Tomás Saraceno | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
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Tomás Saraceno


Tomás Saraceno’s practice (San Miguel de Tucumán, 1973) is informed by concepts linking art, life science, and the social sciences. Enmeshed in the junction of these worlds, his floating sculptures, community projects, and immersive installations propose sensory solidarity with the planet through a social, mental, and environmental ecology of practice. 

For more than two decades, Saraceno has activated projects aimed towards an ethical collaboration with the atmosphere, including Museo Aero Solar (2007-) and the Aerocene Foundation (2015-), a non-profit organization devoted to community building, scientific research, artistic experience, and education. At the core of the Foundation is Aerocene, a multi-disciplinary project that proposes a new era for the air, to free the air.  In another thread of his practice, Saraceno’s profound interest in spiders and their webs led to the formation of the Arachnophilia. Arachnophilia is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary spider/web research community that builds on innovations arising from Saraceno’s past collaborative research into spider/web architectures, materials, modes of vibrational signaling and behavior. 

In the past two decades Saraceno has furthermore collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University, the Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum London. He has lectured in institutions worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecture‐related Art (IAK) at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016); and held residencies at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing) and Atelier Calder (2010), among others. Saraceno has most recently been exhibited in: Event Horizon: Tomás Saraceno at Cisternerne, Copenhagen (2020); Aria, at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2020); the 58th International Art Exhibition ‐ La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times; and carte blanche á Tomás Saraceno: ON AIR at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018). His work is housed in international collections including the Bauhaus Museum, Weimar; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin.