Acqua Alta: en Clave de Sol
Tomás Saraceno at the Venice Biennale 2019
Arachnophilia Community Meeting with MIT Professor Markus J Buehler
Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program
Spider/Web Pavilion 7
On the Disappearance of Clouds
Beyond the Cradle 2019: Space and the Arts
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A Thermodynamic Imaginary
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Sounding the Air
Passages of Time
Particular Matter(s) Jam Session
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Art Basel Miami – Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Tomás Saraceno
“ON AIR live with…”
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Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities
How to Entangle the Universe in a Spider Web
163,000 Light Years
Cosmic Jive: The Spider Sessions
Ring Bell — Solar Orchestra and the Wind Structures
On Space Time Foam
14 Billions (Working Title)
Poetic Cosmos of the Breath
Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strands of a Spider’s Web
The city of Venice developed an alarm system to warn against high water. Sixteen sirens are spread around the six sestieri to warn that acqua alta is expected to reach the city within two to four hours. The tones rise in correspondence to the 4 levels of flooding. The sound work Acqua Alta: En Clave de Sol speculates on how the floating city might sound in a hundred years, its vulnerable ecology completely submerged under the quick-flowing tides, its foundations eroded by the overexploitation of the soil and water.
The original alarm recordings become the starting point for a sound composition that amplifies the inaudible score of global warming. Six speakers distributed around the Gaggiandre acoustically expand the ebb and flow of the Arsenale’s waters, on their six hour cycle. The climatic soundscape reverberates to the predictions of ocean swelling to come over the next decades. Water is expected to cover entire territories whilst simultaneously exposing geopolitical inequalities that will see more than two billion climate refugees by the end of 2100.
The intermittent signal resounds through the Gaggiandre at the frequency of the tidal phases, making audible the urgent voices of sea levels as they rise, its lifeforms and the anthropogenic noise pollution that affects them. Synchronously, the sun draws sound waves in light of acqua alta, reflecting a score in elemental motion, composing in clave de sol. In the blurred figure of space, nudging and bending as the waters rise, we come to understand that we rely on a reciprocal alliance between the elements and effects, the shifting winds, the exchange of heat and momentum and the rippling pull of the lunar cycle.