1 June to 3 September 2017
Opening: 31 May, 6 pm
In cooperation with the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
Switzerland’s first large solo exhibition of the internationally renowned Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno (born in 1973 in San Miguel de Tucumán, lives and works in Berlin) will be held in summer 2017.
With his room-filling installations created at the interface of art, architecture and the natural sciences, he speculates on future forms of more-than-human coexistence that could improve ecological and social links, informed by artistic research. As a qualified architect who also attended Thomas Bayrle’s master class at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Saraceno’s interests span across structural studies to biology to atmospheric physics.
For many years, Saraceno has researched spiders and their webs. Together with arachnologists, he has set up open frames in his studio that house around 300 spiders. A total of twelve species inhabits the frames, classified as solitary, semi-social and social. Saraceno lets the spiders encounter each other’s nets, and observes new, hybrid web structures forming, conceptually alluding to hypermodern cityscapes.
A part of the exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv will showcase this research. In addition, Saraceno will present the “Aerocene” project that he has initiated. The project involves air-filled sculptures that are able to float powered solely by natural thermal currents (caused by solar radiation and the infrared radiation from the Earth’s surface) and are therefore not reliant on fossil fuels, inert gases, solar cells or batteries. Saraceno describes his vision of a more ecological and sustainable territory in the air – something he refers to as “Cloud Cities” –: “Aerocene begins now as a past-becoming-future technology. […] In the near future, it will define the age of the post-fossil-fuel travel, a pace of living that is in tune and at the whim of the wind.”
This exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalog (in German and English).