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Tomás Saraceno

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2018

Solo Exhibitions & Installations

Palais de Tokyo (FRA)

Tomás Saraceno’s Solo Show will be the fourth Carte Blanche exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, the leading Parisian venue for contemporary art. Opening autumn.

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Solo Exhibitions & Installations

Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (DEU), MAMBA – Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (ARG), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (CH), CCK – Néstor Kirchner Cultural Centre (ARG), Mappletree (SGP), Tapei (TWN)

Group Exhibitions

Socle du Monde Biennale (DNK), Deichtorhallen Hamburg (DEU), Pune Biennale (IND)

 

 

 

MARCH

 

• 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.

27.03.- 06.04.2017
Antarctic Biennale
Ushuaia, Argentina

 

 

 

 

• 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.

 

25.03 – ongoing
Tomás Saraceno
Reopening In Orbit
K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
Germany

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

• 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.

11.02.- 30.04.2017
Aerosolar Journeys
Wilhelm-Hack Museum
Ludwigshafen, Germany

 

Tomás Saraceno. Eclipse of the Aerocene Explorer, 2016 Performance in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, January 2016, during Tomás Saraceno's artistic expedition. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Tomás Saraceno Eclipse of the Aerocene Explorer, 2016 Performance in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, January 2016, during Tomás Saraceno's artistic expedition. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016

 

 

 

• 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.

10.02.- 01.05.2017
Elbphilharmonie Revisited
Deichtorhallen
Hamburg, Germany

 

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

• Tomás Saraceno is invited to deliver a talk at the Symposium 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.

26.01.-27.01.2017
Tomás Saraceno
Talk at ZKM – Center for Art and Media
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

 

 

 

• 05.01.- 29.01.2017
Tomás Saraceno at
Pune Biennale
Pune, India

 

 

 

2016

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)…

Group Exhibitions

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)…

 

 

 

2016

DECEMBER

 

• 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.

17.12.2016-21.05.2017
Stillness in Motion. Cloud Cities
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, USA

 

Tomás Saraceno, "Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions", at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2015. Curated by Ute Meta Bauer with Anca Rujoiu. Courtesy: the Artist and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin; Andersen Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer Gallery, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Tomás Saraceno, "Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions", at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2015. Curated by Ute Meta Bauer with Anca Rujoiu. Courtesy: the Artist and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin; Andersen Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer Gallery, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Photography by CCA ©2015

 

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

• 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.

11.11.2016-12.03.2017
11th Shanghai Biennial
Shanghai, China

Hybrid solitary semi-social Instrument Kallichore 728.23 built by: a solo Nephila kenianensis-twelve weeks and a duet of Cyrtophora citricola-six weeks, 2016. © Photography Tomás Saraceno,  2016
Hybrid solitary semi-social Instrument Kallichore 728.23 built by: a solo Nephila kenianensis - twelve weeks and a duet of Cyrtophora citricola - six weeks, 2016. © Photography Tomás Saraceno, 2016

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

• 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.

01.10- 31.12.2016
Tomás Saraceno: Aerocene, at the Exhibition Road
London, UK
Residency at Goethe Institut

Tomás Saraceno Aerocene, 2016 Launches at Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey,  together with "Becoming Pilot" course students from Architecture-Related Art Department, TU-Braunschweig, led by Tomás Saraceno.
Tomás Saraceno Aerocene, 2016 Launches at Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia, Turkey, together with "Becoming Pilot" course students from Architecture-Related Art Department, TU-Braunschweig, led by Tomás Saraceno.Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, Esther Schipper, Berlin. ©Photography Tomás Saraceno, 2016

 

 

• Tomás Saraceno at Miracle Marathon, the 2016 edition of Serpentine‘s anual festival of ideas. October 8-9, 2016.

08/09.10.2016
Tomás Saraceno
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

10.10.2016
Dark Cosmic Web
at Pinksummer Contemporary Art
Rome, Italy

 

 

• Tomás Saraceno’s Dark Webs on view at Istanbul Design Biennial, October 22, 2016 – March 12, 2017

22.10-4.12.2016
Istanbul Design Biennial Instanbul
Turkey

Tomás Saraceno. Hybrid Solitary Semi-social Instrument ESO 146-IG 005: Built by Two Argiope anasuja-two weeks, Three Cyrtophora citricola-three weeks, One Cyrtophora moluccensis-two weeks, and One Tegenaria domestica-ten weeks. The exhibition view "Aerocene" at Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Tomás Saraceno. Hybrid Solitary Semi-social Instrument ESO 146-IG 005: Built by Two Argiope anasuja-two weeks, Three Cyrtophora citricola-three weeks, One Cyrtophora moluccensis-two weeks, and One Tegenaria domestica-ten weeks. The exhibition view "Aerocene" at Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Courtesy by the artist and private collection. Photography by Andrea Rossetti, © 2016

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

• 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.

08.09- 16.10.2016
Cloud City Installation
at Campbell Art Park, NW 11th and Broadway
Oklahoma City, USA

Tomás Saraceno. on the Roof: Cloud City, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Tomás Saraceno. on the Roof: Cloud City, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2012

 

 

 

AUGUST

 

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
Darmstadt, Germany

 

 

 

•  What is going on …

 

01.07-06.11.2016
Tomás Saraceno: 163,000 Light Years
Solo show
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico

 

18.06.2016-06.2017
Solar Bell Ensemble Installation
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, US

 

04.06-10.10.2016
Group show Collezionismo Contemporaneo with Tomás Saraceno’s Hybrid Web Work
The Museum of Palazzo Fortuny
Venice, Italy

 

21.04-28.10.2016
Solo show Tomás Saraceno: Many suns and worlds
Vanhaerents Art Collection
Brussels, Belgium

 

15.07.2016-08.01.2017
Exhibition SPINNEN with Tomás Saraceno’s Sonic Cosmic Webs
Senckenberg Natural History Museum
Frankfurt, Germany

 

 

 

JULY

 

• 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.

01.07-06.11.2016
Tomás Saraceno: 163,000 Light Years
Solo show
MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico

Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2016
Tomás Saraceno. Re-entry, 2016. Sat 1:54 a.m., The photograph depicts an orange firework stretched along the southern horizon lasting for nearly 2 minutes, providing incredible imagery of the reentry of Chinese rocket Long March 3b, NORAD #40983 (2015-059B), seen from Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia on January 15th, during Tomás Saraceno's artistic expedition, carried out with a support of MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, on the occasion of the solo show by the artist in June 2016.
Thanks to photographer Bernd Pröschold, photographic assistant Jan Hattenbach and members of Studio Tomás Saraceno. <br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016

 

 

 

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.

 

14.07.2016
Spider Salon: Arachnids on Strings
Senckenberg Natural History Museum

 

"Social .. Quasi Social .. Solitary .. Spiders ... On Hybrid Cosmic Webs", 2013. Installation view at Esther Schipper, Berlín. Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
"Social .. Quasi Social .. Solitary .. Spiders ... On Hybrid Cosmic Webs", 2013. Installation view at Esther Schipper, Berlín. Courtesy of the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2013

 

 

 

• 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.

25.07-31.07.2016
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:

 

13.07-14.07.2016
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
Berlin, Germany

Museo Aero Solar at Prato, Italy, 2009. © Museo Aero Solar, 2009.
Museo Aero Solar in Prato, Italy, 2009
Photographed by Janis Elko © Museo Aero Solar, 2009.

 

 

 

• 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

 

 

 

JUNE

 

 

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.

18.06.2016-06.2017
Tomás Saraceno: Solar Bell Ensemble
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, US

18.06.2016, 3pm
Tomás Saraceno: Artist talk

 

reflecting - test flight -Tempelhofer Feld
Solar Bell at Tempelhof, Berlin, 2013
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2013

 

 

 

• 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.

16.06.2016
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:

03.06.2016 (weather-dependent)
10.06.2016 (weather-dependent)
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.

04.06-10.10.2016
Collezionismo Contemporaneo
The Museum of Palazzo Fortuny
Venice, Italy
 

 

 

 

 

MAY

 

• 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.

19.05-22.05.2016
Aerocene flight
Cappadox Festival, Capadoccia, Turkey

 

Tomás Saraceno, "Becoming Aerosolar". Free Flight, from Germany to Poland, 2015
Tomás Saraceno, "Becoming Aerosolar". Free Flight, from Germany to Poland, 2015
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015

 

 

 

APRIL

 

• 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.

29.04-28.05.2016
Tomás Saraceno: Aerocene
Esther Schipper Gallery
Berlin, Germany

 

Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2015
Tomás Saraceno Aerocene, launches at White Sands (NM, United States), 2015
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015

 

 

 

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.

21.04-28.10.2016
Tomás Saraceno: Many suns and worlds
Vanhaerents Art Collection
Brussels, Belgium

 

Tomás Saraceno: On the Roof: Cloud City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2012
Tomás Saraceno. On the Roof: Cloud City, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York;  Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin <br /> © Collage by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2012

 

 

 

• 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.

16.04.2016
Aerocene: Attuning (to) Atmospheres, in Wisdom Techniques
Demonstrations and discussions panel, with Bronislaw Szerszynski and Sasha Engelmann
HKW, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Berlin, Germany

 

Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2015
Tomás Saraceno Aerocene, launches at White Sands (NM, United States), 2015
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2015

 

 

 

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:

01.04.2016
Launch of a solar sculpture

08.04.2016
Performance and Round Table
Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco, Peru

 

 

 

 

MARCH

 

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.

10.03-01.05.2016
Aerocene at Meta.morf Biennial
Trondheim, Norway

 

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Tomás Saraceno  Aerocene - Cloud Cities, 2015. Collage, artist's sketch.
Courtesy the artist.<br /> © Collage by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2014

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

• 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
Espace Muraille
Geneva, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

• 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.

11.02-12.03.2016
The Calder Prize 2005-2015
Pace Gallery, London

 

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

• 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.

12-20.01.2016
Salar de Uyuni
Bolivia

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

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.
www.aerocene.com

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.

04.12-10.12.2015
Aerocene sculptural installation
at Grand Palais, Solutions COP21, part of Artists 4 Paris Climate 2015
Paris

05.12.2015, at 6:30 pm
Artist talk at Grand Palais, Paris

06.12.2015, at 3 pm
Symposium at Palais de Tokyo, 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.

05.12.2015-28.02.2016
How to live? – Images of the Future from Malevich to Fujimoto
Wilhelm-Hack Museum
Ludwigshafen, Germany

 

Tomás Saraceno. "Solar Bell", 2013. Installation View, Portscapes 2, Rotterdam.
Tomás Saraceno. Solar Bell, 2013. Installation View, Portscapes 2, Rotterdam.
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2013

 

 

 

• 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.

09.12.2015-15.01.2016
I am, because of You
YUAN Art Space
Beijing, China

 

 

 

 

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
Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

• 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.

05.11-08.11.2015
Space without Rockets
White Sands Dunes, News mexico / Rubin Center, University of Texas, El Paso
USA

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

• 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.

1.10.2015-03.01.2016
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago, USA

 

Tomás Saraceno, "Hybrid musical instrument Cygnus A: built by a solitary spider Nephila kenianensis and two semi-social spiders Cyrtophora citricola", 2014
Tomás Saraceno, Hybrid musical instrument Cygnus A: built by a solitary spider Nephila Kenianensis and two semi-social spiders Cyrtophora citricola (2014)
Courtesy of the artist; Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa. <br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2014

 

 

 

• 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
Toronto, USA

 

Tomás Saraceno. "Evening Sun", 2006 The photographs were taken at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia with the support of Barbican Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Tomás Saraceno. Evening Sun, 2006. The photographs were taken at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia with the support of Barbican Art Gallery.
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Tomás Saraceno, 2006

 

 

 

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.

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.

23.10-20.12.2015
Tomás Saraceno: Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions.
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
Singapore

 

Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2014
Tomás Saraceno. Cosmic Jive: the Spider Sessions, 2014. Installation view, Museo di Villa Croce, Genoa.
Curators: Luca Cerizza and Ilaria Bonacossa.<br /> Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2014

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

• 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
Projekt Bauhaus
HKW
Berlin, Germany

 

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Tomás Saraceno. Untitled (Iceland Series), 2008.
Courtesy the artist; Tanya BonakdarGallery, New York;  Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2008

 

 

 

• 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.

 21.09.2015-04.01.2016
A Brief History of the Future
Musée du Louvre
Paris, France

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
Louvre Auditorium
Paris, France

 

Tomás Saraceno, "A Brief History of the Future", at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France, 2015.  Curated by Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Jean de Loisy and Sandra Adam-Couralet.
Tomás Saraceno. Installation view, "A Brief History of the Future", the Louvre Museum, Paris, 2015.
Curated by Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Jean de Loisy and Sandra Adam-Couralet. © Photography by Andrea Rossetti, 2015

 

 

 

• 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.

 

 

 

JUNE

 

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.

21.06-30.08.2015
Tomás Saraceno: Becoming Aerosolar
21er Haus
Vienna, Austria

 

Tomás Saraceno Becoming Aerosolar Exhibition view at Haus 21er, Belvedere, Vienna (AT) , 2015
Tomás Saraceno. Becoming Aerosolar, 2015. Installation view, 21 Haus - Belvedere, Vienna (AT).
Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. <br /> © Photography by Sophie Thun, 2015

 

 

 

APRIL

 

• 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.

 

24-25.04.2015
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.

30.04-23.08.2015
14 Billions (Working Title)
Bonniers Konsthall, SKMU, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum
Kristiansand, Norway

 

Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Installation view, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Tomás Saraceno. 14 billions (working title), 2010. Installation view, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm.
Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall.<br /> Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010

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