Tomás Saraceno’s (b.1973, Argentina) 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 in 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), among others. Saraceno’s work is included in various collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin.
Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.
STUDIO TOMÁS SARACENO
After studying art and architecture in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt am Main, and Venice, Tomás Saraceno established his studio in Frankfurt am Main in 2005. The studio relocated to Berlin in 2012 and, after a brief interim, moved into the former administrative building of Actien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrication (AGFA) in Berlin-Rummelsburg. The studio gradually activated and renovated the previously unoccupied building, which was constructed in 1916, and the neighboring multi-story factory. Employees from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including designers, architects, anthropologists, biologists, engineers, art historians, curators, and musicians work in the hybrid environment of office, workshop, and the Arachnid Research Laboratory.
The Arachnid Research Laboratory’s undertakings open up potential ways of reconnecting and recalibrating our attention and senses to our nonhuman kin, often unnoticed. Through expanding its networks of inquiry and collaboration, the Lab seeks to invent innovative, playful and engaging platforms for bringing research discourse into the public sphere.
Over the past years, this has lead to an opening up of the research at Studio Tomás Saraceno into the fields of biomateriomics, bioacoustics, animal social behaviour and ethology, among others – via in-house research expertise and a close collaborative scientific network. These research inquiries become a way of engaging speculatively, but also sensitively, with the forms of life that exist all around us. In an era of ecological upheaval, there is a perceived imperative for anthropocentric worlds to re-attune to other species and more-than-human ways of inhabiting our shared planet. These artistic and scientific enquiries can enable new hybrid encounters and relationships, involving multiple entities: from spiders to humans, from gravitational waves to particles of dust.
Studio Tomás Saraceno is comprised of Lars Behrendt, Fabiola Bierhoff, Saverio Cantoni, Aurélien Calpas, Claudia Melendez, Javier Rosenberg, and Sonia d’Agrain, Duncan Anderson, Mateo Argerich, Manuela Azcona-Mazure, Scott Barnes, Prateek Bajpai, Ally Bisshop, Irina Bogdan, Sascha Boldt, Viola Cafuli, Viola Castellano, Yoonseo Cha, Tathiana Chaves, Connie Chester, Filippo Corato, Carola Dietrich, Joaquin Ezcurra, Gwilym Faulkner, Sara Ferrer, Chris Filippini, Luca Girardini, Canice Grant, Samantha Grob, Ricardo Gomes, Charles Gonzalez, Alice Hall, Martin Heller, Mariana de Heredia, Marina Höxter, Adam Hudec, Eric Jones, Jennifer Jordan, Katja Kaiser, Georgi Kazlachev, Elisa Kofol, Christos Kollias, Yelta Köm, Nemanja Kordic, Dario Lagana, Rosalie Laurin, Alice Lamperti, Steef van Lent, Camilla Lundell, Lisa Lurati, Tobias Lange, Rosalie Laurin, Davide Luciani, Lisa Lurati, Dominik Hildebrand, Vicente Macellari, Roxanne Mackie, Thomas McBride, Pepe Menéndez-Conde, Claudia Melendez, Jillian Meyer, Victoria Mohr, Olivia Moore, Roland Muehlethaler, Jörg Niemann, Lea Nikou, Jaime Norambuena, Aurelia Nowak, Aisha Pagnes, Joshua de Paiva, Tania Patritti, Martina Pelacchi, Marco Pittaluga, Manie Du Plessis, Brendan Power, Diego Puerto, Matthew Raven, Claudia Rech, Patrick Reddy, Antoine Renard, Michele Rinaldi, Sophie Rzepecky, Raj Sandhu, Jazmin Scherone, Hans-Martin Schlesier, Aysegul Seyhan, Sebastian Steinboeck, Sven Steudte, Judith Strassenberger, James Sundermann, Anna Thor, Ilka Tödt, Hannah-Lee Turner, Deha Uzbas, Desirée Valdes, Violette Vanderlinden, Zaida Violan, Filippo Vogliazzo, Erik Vogler, Philip Weber, Flora Weil, Beatrice Zaidenberg, Davide Zucco.
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