Tomás Saraceno - Aerosolar Journeys
11/02 - 30/04/2017
That art can change the world is something of which the internationally renowned researcher among contemporary artists, Tomás Saraceno (born 1973, in San Miguel, Argentina), is convinced. He studied Art and Architecture at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, before relocating to Europe in 2001. Other stages in his education were the Städelschule in Germany (under Thomas Bayrle) and Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia (under Hans Ulrich Obrist and Olafur Eliasson). Today, Saraceno lives and works in Berlin, where he and his team are working on coming exhibition projects.
The 43-year-old views his work as a process of constant artistic and multidisciplinary research that pursues the idea of a “realizable utopia”. Inspired by physical and biological phe-nomena such as the thermodynamics of the atmosphere or web structures among spiders, he works together with biologists, engineers or architects to create large-format sculptures and installations that are forever causing a stir in the international art world. His works con-tinue the visionary spirit of Constructivism, the way that Kasimir Malevich or El Lissitzky dreamt of flying buildings. In response to global, ecological issues and problems, Saraceno’s works are intended as models for future, sustainable life forms.
The exhibition at Wilhelm Hack Museum is the first comprehensive presentation of the latest of Tomás Saraceno’s visions: Aerocene, the Air era. The project involves developing a wide array of flying sculptures that can fly purely thanks to thermals, without engines, gas, fossil fuels or solar cells. By day, the sculptures gain updraft solely through the heat of the sun, at night from the infrared radiation of the Earth’s surface. Initial trial flights have already taken place and pilots have been specially trained. During the exhibition period there will be a test flight starting at Berlin’s Schönefeld airfield and which will be streamed live.
Tomás Saraceno has collaborated with NASA, the French space agency CNES, and currently works with MIT. Initiated as an art project, the Aerocene vision swiftly developed with a group of artists, designers, scientists and activists into a forum for ecological problems such as acute environmental pollution or the reliance on fossil and carbon-dioxide based fuels. In the context of the current energy crisis, Tomás Saraceno and his Aerocene community seek solutions for sustainable travel, life and research to protect the Earth’s biodiversity in the long term. The latest invention, the Aerocene Explorer, is a control-line flight starter kit, enabling anyone to fly without fuel or a motor, so that anyone can have a personal Aerocene experience. An Explorer kit can be borrowed free of charge from the Museum.
Alongside several fascinating Aerocene sculptures, the exhibition will also highlight the infancy of Aerocene research: The Museo Aero Solar, a massive sculpture made of recycled plastic bags that will resemble a walk-through cathedral to sustainability at the Wilhelm Hack Museum. The spherical sculpture is likewise a thermal flying object where the updraft is pro-vided solely by solar heat. During the exhibition, the Aero studio will produce a new Museo Aero Solar on site. All visitors are cordially invited to collect used plastic bags and turns them at the Museum into their own sustainability sculptures.
The presentation will be rounded out by large-format photographs, for example of outdoor flying actions, film footage, and another hands-on action: the Cloud Lab, a lab in which a new Cloudy House will be made. The Cloudy House is a three-dimensional vision of a life-world composed of a system of small modules. Here, too, we can witness how in his experi-mental works and sculptures Tomás Saraceno transposes network structures from nature onto architecture and real space and urban planning. In the Cloud Lab visitors can use white, precut cards to build small Cloud cubes and thus help create a new visionary life-space.