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Carte Blanche to Tomás Saraceno. On Air

The exhibition On Air  is an emerging ecosystem that hosts a choreography of multiple voices belonging to human and non-human universes and in which works reveal common, fragile and ephemeral rhythms and trajectories linking these worlds. On Air is comprised of the myriad presences, animate and inanimate, that meet and cohabit within it.

The exhibition functions as an ensemble, revealing the strength of the various entities floating in the air and the ways in which they interact with us: from CO2 to cosmic dust, from radio waves to reimagined corridors of movement. Thus, when breath becomes air, the invisible histories that compose the nature of which we are part invite us to poetically reimagine our ways of inhabiting the world—and of being human.

As industrial extraction mines the Earth for resources, threatening entire ecologies, On Air celebrates new ways of thinking and new modes of knowledge production that point the way to a planet free of borders and fossil fuels. In so doing, the exhibition responds to the debate and global challenges posed by the Anthropocene, a word coined to define an epoch in which human activity leaves an impact so great that it profoundly modifies terrestrial ecosystems.

On Air gathers numerous collaborators and collaborations, bringing together scientific institutions, research groups, activists, local communities, visitors, musicians, philosophers, non-human animals, and celestial phenomena, all of whom collectively take part in the evolution of the exhibition. Workshops, concerts, and public talks will regularly transform the exhibition into a “cosmic jam session,” animating On Air with new encounters and assemblies that appear out of this togetherness as part of nascent rhythms of interspecies solidarity.

Curator: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

Jamming with spiders concerts program:
October 26: Alvin Lucier
November 23: Evan Ziporyn
December 14: Éliane Radigue

On Air, carte blanche to Tomás Saraceno, with:
Holocnemus pluchei, Éliane Radigue, Psechrus jaegeri, Bruno Latour, Bise, Argiope lobata, PM 2.5, Mitchell Akiyama, Air, Caesium-137, Peter Jäger, Mark Wigley, 1.62 m/s², Yannick Guedon, Tegenaria domestica, Christina Dunbar-Hester, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Anselm Franke, Sagittarius A*, Yasmil Raymond, Vinciane Despret, GW170817, Milovan Farronato, CO, Maximiliano Laina, Andrea Belfi, Isabelle Su, (C8H8)n, Estelle Zhong Mengual, Cyanobacteria, Michael Marder, Nephila senegalensis, Turritopsis dohrnii, Nephila edulis, Philip Ursprung, Sasha Engelmann, Theridiidae sp, Christine Southworth, Linyphia triangularis, Nick Shapiro, Alberto-László Barabási, Markus J. Buehler, Peggy S. M. Hill, Larinioides sclopetarius, Sam Hertz, Linyphiidae sp, Cyclosa conica, 51 Pegasi b, Bertrand Gauguet, Emidio Giorgio, Nephila inaurata, Anna-Sophie Springer, Zygiella x-notata, Lodovica Illari, Fecenia sp, Pm3n (223), Gabriele Uhl, Steatoda triangulosa, Freifunk Antenna, 9.789 m/s2, Jonathan Ledgard, Eben Kirksey, Robert Barry, Porous Chondrite, Argyroneta aquatica, Jo Grys, Débora Switsun, Glenn Flierl, Badumna longinqua, pm, Parasteatoda tepidariorum, Eratigena atrica, Primavera de Filippi, <10 Hz, Ingo Allekotte, Christian Spiering, Yellow dwarf star, Veronica Fiorito, CO2, Stavros Katsanevas, Mistral, Anna Lena Vaney, Marie Thébaud-Sorger, Ozone, Jol Thomson, Nicolas Arnaud, Soot, Caroline A. Jones, Alberto de Campo, Panda algorithm, Hannes Hoelzl, Brandon LaBelle, U, Etienne Turpin, Alex Jordan, Megan Prelinger, VOC, PM10, Carol Robinson, Jens Hauser, Valerio Boschi, Julia Eckhardt, Christine Rollard, 6.62607004 × 10-34 m2 kg/s, João Ribas, Whales, David Haskell, Leila W. Kinney, CHO, Giorgio Riccobene, Bill McKenna, Cyrtophora citricola, Claudie Haigneré, Neriene peltata, Steatoda grossa, Hg, Philoponella alata, d’bi.young anitafrika, Frédérique Ait-Touati, Anelosimus studiosus, Fernando Ferroni, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Sofia Lemos, Aerocene Explorer, Argiope bruennichi, Neriene clathrata, Luca Cerizza, Derek McCormack, Manuel Platino, Chondrite, Alvin Lucier, Paschal Coyle, Salvatore Viola, Filipa Ramos, (C2H4)n, Timothy Choy, HD 209458 b, Andrea Familari, Li, Steve Torchinsky, 20 Hz, Jussi Parikka, Cumulonimbus, Sarodia Vydelingum, Alberto Etchegoyen, Enoplognatha ovata, Latrodectus geometricus, Vincenzo Napolano, siberian tiger, Claude Vallee, OGLE-2005-BLG-390, Agelena labyrinthica, Benjamin Bratton, Beatriz Garcia, 1 Hz, Heinrich Jaeger, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Museo Aerosolar, Evan Ziporyn…

Tomás Saraceno thanks: Aerocene Foundation, Airparif, BIENALSUR / Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, CCK / Sistema Federal de Medios y Contenidos Públicos / Argentina, European Gravitational Observatory, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelleContinue Reading..


Tomas Saraceno. 14 Billions (Working Title)

14 Billions (Working Title) is one of several works the artist has made using the spiderweb as a starting point. His fascination with the spiderweb and how astrophysicists use it to explain the origin and structure of the universe was the impetus for the installation.

Tomás Saraceno is both an architect and an artist. He is noted for making utopian installations that combine science, art and architecture. Saraceno is interested in how scientific inventions can lead to a more sustainable society, and he allows art to have a central role in visualizing and testing out different visions of the future.

14 Billions (Working Title) (2010) is an enormous model of the web of a black widow – a poisonous spider. The public are invited to walk around and through this installation, which consists of 8,000 black elastic bands stretching from floor to ceiling and held together with 23,000 individual knots.

Saraceno was initially curious about how scientists use the spider web as a metaphor to describe the universe’s origin and structure. To make the work, he collaborated for two years with arachnologists, strophysicists, architects and engineers. The project’s research material is also on show.

This installation is one of several of Saraceno’s works dealing with spider webs and their relation to architecture and cosmology – the web’s social and symbolic value is also elucidated.

Tomás Saraceno was born in Argentina in 1973 and lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany. Sørlandets Kunstmuseum is grateful to Bonniers Konsthall for loaning the work and for assistance in planning the exhibition project.

Image: Tomás Saraceno, 14 Billions (Working Title), 2010. Elastic black rope, hooks, 8,330 x 7,630 x 5,000 mm. Courtesy of Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Press Contact:
Karl Olav Segrov Mortensen, +4738074917 e-mail: karl.olav@skmu.no

Opening: 30 April, 7–8pm

SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum
Skippergata 24B
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–4pm,
Thursday 11am–8pm, Sunday noon–4pm

Tomas Saraceno
dal 30 aprile al 23 agosto 2015