Tomas Saraceno is an artist and architect from Argentina, with a utopian vision for cities that float in the air, changing form and joining together like clouds. Saraceno is inspired by soap bubbles, spider webs, neural networks, or cloud formations, which are speculative models for alternate ways of living. These structures challenge ideas about nationality and property, intending to reshape notions about social space and human behaviour. Saraceno’s innovative ideas do not rely on the restrictions of our natural landscapes, instead, the series of experimental structures can be inhabited and exploit natural energies.
For the 2nd International Artist Airshow, created in association with Arts Catalyst, Tomas Saraceno was commissioned to create one of these experimental structures at dawn. Despite being postponed due to heavy rain, Saraceno successfully launched his large new experimental solar dome “Poetic Cosmos of the Breath” at dawn on Saturday 22 September 2008, with an audience of 40 people. In 2012, Tomas Saraceno installed On Space Time Foam for HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy. The structure is suspended 24 metres above ground, and consists of many different levels of membranes, in which people can pass through.Each level has a different climate and air pressure and will react to the movement of visitors through it. In another version of this work situated in The Maldives, Saraceno intends to make the biosphere habitable with solar panels and desalinated water.
“Arts Catalyst is one of the most exciting organisations I have worked with. Their events are some of the best I have ever been to. Viva Arts Catalyst!!!!”
Tomas Saraceno, 2014