Tomás Saraceno’s oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed
by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and
engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive
installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting
and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project
for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s
vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared
radiation from the surface of Earth.
In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest
certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has
initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions,
including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck
Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the
Natural History Museum London.
He was the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’
weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider
web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions
worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecture-related Art (IAK)
at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016). He has
held residencies at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT
Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing) and Atelier
Calder (2010), among others. In 2009, Saraceno attended the
International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames. The same year he
presented a major installation at the 53rd Venice Biennale,
and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. His work has been
widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions such as Aerocene, at Solutions COP21, Grand Palais, Paris; Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions, at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Becoming Aerosolar, at 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna (all 2015); In orbit, at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf (2013–ongoing); On the Roof: Cloud City, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Cloud Cities,
at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011–12), amongst others. Saraceno’s work
is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York;
SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie,
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; among others.
Image: Tomás Saraceno, Biosphere MW32/Flying Garden/Air-Port-City, 2007. Courtesy: Tomás Saraceno. Credit: Rokma.