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Tomás Saraceno

14 Billions

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. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
Tomas Saraceno : 14 Billions (workings title) at Bonniers Konsth
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. 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. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saraceno spent two years developing 14 Billions (Working Title) in collaboration with arachnologists, astrophysicists, architects and engineers. The sculpture was doused with a reflective quality that seeks correspondences and analogies between the various scales and levels of existence, between theories of the genesis of galaxies and the logic of the growth of spiders’ webs. This research led to a large-scale installation that depicts a Black Widow spider’s web on a 1:17 scale, exhibited at Bonniers Konsthall and at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in 2010. The sculpture is composed of 8,000 black strings connected by over 23,000 individually tied knots, spanning 400 cubic meters.

 

 

© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
" class="fullscreen photoswipe" title="See gallery"> Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Installation view, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall.
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.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010

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. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
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. 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. Reconstruction process, 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. Reconstruction process, 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.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Reconstruction process, 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. Reconstruction process, 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.

 

 

“The desire to understand and give visual form to the way that matter holds together has led Saraceno further and further into the innermost, fundamental structures of the universe. In a series of works he has found his way into astrophysics and biology, to seek correspondences and analogies between the various scales and levels of existence; between theories of the genesis of galaxies and the logic of the growth of spiders’ webs. (…) When enlarged, the spider’s web’s enormous composite structure of tunnels, concentrations, nodes, offshoots and opaque patterns that follow a logic that is difficult for a human being to master, appears as an extremely effective entrapment technology developed over thousands of years. We find ourselves fascinated by its immense beauty. But also struck by the fact that the web is a grandiose image of what we both can and cannot do. We do not share in the spider’s knowledge. We have to stop at depiction, which, in its necessary abstraction and simplification, in itself bears witness to the limits of our knowledge.”

(Sara Arrhenius, Intergalactic spiders, in 14 Billions, 2011)

Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Reconstruction process, 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. Reconstruction process, 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.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Reconstruction process, 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. Reconstruction process, 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.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010

Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. Reconstruction process, 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. Reconstruction process, 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.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010

Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. List of numbered segments and segment lenght in meters, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall.
Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. List of numbered segments and segment lenght in meters, 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. © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010
" class="fullscreen photoswipe" title="See gallery"> Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. 3-D file is prepared for the installation, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Commissioned by Bonniers Konsthall.
Tomás Saraceno. "14 Billions (working title)", 2010. 3-D file is prepared for the installation, 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. © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

“In nature spiders earn our respect by constructing fascinating, well-organised webs in all shapes and sizes. But the beauty masks a cruel, fatal trap. Analogously, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has found a large galaxy 10.6 thousand million light-years away from Earth that is stuffing itself with smaller galaxies caught like flies in a web of gravity. The galaxy is so far away that astronomers are seeing it as it looked in the early formative years of the Universe, only 2 thousand million years after the Big Bang. The Hubble image shows the Spiderweb Galaxy sitting at the centre of an emergent galaxy cluster, surrounded by hundreds of other galaxies from the cluster.”

(The ACS Science Team and Davide de Martin, Astrophysical Journal Letters October issue, 2006)

From "Millennium Simulation", by Volker Springel, 2005
From "Millennium Simulation", by Volker Springel, 2005
© Max Planck Institute, 2005

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