In a time of rapidly accelerating climate change, why do we still blast rockets into space, burning up vast amounts of hydrocarbons? Is it because it is the only way to get there? At the Border of Art and Space, and in the heart of America’s space landscape near the White Sands Dunes, Tomás Saraceno invites you to assist to the launch of the aerosolar sculpture “D-OAEC Aerocene”: Take part of a step forward towards a new era, where we don’t need a violent explosion to reach the stratosphere and we will not work against the forces of nature, but in synergy. Join Aerocene, an epoch lead by aerosolar sculptures inflated by air, carried by the wind, lifted only by the harness of the sun during the day and infrared radiation from the surface during the night… and soon we will float around the world to change it together.
These are 360° interactive videos made by Ewen Chardronnet for Studio Tomás Saraceno in White Sands, New Mexico, USA, Nov. 8, 2015.
[from: Rob La Frenais
to: Tomás Saraceno]
I haven’t really said what an amazing place we are working in on Sunday. It’s the same dunes as we visited but the super-restricted part owned by the military. We are right next to the place they landed the Space Shuttle in the 80’s and was always prepared for emergency landings. (We stood on the landing strip) It’s also the same place where Von Braun brought the V2 rockets and tested them and developed the Apollo programme. So it is a super special place to be and also a symbolic place to abandon rockets! […]
“Suspended above the desert under a vast black solar balloon, I could feel the sun burning my face, the slight breeze moving me gently, the force of the balloon tugging upwards. I looked out over a white desert dazzling under a violently blue sky, and at the scraps of vegetation struggling in this landscape, and felt the immediacy of the possibility of flying up and off in whatever direction – and across whatever border – the elements might choose, should my colleagues on the ground let go of those two slight ropes. It was an intensely sensorial experience that left me feeling profoundly alive.”
Croatian pilot Marija Miklousic is the first person to fly in a registered solar powered balloon, the D-O AEC Aerocene of Tomás Saraceno. “I felt great up there,” said Miklousic enthusiastically. “It was quiet with no noise from the burner. I truly felt like a bird up there.
All the images and videos of this webpage are courtesy of: the Artist; Pinksummer contemporary art, Genoa; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen; Esther Schipper, Berlin.