“A Thermodynamic Imaginary” – Tomás Saraceno at MAAT Oval Gallery

March 19, 2018

A Thermodynamic Imaginary presents a new immersive ensemble of sculptures from this ongoing project, including existing and new pieces that allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new attunements between humans, more-than-human beings and the Earth system, reaching an ethical commitment with the sun, the atmosphere, and the planet.

 

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

 

In the upcoming Spring, MAAT presents a wide range of exhibitions in which the theme of climate change stands out. Following the acclaim of Bill Fontana’s Shadow Soundings sound and video installation, which received more than 70.000 visitors, on March 21 MAAT’s Oval Gallery will host a new large-scale commission by Tomás Saraceno.  In the fifth intervention at this iconic space, the artist imagines the Aerocene, a future in which humans will live in solar and wind-powered aerial cities. On April 11, Eco-Visionaries, our second international “manifesto-exhibition”, invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation.


 

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“A Thermodynamic Imaginary – Tomás Saraceno”
21 March – 27 August, 2018
MAAT Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology
Av. Brasília, Central Tejo 300-598 Lisboa
Portugal

 


The Spring programme includes a solo show by Portuguese artist Miguel Palma, a new installation in MAAT’s Project Room with a vast selection of works on paper completed over the course of the last two decades and reflecting on the artist’s ironic reactions to contemporary issues of technology, ecology and politics, Finally, at MAAT Central Station, the Stefan Sagmeister’s Happy Show will give us some clues on how to maintain our happiness levels in the face of great challenges.

 

HEALIANTHUS AND THE EXPLORER QUARTET, 2017 Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation. This image by Aerocene Foundation is licensed under the open source Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.

HEALIANTHUS AND THE EXPLORER QUARTET, 2017 Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation. This image by Aerocene Foundation is licensed under the open source Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.

Aerocene, 2015 From the oceanographic expedition to Solomon Islands upon the invitation of TBA21 Academy. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno

Aerocene, 2015 From the oceanographic expedition to Solomon Islands upon the invitation of TBA21 Academy. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno

 

A THERMODYNAMIC IMAGINARY – TOMÁS SARACENO

In August 1709, the Portuguese priest and naturalist Bartolomeu de Gusmão accomplished, for the first time, the feat of elevating a heavier-than-air object into the air. This would become the first hot air balloon ever built, preceding the Montgolfier brothers by eight decades. Three hundred years later, artist Tomás Saraceno began to create sculptures which defy gravity, floating in the air merely heated by the sun, leaving behind the use of helium or fuel. These pieces also form the basis for the Aerocene Foundation which, as the artist explains, “embodies a new interplanetary ecology of practice which could reconnect with elemental sources of energy and strata coming from the sun and other planets, breaking the boundaries of the sublunary.

 

Tomás Saraceno DH Tau b/M+Mb, 2016 Courtesy the artist; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno DH Tau b/M+Mb, 2016 Courtesy the artist; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno DH Tau b/M+Mb, 2016 Courtesy the artist; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno DH Tau b/M+Mb, 2016 Courtesy the artist; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno

 

We can now think to move together towards an aerosolar ethos, embodying an ever more entangled relationship with the atmosphere, the air and the cosmos. “ A Thermodynamic Imaginary presents a new immersive ensemble of sculptures from this ongoing project, including existing and new pieces that allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new attunements between humans, more-than-human beings and the Earth system, reaching an ethical commitment with the sun, the atmosphere, and the planet.

 

Tomás Saraceno Aerosolar Journeys Solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, curated by Sabine Schaschl.Courtesy the artist; Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017

Tomás Saraceno Aerosolar Journeys Solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, curated by Sabine Schaschl.Courtesy the artist; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017

AEROCENE FLOAT PREDICTOR, 2017 – ONGOING Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation. Image by Aerocene Foundation licensed under the open source Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.

AEROCENE FLOAT PREDICTOR, 2017 – ONGOING Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation. Image by Aerocene Foundation licensed under the open source Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.


 

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