||Tomás Saraceno I Residency from February to July 2010
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Over the course of his residency at the Atelier Calder, 2009 Calder Prize laureate Tomás Saraceno has continued to develop his project Cloud Cities-Air Port City, a proposed use of space that empowers individuals, repositioning them beyond the confines of existing authoritative constructs. Saraceno describes the project as: “a structure that seeks to challenge today’s political, social, cultural and military restrictions in an attempt to reestablish new concepts of synergy. Up in the sky there will be this cloud, a habitable platform that floats in the air, changing form and merging with other platforms, just as clouds do. It will fly through the atmosphere pushed by the winds.”
Curator Rodrigo Alonso writes: “Tomás Saraceno’s work defies traditional notions of space, time, gravity, consciousness and perception through architectural, social and communitarian means that are utopian and participatory in nature. The sky and the earth are interchangeable in his installations, in which gardens float and people achieve their longstanding desire to fly. Inspired by an interest in affecting change in the way we live and experience reality, each work is an invitation to conceive of alternative ways of knowing, feeling and interacting with others. Concurrently, Saraceno appeals to the creative faculty of his viewers, involving them in situations and actions that demand their ingenuity, participation and responsibility. (…) Above all, the works show us that the possibility to transform the world is always within reach for those who are ready to collaborate in its design and construction.”
Saraceno (Argentinean, b. 1973) studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and fine arts at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt. Solo exhibitions: “14 billions (working title),” Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; “Biosphere,” Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Selected past solo exhibitions: “Lighter than air,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2009); “Microscale, Macroscale and Beyond: Large-Scale Implications of Small-Scale Experiments,” Berkeley Art Museum, USA (2007); “Infinitive Actives,” Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2006). Selected past group exhibitions: 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009); “In Defense of Nature,” Barbican Art Center London, UK (2009). Permanent installation: “On clouds (Air-Port-City),” Towada Arts Center, Towada, Japan (since 2008).