Acqua Alta: en Clave de Sol
Spider/Web Pavilion 7
Tomás Saraceno at the Venice Biennale 2019
Arachnophilia Community Meeting with MIT Professor Markus J Buehler
On the Disappearance of Clouds
Spider/Web Oracle Readings Program
Webs of At-tent(s)ion
Beyond the Cradle 2019: Space and the Arts
Engadin Art Talks: Grace and Gravity
A Thermodynamic Imaginary
The Politics of Solar Rhythms: Cosmic Levitation
Living at the bottom of the ocean of air (Underwater spider)
Sounding the Air
Passages of Time
Particular Matter(s) Jam Session
How to entangle the universe in a spider/web?
Art Basel Miami – Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Tomás Saraceno
“ON AIR live with…”
Our Interplanetary Bodies
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
14 Billions (Working Title)
On Space Time Foam
Poetic Cosmos of the Breath
Galaxies Forming along Filaments, like Droplets along the Strands of a Spider’s Web
The Argyroneta aquatica is a spider that lives mostly underwater. Contrary to most aquatic animals, it is not equipped with gills. Its breathing apparatus comes from terrestrial life forms.
To survive underwater, the Argyroneta aquatica dwells in a diving bell embracing its abdomen and most of its legs. The bead is secured with a few threads of silk in order to resist contact with plants or predators.
Over time, the oxygen content of the diving bell eventually becomes depleted, at which point the spider returns to the surface to collect more air to replenish its underwater home.
Rather than separating the aqueous from the atmospheric, this floating droplet of air is a permeable membrane across which the junction of those two worlds occurs. It allows the spider to breathe underwater.
This unique behaviour tackles the capacity of certain species to transform their way of life to adapt to new environments. The underwater spider is an invitation for biospeculation. It questions the possible future of our environment. Will humans someday be able to live in and with the air?
Living at the bottom of the ocean of air (Underwater spider), 2018 (excerpt)
Single-channel video, 16:9, FullHD, black and white, Dolby 5.1 sound, 8’36’’.
Courtesy of the artist, Andersen’s, Copenhagen.
The artwork benefits from the support of Christian Just Linde.