Aerocene Around the world to change the world | Tomás Saraceno | Grand Palais | Palais de Tokyo

How to revolutionize the usage of resources, through the new thermodynamic imagination and a sculpture that floats in the levels of stratosphere?
Tomás Saraceno’s artistic project Aerocene invites us to think of new ways to sense the circulation of energy and resources, actively reframing the material ethics and politics of our contemporary modes of moving, dwelling, and being-together, here on Earth. It pursues the vision of Cloud Cities, the previous undertaking of Saraceno.


For COP21 Paris, the artist will present Aerocene in an outstanding sculptural installation at Grand Palais. At Palais de Tokyo, a symposium will be organized, and a series of actions and collective performances, based on open-source collaborative principles, will take place in various locations.

Tomás Saraceno’s artistic project Aerocene is a series of air-fueled sculptures that will float in the longest, most sustainable journey around the world without engines, becoming buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth. The material realization is surpassed by the message it bears: Its aesthetic form follows a both utopian and real idea of open source force of movement. Inflated by the air, lifted by the sun, carried by the wind, the project questions and seeks answers to our current and troublesome dependency on fossil and hydrocarbon fuels and pollution – the topics that places Aerocene at the core of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 topical framework. Crossing the frontiers between art, science and education, it becomes a visionary and open platform of shared knowledge. Thus it seeks for the deep understanding of our planet and all its physical, natural and social entanglements in order to project new ways of how we can move, dwell and be-together here on Earth.

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