Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms

 

 

 

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Drift: a cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms

Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms, 2022. Installation view at Air, The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, 2022. Photography by Studio Tomas Saraceno.

Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms, 2022. Installation view at Air, The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane, 2022. Photography by Studio Tomas Saraceno.

Tomás Saraceno’s constellation of suspended mirrored spheres evokes an atmospheric space of potential, invention and suspension. Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms invites participants to ponder the question: what if we could drift with the rivers of the wind, with the breath of a more equal atmosphere, entangled in a more just socio-political geography of the air?

 

Walking through the installation we might imagine ourselves as tiny particles drifting through the air, as if carried by a single breath, or part of the motion of the universe. Saraceno speaks of stillness as illusory and Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms, 2022, ‘seeks to activate our awareness of this at micro, meso and macro scales’, he says, ‘increasing our sensitivity to the effects of our movement within the cosmos’.

 

The installation expands on Saraceno’s earlier works based on infrared radiation balloons launched into the upper reaches of the atmosphere by the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Paris, where Saraceno was artistinresidence in 2012. He explains:

 

The sculptures, made of two different lightweight materials, are experimental models and chart a path towards sustainable human flight technologies. In the world, the mirrored section would reflect the Sun’s radiation, controlling the temperature inside, preventing overheating during the day. The transparent part helps to maintain the temperature inside the envelope during the night and hence its buoyancy. It holds the infrared radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface – the solar heat the planet accumulates over a day. Drawing just enough heat, but not too much, would enable a fluctuating trajectory, a floating choreography in the air, free from fossil fuels, powered only by the thermodynamics of the planet.

COLLABORATORS

Tomás Saraceno would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the team at QAGOMA for realizing this wonderful exhibition and the installation Drift: A cosmic web of thermodynamic rhythms, 2022To all members of Studio Tomás Saraceno with whom we never stop dreaming, to the Aerocene and Museo Aero Solar communities with whom we float to free the air, and to the Arachnophilia community and archives, thank you for the never ending journey of sensitivity, learning to live with our nonhuman neighbors. For their support with the kinetic system in Drift, thank you to Konzeptwerk. And for offering the BAM tape that composes We do not all breathe the same air, gratitude goes to the Environmental Protection Agency Victoria. For their support with the kinetic system in Drift, thank you to Max Rebensburg, Johannes Klever, Simon Menzel and Lutz Hosemann. And for offering the BAM tape that composes We do not all breathe the same air, gratitude goes to the Environmental Protection Agency Victoria. As well, for their endless support special thanks to neugerriemschneider (Berlin), as well as Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (New York/Los Angeles), Andersen’s Contemporary (Copenhagen),  Pinksummer Contemporary Art (Genoa), and Ruth Benzacar (Buenos Aires).

 

 

 

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