FB_icon Google_icon arrow-down arrow-menu arrow-up lightbox_arrow lightbox_close lightbox_fullscreen lightbox_related_pro http://tomassaraceno.com/wp-content/themes/saraceno-v2

Tomás Saraceno

163,000 Light Years

"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016

“A film that lasts 163,000 years, the length of time that it takes for the light that is traveling through space, to reach the Earth… What you see in a film, as in the sky, is always the past… It is, actually, the light that was emitted from the Large Magellanic Cloud 163,000 years ago… We, earthlings, are always convicted to watch the past…

It is a film that if you were able to watch till the end, could become the present, as the soundtrack you hear comes from the collision of two large black-holes, 1.3 billion years ago, that is being now projected on Earth. Spacetime is not a fixed construction, but rather it is an action that can warp the length of the film before its end. Similarly to the waves that animate the surface of the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia, where the film was shot, gravitational waves ripple spacetime in waxing and waning movements warping a linear conception of time. Different temporalities appear, dimensions are projected, and epochs redefined: we are now becoming more-than-human or, for the first time, hopefully human. This is the light seen by the prehistoric spiders, hopefully not the only spectators of this film, which is eclipsed now. We are entering a new dimension, a new Era, from the Anthropocene to Aerocene… 163,000 years in action now…”
(Tomás Saraceno, 2016)

163,000 Light Years presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico, from June 30 to November 04, 2016. Curated by Gonzalo Ortega.

 

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert.
The Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal in the Atacama Desert.

 

 

 

“Very large telescope-Paranal Chile – the dryer place on earth as the window to the life in the cosmos

…The idea of a surface that has been used to calibrate telescopes from outer space: the analogy of humans trying to find life on another planet, and the analogy of telescopes; the fact that human optical devices to seek life forms in outer space have been tuned using this surface, under which a cyanobacteria, the ancestral producer of oxygen, lives…”

(Tomás Saraceno, 2016)

 

 

Expedition to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, January 2016. Commissioned by MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
Expedition to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, January 2016. Commissioned by MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016<br />

 

 

 

Salt flats are ideal for calibrating the distance measurement equipment of satellites because they are large, stable surfaces with strong reflection, similar to that of ice sheets. As the largest salt flat on Earth, Salar de Uyuni is especially suitable for this purpose. In the low-rain period from April to November, due to the absence of industry and its high elevation, the skies above Salar de Uyuni are very clear, and the air is dry. It has a stable surface which is smoothed by seasonal flooding (water dissolves the salt surface and thus keeps it leveled).

“The dry limit of life in the Atacama Desert is one of the few places on Earth where we can investigate the transition from a habitable environment to an un-inhabitable environment by moving across the mountain barriers that isolate the core of the Atacama from water availability.  The Atacama Desert is also one of the oldest deserts in the world with an aridity age of about 15-20 million years. It is the best place to research what the extraterrestrial life-forms might be like…” 
(Chris McKay, astrobiologist)

 

 

 

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.<br /> Photography by Andrea Rossetti, © 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

The diving bell spider rehearsing towards new orbits:
Argyroneta aquatica is the only known specie
that spends all its life under the water,
in an air bubble…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outer space seems not so unfamiliar, 2014. Work on paper.
Outer space seems not so unfamiliar, 2014. Work on paper.
Published by Niels Borch Jensen Editions, Copenhagen-Berlin<br /> Printed by Mette Ulstrup and Julie Dam.<br /> Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; 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.
"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
Tomás Saraceno. "Arachno Concert. With Arachne (Nephila senegalensis), Cosmic Dust (Porous chondrite) and the Breathing Ensemble ", 2016.
Tomás Saraceno. "Arachno Concert. With Arachne (Nephila senegalensis), Cosmic Dust (Porous chondrite) and the Breathing Ensemble ", 2016.
Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016
The constellations Orion (centre), Taurus (upper right) and Canis Major (lower left).
The constellations Orion (centre), Taurus (upper right) and Canis Major (lower left).
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
"Event Horizon 270 light years", 2016 . Two-channel video (color, silent), video stills. Commissioned by marco, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey.
Courtesy the artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.<br /> © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2016

 

 

The comprehensive Exhibition Catalogue (ENG/ ESP) has been published on the occasion of the exhibition.

"163,000 Light Years" exhibition catalogue. Cover, 2016
"163,000 Light Years" exhibition catalogue. Cover, 2016

 

 

Press Selection | 163,000 Light Years

Mendoza Lemus, Gustavo. Ofrece Saraceno Mirada del cosmos desde el arte. 30 June, 2016. Milenio.

MARCO Museo. Mini tour Tomás Saraceno. 163 mil años luz. 7 July, 2016. Video.

MARCO Museo. Entrevista con el curador de la exposición de Tomás Saraceno. 11 July, 2016. Video.

A des années-lumières avec Tomás Saraceno. 1 August, 2016. Arts Hebdo.

Quiroga Mendoza, Ricardo. El arte multidisciplinario de Saraceno, en el MARCO. 2 July, 2016. El Universal.

García Rico, Mario Alberto. Ciento sesenta y tres mil años luz, de Tomás Saraceno. 6 September, 2016. Revista Código.

Tsesarsky, Dina. In pictures: the W* photography desk’s 2016 digest of visual inspiration. 23 December, 2016. Wallpaper Magazine.

 

 

…. ON PLANET EARTH … NOW IN BERLIN
STUDIO TOMÁS SARACENO
REPRESENTED BY ARTIST TOMÁS SARACENO

Hauptstrasse 11/12
10317 Lichtenberg
Berlin, Germany
info@t-saraceno.org

contact:

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Andersen’s Contemporary Art
Pinksummer Contemporary Art
Esther Schipper