Our Interplanetary Bodies

Tomás Saraceno
July 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Borrowing the Aerocene’s shapes and premises, the spheres postulate free movement in the air and incorporate Saraceno’s vision for future dwelling, based on elemental, planetary energy, rather than a dependence on fossil fuels.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Entering into the exhibition space, the visitor encounters the interconnected spherical bodies, dimly illuminated from inside, and enmeshed in a network that holds them together. This constellation of spheres stems from Saraceno’s long term project Aerocene, which drifts with the buoyancy earned by the sun’s heat, which creates a temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the sphere.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

On the other wall of the exhibition space, the audience bear witness to the unpredictable movements of abstract points, projected upon the 22 meters wide, 11.5 meters high black screen. This video projection is a live broadcast of illuminated cosmic dust particles as they move about in the air of the exhibition space.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

The interconnected spherical bodies are illuminated from inside and enmeshed in a network that holds them together in three-part constellations. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

From a distance the illuminated spheres recall planetary constellations. In the background the light projects through a spider’s web, while a video projection is a live broadcast of illuminated cosmic dust particles as they move about in the air of the exhibition space.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

The constellation of spheres stems from Saraceno’s long term project Aerocene, which drifts with the buoyancy earned by the sun’s heat, which creates a temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the sphere. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

The interconnected spherical bodies are illuminated from inside and enmeshed in a network that holds them together in three-part constellations. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

A number of cameras three-dimensionally record the velocity and size of the particles while an algorithm converts these outputs into musical notes that are then reproduced in a set of spread-out loudspeakers. Meanwhile, a Nephila spider is fervently tending to her web. The frequencies produced by the dust trajectories are delivered to the spider web through a transducer, and at the same time, a sensitive microphone picks up the spider’s gentle plucking.  

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

The trails of the microscopic particles appear so enlarged in the multimedia installation that they resonate with phenomena on the cosmic scale, such as comets, meteorites or planets, as they move across an infinite expanse. Sounds come from different places, traversing the room.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Meanwhile, a Nephila spider is fervently tending to her web. The frequencies produced by the dust trajectories are delivered to the spider web through a transducer, and at the same time, a sensitive microphone picks up the spider’s gentle plucking.  

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Accessible to visitors, a pod recalling the artist’s vision for an inhabitable floating city gives another perspective on the exhibition. The cosmic cacophony reverberates about the audience and their more-than-human neighbors, who thereby become an active part of this immersive environment. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Accessible to visitors, a pod recalling the artist’s vision for an inhabitable floating city gives another perspective on the exhibition. The cosmic cacophony reverberates about the audience and their more-than-human neighbors, who thereby become an active part of this immersive environment. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

The cosmic cacophony reverberates about the audience and their more-than-human neighbors, who thereby become an active part of this immersive environment. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Visitors encounter interconnected spherical bodies, dimly illuminated from inside, and enmeshed in a network that holds them together.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view

Our Interplanetary Bodies, 2017

Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

 

Visitors encounter interconnected spherical bodies, dimly illuminated from inside, and enmeshed in a network that holds them together.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Our Interplanetary Bodies

Tomás Saraceno
Asia Culture Center, Gwangju
July 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018
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The Asia Culture Center presents Our Interplanetary Bodies, Tomás Saraceno’s first exhibition in South Korea.

 

Initially studying architecture in Argentina, Saraceno then trained as an artist at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany, where he developed his ongoing multi-disciplinary artistic exploration into quasi-feasible utopia, spanning across different study fields. Saraceno is internationally renowned for his intense collaboration with aerospace engineers, biologists, and physicists, taking research into astrophysics, thermodynamics, as well as the structures of spider webs, to concretize social, ecological and futurological issues that are often too baffling to be visualized. Saraceno’s series Cloud Cities is a post-national modular city floating above the clouds, which draws on sustainable, freely floating forms of habitats. Aerocene is a trans-disciplinary project operating with and in the air. The project relies only on the energy from the sun and the propelling of the wind, which through aerosolar sculptures, attempts to form a community in imagination for a new topography that originated from the climatology of the earth. In addition, Saraceno continues his research into the woven habitats of spiders, suggesting a move away from anthropocentric thinking towards an ethical vision of various other forms of life, with whom we share our planet. With these works, Saraceno conducts experiments to pave novel ways to move and dwell for a better future, relying on the notion that we live nestled within an infinitely complex and interconnected cosmic web.

 

Saraceno’s exhibition Our Interplanetary Bodies is especially planned for Asia Culture Center’s Space 1 (2,317 square meters, 16 meters high). The exhibition is composed of 9 gigantic, spherical sculptures emitting subtle light. Meanwhile, a large-scaled video projection displays the real-time movement of cosmic dust
in the air, whilst a sound system transforms this movement into an audio-spatial experience that is further augmented by the exquisite acoustic composition of low frequency sound, created by the subtle movement and vibration of a Nephila spider. ‘How are we embedded as a part of the cosmic web?’, ‘Can we consider an insect and the vibratory cosmos in the same network of relationships?’, ‘What are the possibilities for better attunement?’, ‘How do we fly with our feet on the ground?’ These questions are posed by Saraceno in his exhibition, appealing not to science fiction or fairytale fantasy, but to the possibility of realizing his utopian vision for the not-so-distant future. Our Interplanetary Bodies is an extension of the vision of Aerocene, where the audience spontaneously becomes a part of the cosmic web, watching cosmic dust dancing, traveling amidst the monumental sculptural works and savoring the magical performance of Arachnea. Saraceno makes phenomena of the mysterious Universe sensible through an organic and poetic consilience of contemporary art and different disciplines. The exhibition Our Interplanetary Bodies thus proposes creative contemplation on the more-than-human relationship and the cosmic becoming.

 

Inviting living and non-living agents to improvise an audible composition, Our Interplanetary Bodies posit a different, heterotopic space for a dialogue between its elements. The cosmic cacophony reverberates about the audience and their more-than-human neighbors, who become an active part of this immersive environment.

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