in a different place, the sky and the environment will be different; it will change completely.”
Visitors are welcome to see Oklahoma’s Cloud Cities from September 8 through October 16.
Cloud City Installation
at Campbell Art Park, NW 11th and Broadway
Oklahoma City, USA
• Tomás Saraceno in dialogue with philosopher Fahim Amir about the speculative approach and critical strategies of Arachnid Orchestra. The performative intervention will be positioned in relation to Donna Haraway’s renowned Companion Species Manifesto.
In engaging the structural properties of spider’s silk and the spider’s vibrational mode of communication, Saraceno has amplified vibrations and web plucking into acoustic environments as part of his project Arachnid Orchestra (2014-ongoing). By meticulously attempting to render visible and audible the avidity and intricate properties of spiders and their silk, Saraceno’s sculptures and installations offer novel ways to represent more-than-human communication.
06.08.2016, at 2pm
Tomás Saraceno with Fahim Amir
EXCESS: Forum for Philosophy and Art
in the context of 48. Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2016
• What is going on …
Tomás Saraceno: 163,000 Light Years
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
• Tomás Saraceno’s first solo exhibition in Mexico, 163,000 Light Years, at MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, provides a rich insight into the artist’s recent undertakings, diverse in media, scope and disciplines, and presents his new artistic conceptions developed during the field-research expedition at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, January 2016.
Tomás Saraceno: 163,000 Light Years
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
• “Tomás Saraceno has, for the first time, scanned, reconstructed and reimagined spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, in a unique artistic and bioacoustics experience that uses groundbreaking methods and is expanding the horizons of scientific research. His innovative three-dimensional spider web works are a visionary statement for interspecies care and communication. From the American Museum of Natural History in New York to the Naturkundemuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main, Saraceno’s collection is a unique sight for all humankind.”
(Dr.Peter Jäger, Head of Arachnology, Senckenberg Research Institute)
Tomás Saraceno and Dr.Peter Jäger, Head of Arachnology, Senckenberg Research Institute, after ten years of collaboration started at Venice Biennale in 2009 upon invitation of curator Daniel Birnbaum, present some of the fruits of their common researches about spiders at the Naturkundenmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main, where Saraceno studied at the Städelschule and opened his first Studio.
Saraceno’s spiderwebs installations, exhibited around the world -from Singapore (CCA) to Monterrey, Mexico (MARCO) and Paris, France (Louvre)- will be the focus together with special guests Cyrtophora citricola, Orb-weaver and network construction architect, and Nephila inaurata, silk spider and string designer, of a Round Table discussion that introduces the exhibition SPINNEN, on view from July 15, 2016 to 08 January 2017, part of the program “Culture meets nature” of Senckenberg Natural History Museum.
Spider Salon: Arachnids on Strings
Senckenberg Natural History Museum
• In a constant move towards attunement, Tomás Saraceno’s talk at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art Berlin continues a profound interest in reverberation as a modality that allows different meanings to emerge.
Art and the Politics of Individuation, this year’s Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art, engages the far edge of contemporary artistic and theoretical discourse through the perspective of Cognitive Capitalism. Saas Fee Summer Institute will engage topics such as speculative poetics, cognitive capitalism and accelerationism, but with an eye toward such topics as affective politics, digital automation and predictive algorithms. Lectures, discussions and workshops with outstanding artists and thinkers will open multiple perspectives; the school’s participants will produce an exhibition in the last days of the course. Speakers: Nicolas Bourriaud, Matteo Pasquinelli, Raimundas Malasauskas, among others.
21.7.2016, at 6pm – 7.30pm
Lecture by Tomás Saraceno
Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin
• Tomás Saraceno and Cyrtophora citricola, RAVE East Side residency at Villa Manin, Italy will gather researchers and thinkers around the topic of interspecific communication and more-than-human world.
At the end of his Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein writes that if a lion could speak, we would not be able to understand it. During Tomás Saraceno’s RAVE East Side residency at Villa Manin, the artist will let go of the referential conception of language that instigated Wittgenstein’s statement veering instead towards interspecific communication in a more-than-human world. In a constant move towards attunement, Saraceno’s residency with a Cyrtophora citricola continues a profound interest in sensing as a modality that allows different meanings to emerge.
Tomás Saraceno: RAVE East Side residency at Villa Manin
• “. Time to take off pilots … Thank you for these two amazing years!!! … airborne fellows ..hope our orbits will cross in this and other universes…!!!” (Tomás Saraceno, 2016)
Tomás Saraceno is very greatful for two years of IAK directorship and celebrates IAK Institute Final Exhibition Days:
Final Exhibition Days
IAK Instiute TU-Braunschweig
• Tomás Saraceno’s Museo Aero Solar video is featured among two videos introducing the Panel discussion Selbstverbrennung oder Transformation. Mit Kunst und Kultur aus der Klimakrise?, Akademie der Künste, organised by Ulweltbundesamt, Berlin, Germany
15.07.2016, at 7pm
Museo Aero Solar
Pariser Platz, Plenarsaal, Akademie der Künste
• Studio Tomás Saraceno participates in the 1st International Symposium on Biotremology in Italy, presenting the scientific research foregrounded in the Arachnid Orchestra. Scientific collaborator Dr. Roland Mühlethaler will discuss Saraceno’s hypotheses on play and creativity that posit a more complex understanding of human and non-human cohabitation.
06.07.2016 at 7pm
1st International Symposium on Biotremology
Fondazione Edmund Mach
San Michele all’Adige, Italy
• Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell Ensemble is a spatial installation of wind-inspired and empowered sculptures that realise the artist’s vision of flight via harnessing atmospheric potential. Employing light-weight materials, Solar Bells’ design is based on the modular tetrahedron, or four-sided pyramid, invented by Alexander Graham Bell during his early investigations into manned flight.
Tomás Saraceno: Solar Bell Ensemble
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US
Tomás Saraceno: Artist talk
• Studio Tomás Saraceno welcomes a Masterclass as part of the series Experimental Speculations/Speculative Experimentations hosted by the M.A. programme “Literaturwissenschaft: Ästhetik – Literatur – Philosophie” at the Europa Universität Viadrina. As a practitioner working at the crossroads of theory, the sciences and the arts, Tomás Saraceno is invited to discuss the relation between the experiential and the speculative in their work, with the aim of extracting concrete methods of speculative thinking, as well as the issues that call for speculative thinking today.
Experimental Speculations/Speculative Experimentations
Studio Tomás Saraceno
• Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene sculptures are launched at Ehra-Lessien’s refugee camp. Participants of “Becoming Pilot” course lead by Tomás Saraceno at IAK Architecture-related Art Institute, at refugee camp for a workshop to test a number of Aerocene solar sculptures:
24.06.2016 (weather-dependent) with the participation of Prof. Derek McCormack, Human Geography, Oxford University
More infos: www.aerocene.com
• Tomás Saraceno’s hybrid web work will be on view, coinciding with the Venice Biennale, Architecture Exhibition, at Palazzo Fortuny as a part of the group show Collezionismo Contemporaneo.
The Museum of Palazzo Fortuny
• TU-Braunschweig Architecture-related Art Institute course “Becoming Pilot,” led by Tomás Saraceno, will take part in Cappadox Festival in Capadoccia, Turkey. The participation is one of Aerocene’s multiple flights happening around the globe.
Cappadox Festival, Capadoccia, Turkey
• Saraceno’s exhibition Aerocene at Esther Schipper Gallery frames a metabolic and thermodynamic transformation of human societies’ relation with both the Earth and the Sun. Following the visionary Cloud Cities project, it devises airborne habitable structures that would lift their inhabitants and keep them afloat using planetary/cosmic energy sources. Saraceno deploys theoretical frameworks and insights from art, physics, and biology to create works that express utopian visions of a more interconnected existence. The Aerocene project carries the research potential to discover and study the rich plethora of life forms dwelling in clouds and upper-atmospheric levels – currently unexplored realms. Saraceno’s fascination with the natural phenomenon of social ballooning, an airborne method that spider colonies use to disperse and travel thousands of kilometers, gives inspiration to the Aerocene project and paves the way for speculating alternative interspecific social futures.
Tomás Saraceno: Aerocene
Esther Schipper Gallery
• Many suns and worlds is Tomás Saraceno’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. Designed especially for the project space of the Vanhaerents Art Collection, this exhibition features a new site-specific installation by the artist, as a part of his ambitious Cloud Cities project.
Tomás Saraceno: Many suns and worlds
Vanhaerents Art Collection
• How do we know the element of air, and the forces that move it? The presentation Aerocene: Attuning (to) Atmospheres, in Wisdom Techniques, at HKW, thinks with air to propose ways of attuning our bodies, concepts and models to atmospheres, from the intimate to the global. To do so we demonstrate the Aerocene: a collective vision for an “alternative technosphere” initiated by artist Tomás Saraceno that uses membranes and envelopes to create different possibilities for atmospheric sensing, mobility and politics. In conversation and experiment with the Aerocene, we relate an anthropotechnics of elemental sensing through the flight of aerosolar sculptures.
Aerocene: Attuning (to) Atmospheres, in Wisdom Techniques
Demonstrations and discussions panel, with Bronislaw Szerszynski and Sasha Engelmann
HKW, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
• Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene presented at Qurikancha Museum in Peru – the most important temple of the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. The exhibition includes:
Launch of a solar sculpture
Performance and Round Table
Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco, Peru
• Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene will be presented at Meta.morf – a Biennial for art and technology in Trondheim, Norway. The project reflects upon this year’s biennial’s motto Nice to be in orbit!, making the dynamics of celestial and non-celestial bodies visible and sensible.
Aerocene at Meta.morf Biennial
• Following Tomás Saraceno’s artistic atmospheric inquiry into art, science and architecture, Aerocene project will be presented during the symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Titled On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment, the event gathers renown architects, urbanists, scientists, researchers and thinkers, and Tomás Saraceno is proud to be among them.
04.02.2016, 6-8 pm
05.02.2016, 9 am-6 pm
On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, MA, USA
• Following Tomás Saraceno solo show in Espace Muraille, the genevois venue for contemporary art, established by Caroline and Eric Freymond, a conversation between the artist and enterpreneur Bertrand Piccard (Solar Impulse) will be held. The two dialogue partners come from different contexts, but both are exemplery cases of creative, innovative and future-orientated thinking and design. The debate will give individual takes on the current ecological situation and the ways how art and technology can help to deal it better.
11.02.2016, at 7 pm
Tomás Saraceno and Bertrand Piccard
• In 2009, Tomás Saraceno has been awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. Today, he is among the respective group of artists who have an honor to hold the award, presented in Pace Gallery, London, opening February 11.
The Calder Prize 2005-2015
Pace Gallery, London
• Tomás Saraceno starts the year 2016 with an expedition to Salar de Uyuni – the salt plane lying in the elevation of world’s largest salt flat at an altitude of 3,656 meters above sea level. Reiterating the artistic spatial quest that has begun with Aerocene at COP21, December 2015 in Paris, the expedition is a field-research combining the video production, the launch of Aerocene sculptures, and the unique experience of aerosolar, lighter-than-air manned flight. The location has been previously documented in Tomás photographic and video works of “Cloud Cities” series (2006) that have been included in prominent collections worldwide such as of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. This time Salar de Uyuni becomes a relevant location to host the project Aerocene and its undertaking towards more symbiotic, cooperative and creative bonds with Earth.
Salar de Uyuni
• Aerocene – Around the world to change the world
An open project by Tomás Saraceno, at Grand Palais and Palais de Tokyo during United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21, Paris.
Tomás Saraceno’s artistic project Aerocene is a series of air-fuelled sculptures that will float in the longest, most sustainable journey around the world without engines, becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The project floats in the air without burning of fossil fuels, using solar panels, batteries; or helium, hydrogen and other rare gases from the ground re-sensing the circulation of energy and resources. The material realization is surpassed by the message it bears: Its aesthetic form follows a both utopian and real idea of open source force of movement.
Inflated by the air, lifted by the sun, carried by the wind, the project questions and seeks answers to our current and troublesome dependency on fossil and hydrocarbon fuels and pollution – the topics that places Aerocene at the core of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 topical framework. In a world divided by geopolitics, Aerocene calls for participation and do-it-together actions. Crossing the frontiers between art, science and education, it becomes a visionary and open platform of shared knowledge. Thus it seeks for the deep understanding of our planet and all its physical, natural and social entanglements in order to project new ways of how we can move, dwell and be-together here on Earth.
For COP21 Paris, the artist will present the first Aerocene prototype at Grand Palais that will be able to circumnavigate the earth many times. At Palais de Tokyo, a symposium and a demonstrative workshop will be organized, and a series of actions and collective performances, based on open-source collaborative principles, the self-organised initiative of Museo Aero Solar will invite to collect plastic bags, reuse them and construct an aerosolar sculpture in one of the spaces.
05.12.2015, at 6:30 pm
Artist talk at Grand Palais, Paris
• Tomás Saraceno takes part in the group exhibition How to live? – Images of the Future from Malevich to Fujimoto , curated by Jana Franze, Astrid Ihle, Theresia Kiefer, and René Zechlin, at Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, showing “Solar Bell /P /2000 S1“, a flying sculpture, a vision of a flying plaza, a hovering observation tower, deattached from grounds by the wind.
How to live? – Images of the Future from Malevich to Fujimoto
• Tomás Saraceno participates in the group exhibition I am, Because of You, curated by Shi Li-Sanderson, at the YUAN Art Space, in Beijing, China, and presents a sonic cosmic web – a spider sculpture and an audio track.
I am, because of You
YUAN Art Space
• SLIVER 2015 Lecture Series: Tomás Saraceno and Sanford Kwinter.
On December 17, at 7 pm, please join Tomás Saraceno in conversation with Sanford Kwinter about art, architecture and Aerocene at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts, in Vienna, Austria.
17.12.2015, at 7 pm
Tomás Saraceno and Sanford Kwinter
Institute of Architecture
University of Applied Arts, Lichtenhof A
• In a time of rapidly accelerating climate change, why do we still blast rockets into space, burning up vast amounts of hydrocarbons? Is it because it is the only way to get there? Aerocene, at the Border of Art and Space, and in the heart of America’s space landscape near the White Sands Dunes and nearby the Spaceport America, is the demonstration of the artist Tomás Saraceno’s aerosolar inquiry and an answer to the detrimental transport and scientific means with lighter-than-air structures and moving vehicles.
Aerocene is a collaborative project that engages in disruptive, alternative, and collective interactions with space and space technology and appropriates and reinterprets existing data sets; its launch in the dramatic landscape of the desert, led by Tomás Saraceno, implies the initiation of the growing global movement of artist-scientist-activists who are working in such a way that the imaginary of space becomes an expansion of the social imaginary, providing alternatives to traditional state-based and emerging commercial interests.The sculptures that are part of this endeavour examplifies the way how we can fly just as the planet Earth is floating in its contact flux.
Space without Rockets, the international campaign for sustainable space exploration and research, organized by Aerocene in collaboration with curator Rob la Frenais and the University of Texas at El Paso, invites everybody to assist to the Launch and two days Symposium at White Sands Dunes, New Mexico USA. The Launch will occur in a very symbolic place, right next where Space Shuttle in the 80’s was landed, and where aerospace engineer Wernher Von Braun brought the V2 rockets, tested them and developed the Apollo Program.
Space Without Rockets Conference: Alternatives in Space Travel, the launch of Aerocene sculpture and the demonstration of aerosolar ‘moon-walk’, with gravity reduced only by the heat of Sun.
05.11-08.11.2015, 5 pm–7:30pm
Participants: Tomás Saraceno, artist who has begun the aerosolar movement, realised a number of lighter-than-air artistic projects (Becoming Aerosolar, Aerocene), and co-founded Museo Aero Solar collective; John Powell, founder of JP Aerospace; Rob La Frenais, conference chair and curator of the Aerosolar/Space Without Rockets project; Ewen Chardronnet of the Association of Autonomous Astronauts; Kathelin Gray, co-founder and Director of the former Biosphere 2 in Arizona, from Synergia Ranch in New Mexico; Nicola Triscott, Director of the science-art organisation The Arts Catalyst, London; Nahum Mantra, co-curator of the Matters of Gravity zero gravity exhibition; Cristobal Martinez of Post Commodity.
Space without Rockets
White Sands Dunes, News mexico / Rubin Center, University of Texas, El Paso
• Spider works will be featured in Chicago Architecture Biennial, curated by Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, which provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. Formed of complex interwoven geometries suspended in air, each sculpture appears as a unique galaxy floating within an expansive, infinite landscape. Alongside the exhibition, an interview between Tomás Saraceno and the Pritzker Prize winner Frei Otto will be published in the Catalogue “The State of the Art of Architecture” available from November 2016, with a selection of images of their experimental works in art and architecture.
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Cultural Center
• Tomás Saraceno’s video installation Cumulus will be presented during the Nuit Blanche cultural festival, in Toronto, and projected on Victoria Soya Mills Silos, on Lakeshore Boulevard East & Parliament Street. This wide-dimension installation of the work is a part of “The Work of Wind”exhibition, reactivating Toronto’s shoreline with poetic and conceptual approaches, curated by Christine Shaw.
The night of 3rd of October
Nuit Blanche cultural festival
Lakeshore Boulevard East & Parliament Street
• Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions: Situated at the intersection between art, architecture and science, Tomás Saraceno’s artistic research is an invitation to conceive alternative ways of knowledge, experience and interaction with others. By employing the incredible structural properties of spider’s silk and the spider’s sophisticated mode of communication through vibrations, Saraceno amplifies these vibrations and web plucking – not perceivable to human ears – into acoustic rhythms. Such endeavour is predicated on hypotheses of play and creativity that ask for a more complex understanding of the animal world. Various musicians and sonic artists based in Singapore including Bani Haykal, Brian O’Reilly, and Joyce Beetuan Koh were invited to respond to the spiders’ vibrational communication in three live performances (jam sessions) throughout the duration of the exhibition, creating a collective and immersive interspecies musical composition.
A panel discussion focusing on bioacoustics and interspecific inter-species communication will be held on October 24 including Tomás Saraceno, artist, Peter Jäger, arachnologist, and Elizabeth A. Povinelli, critical theorist & filmmaker, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director, Anca Rujoiu, Curator, Exhibitions, and Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore. This will be followed by a jam session with Brian O’Reilly, musician & Lecturer, LASALLE College of the Arts, introduced by Peter Jäger, arachnologist.
On 7th November, another jam session will take place with Bani Haykal, artist, introduced by Joseph Koh, arachnologist, and on 2nd December with Joyce Beetuan Koh, musician & Vice Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, introduced by Etienne Turpin, philosopher.
As an extension of the exhibition, curated by Ute Meta bauer, a dedicated website (www.arachnidorchestra.org) will operate as a research platform and playful hypertext of musical tuning.
Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions.
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
• Tomás Saraceno and Philipp Oswalt are going to speculate around Projekt Bauhaus at HKW, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin: Can design change society? How can we integrate emancipating ideas into a continuously progressing modernization? Has the aspiration of the Bauhaus and the classical avant-garde to positively change society through design been validated? By what means can we approach design change and the future in a new way today?
18.09.2015 at 21 pm
• Tomás Saraceno is taking part at one of the Louvre Museum‘s most anticipated exhibitions in Paris: A Brief History of the Future, based on the book by Jacques Attali of the same name, and curated by Dominique de Font-Réaulx and Jean de Loisy with the collaboration of Sandra Adam-Couralet. Contemporary artists will dialogue with noteworthy works from different eras, retracing in the present an account of the past conducive to a clearer view of the future.In this group exhibition, the visitors will have a chance to see hybrid spider-web works that illustrate the artist’s inquiry to the realm of nature, and anticipates new social models for interspecies cohabitation.
A Brief History of the Future
Musée du Louvre
For this excellent occasion a discussion between Tomás Saraceno and the renowned thinker Bruno Latour will take place at the Louvre Auditorium.
25.09.2015 at 6.30 pm
• Tomás Saraceno has been named to the 2015 edition of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100, an annual compilation of the creative minds, makers, and pioneers that inspire the work of YBCA, released this September.
• Tomás Saraceno´s first solo exhibition in Austria at the 21er Haus, Becoming Aerosolar, curated by Mario Codognato, presents a significant artistic perspective at the juncture between art and science, considering alternative life models that propose a more sustainable treatment of the environment. The long-term creative inquiry Becoming Aerosolar engages with the climatic and social crises that have come to the fore in the 21st century’s Anthropocene Era. It encompasses a set of collaborations and proposals that experiment with the Sun and the air and relies on an open-source, knowledge-sharing ecology articulated with diverse people and institutions worldwide. It invites us to think of new ways to grasp the circulation of energy and resources, and promotes a thermodynamic imaginary, actively reframing the material ethics and politics of our contemporary modes of moving, dwelling, and being together, here on Earth.
Tomás Saraceno: Becoming Aerosolar
• The Active Matter Summit is a conference about the emerging field of active matter and programmable materials that bridges the worlds of art, science, engineering and design, demonstrating new perspectives for computation, transformation and dynamic material applications.
In recent decades, developments in software and hardware technologies have created dramatic shifts in design, manufacturing and research. Software technologies have facilitated automated process and new solutions for complex problems. Computation has also become a platform for creativity through generative art and design. New hardware platforms and digital fabrication technologies have similarly transformed manufacturing, offering more efficient production and mass customization. Such advances have helped catalyzed the maker-movement, democratizing design and maker culture. This influx of new capabilities to design, compute and fabricate like never before, has sparked a renewed interest in material performance.
We are now witnessing significant advances in active matter, 3D/4D Printing, materials science, synthetic biology, DNA nanotechnology and soft robotics, which have led to the convergence of software, hardware and material technologies and the growing field of programmable materials.
Active Matter Summit
MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)
Cambridge, MA, United States
• For the installation 14 Billions (Working Title), 2010, Tomás Saraceno has created an oversized model of the web of a Black Widow spider.
14 Billions (Working Title) is one of several works the artist has made using the spiderweb as a starting point. His fascination with the spiderweb and how astrophysicists use it to explain the origin and structure of the universe was the impetus for the installation. Astrophysicists claim that there are significant geometrical similarities between the two phenomena.
Saraceno asked a challenging question: Was it possible to accurately draw and measure an actual spiderweb, translate this information into digital data and then create a three-dimensional model? This had never been done before. In collaboration with astrophysicists, arachnologists (experts on spiders and spiderwebs), engineers and architects, Saraceno spent two years developing 14 Billions (Working Title). The exhibition also presents some of the research material that was produced during this period, giving the audience an insight to the process.
14 Billions (Working Title)
Bonniers Konsthall, SKMU, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum