Tomás Saraceno (*1973 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, lives and works in Berlin) combines insights from space exploration, science fiction, and geometries found in the biological sciences. Cloud Cities, Saraceno’s most celebrated project, envisions a sustainable airborne city inspired by the morphology of soap bubbles, spider webs, cloud formations and astrophysics. Another related topic is the Antropocene. White Sands in New Mexico is one of those symbolic mark-ups that inscribe historicity of the Anthropocene. In 1945, in the White Sands Missile Range, the Trinity test of the first nuclear bomb was carried out, opening a consciousness rift never experienced before. 70 years after the Trinity test, Tomás Saraceno arrives in White Sands to start his Aerocene project, a project to face the Anthropocene and its ensuing calamities around the globe in artistic and collaborative ways.
The diptych Steps – Leaps – Footprint, 2016 conceptualizes the tension of the Anthropocene and our current ecological condition. The documentary photo from 1969 shows the footprint that Buzz Aldrin, the American astronaut, left on the dusty surface of Moon. Launching of space missions could be understood as a maximum of air mobility that in turn leaves its own footprint, and pushes the atmospheric changes of the planet. The peculiar photograph from a performance by Saraceno in White Sands depicts the diametrically opposite: an individual being lifted by cosmic forces through the sun rays heating the D-O AEC Aerocene sculpture. Feet suspended, floating above the ground, leaping, leaving no footprint. “It felt like skydiving away from Earth’s surface…” (Tomás Saraceno).
- 163,000 Light Years, MARCO, Museum for Contemporary Art, Monterrey, Mexiko (E)
- Aerocene, Solutions COP21, Grand Palais, Paris (E)
Jam Sessions, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapur (E)
Becoming Aerosolar, 21er Haus, Wien (E)
- The Spider Sessions, Villa Croce, Genua (E)
- In Orbit, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf (E)
- Cloud City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (E)
Cloud Cities, Maison Hermès, Tokio (E)
- Cloud Cities, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (E)
Cloud-Specific, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (E)
- Tomás Saraceno, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (E)