tomàs saraceno's 'on space time foam': a billowing aerial landscape
tomàs saraceno's 'on space time foam': a billowing aerial landscape
nov 01, 2012
tomàs saraceno's 'on space time foam': a billowing aerial landscape


tomàs saraceno’s ‘on space time foam': a billowing aerial landscape
image © alessandro cocco

 

 

 

designboom met with argentinian artist tomàs saraceno to discuss his latest work ‘on space time foam’ on show at the hangar bicocca in milan, italy until the 3rd of february, 2013. saraceno is well known for conceiving large-scale aerial artworks, with this most recent iteration at the hangar, curated by andrea lissoni, no exception – a multi-layered installation of translucent PVC  membranes suspended 24 meters above the ground.

 


a video showing visitors interacting with the artwork
video © designboom

 

 

 

informed by the tradition of 20th-century utopian architecture the project is an extension of saraceno’s earlier project ‘cloud cities’ which designboom covered here – articulating saraceno’s interest in the desire to create self-sufficient aerial structures that can be inhabited by people with a low environmental impact. the billowing landscape is made up of various levels where each one supports a different atmospheric climate, this air pressure then reacts to the movement and clambering of its visitors. every step, every securing grasp feeds the artwork in a unique way – a symbiotic relationship between user and structure, one cannot survive without the other for the concept to truly function. the work can only be sincerely understood through meaningful interaction, one cannot anticipate the experience with ‘on space time foam’ until faced with the prospect of its influence – a visitor can move from a feeling of complete liberation to allegorical suffocation –
surprise, delight or fear without knowing when.


the billowing landscape is made up of various levels where each one supports a different atmospheric climate
image © alessandro cocco

 

 

 

the installation can be considered a product of research into quantam and string theories that assert the elemental component of human existence. generating form and concept based on the subatomic planck realm – where physical theories of wormholes and multiverses exist – to mimic what can be described as an elastic membrane which can curve, warp, stretch and contract. the work, which required months of testing, will be continued with a project saraceno will realize throughout a residency at the massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) and in a later version, ‘on space time foam’ is expected to become a floating biosphere above the maldives islands that is made inhabitable with solar panels and desalinated water.


the concept is informed by the tradition of 20th-century utopian architecture
image © designboom

 

 

 

the work is a cohesive, extraordinary culmination of the artist’s fascination and knowledge of airborne biospheres – merging theoretical frameworks and knowledge from engineering, physics, chemistry, aeronautics and materials science for a greater insight into not only future societies, but the human condition.


the work articulates saraceno’s interest in the desire to create self-sufficient aerial structures that can be inhabited by people with a low environmental impact
image © designboom


every step, every securing grasp feeds the artwork in a unique way
image © designboom


the installation can be considered a product of research into quantam and string theories that assert the elemental component of human existence
image © designboom


in the future, ‘on space time foam’ is expected to become a floating biosphere above the maldives islands that is made inhabitable with solar panels and desalinated water
image © designboom


the work will be continued with a project saraceno will realize throughout a residency at the massachusetts institute of technology (MIT)
image © designboom


image © designboom


viewing the artwork from ground level
image © designboom


the work is a multi-layered installation of translucent PVC membranes suspended 24 meters above the ground
image © designboom


image © designboom


tomàs saraceno
portrait © designboom


designboom discusses with tomàs saraceno his latest work ‘on space time foam’
video © designboom

 

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