Tomás Saraceno

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Biospheres is the term used by Saraceno for his floating, transparent globes. Taking a metaphorical, poetic approach to serious subjects such as the overpopulation of Earth, environmental issues and migration, Saraceno attempts to create new relations between culture and nature. The biospheres of this work are inspired by careful scientific studies of e.g. the formation of clouds, soap bubbles and the geometric principles in spider webs. Several of the spheres contain plant-based ecosystems, while the largest of them invites spectators to step inside.

Saraceno is originally trained as an architect and his biospheres can be seen as models for alternative types of social spaces and habitats for human beings. In this context he is interested in the airspace (in other, outdoor projects he quite specifically works with the sky) which to him represents a “free” space; a space that is not subject to national restrictions and which still allows for the free movement across borders. Saraceno is an example of an artist who addresses the complex climate issues of the world without a nostalgic perspective; rather, he wishes to utilise the consequences of the ongoing global changes and technological developments in a positive, utopian rethinking of the way in which we have organised the world.

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Tomás Saraceno, Galaxies forming along filaments, like droplets around the strands of a spider’s web

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Tomás Saraceno, Galaxies forming along filaments, like droplets around the strands of a spider’s web

Tomas Saraceno was born in Argentina, yet currently lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. His experimental artwork explores visionary city planning solutions, addressing the question of overpopulation, migration and environmental issues.

Influenced by his architectural background, Saraceno constructs a network of habitable platforms floating in the air. The inspiration for Saraceno’s soaring architecture stems from nature’s complex geometric shapes and the sky. His constructions consist of airborne gardens and inflatable plastic modules as alternative, futuristic habitats. Saraceno’s almost Utopian sculptures and installations challenge our experience of the environment and the social landscape.

In 1999, Saraceno became an architect at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, after which he got two MAs in art and architecture – the first at Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes Ernesto de la Carova in Buenos Aires in 2000, and the latter at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt in 2003. He exhibited at Walker Art Center in 2008, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in 2006 and the Venice Biennale in 2003.

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Tomás Saraceno, Untitled

Tomas Saraceno, Installation View
All images via Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
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