Songs for the Air
Invertebrate Rights for “Down to Earth”
Fly with Aerocene Pacha
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
Sundial for Spatial Echoes
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
Sounding the Air
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 subliminal depths of radio are charged with the resonating echoes of tribal horns and antique drums. This is inherent in the very nature of this medium, with its power to turn the psyche and society into a single echo chamber.” —Marshall McLuhan.
Radio Galena is a mineral sonic sculpture. It comprises a stone wrapped in wire, which is not connected to the electrical grid. It uses neither batteries nor solar panels, and yet, it can function as a radio in certain parts of the atmosphere, entering into reverberation and receiving radio waves. It acts like a traditional crystal receptor, one of the first radio receptors ever invented. This “talking stone” focuses our attention on early and neglected forms of sound technology and tunes us into ecological frequencies. In the recent past, crystal radios were used as clandestine receivers in times of war, when regular radios were confiscated from civilians. Radio Galena can receive signals from the Mapuche radio station, which is used by a group of indigenous inhabitants in southern Argentina who advocate for their legal claim to land autonomy.
The concept of this stone reflects the multiplicity of our existence on Earth, and its signals can sometimes sound like a murmured warning against its undermining temporariness. One can imagine that geological strata are forming the book of Earth’s history. Each stone then becomes one sentence telling the history of its deep time. This radio stone questions us: How could the Earth reverberate differently if we attuned to “geological broadcasting” in a post–fossil fuel regime?
Galena Stone, copper wire, epoxy resin, high impedance headphones, AM Transmitter.
Tomás Saraceno thanks Rafael Railaf and Mapuche Foundation FOUL.
Courtesy of the artist and Radio Mapuche at Multicultural Amsterdam Radio and Television,
Andersen’s, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles; Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin.
© Tomás Saraceno
With Radio Galena, Tomás Saraceno was the 2017 recipient of the OGR Award, the sound art prize awarded by Artissima.