October 2, 2017

Tomás Saraceno

Columbia University School of the Arts

Tomás Saraceno, Eclipse of the Aerocene Explorer, 2016. Performance. Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; Andersen's Contemporary; Pinksummer contemporary art; Esther Schipper. Photo: © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

Columbia University School of the Arts welcomes artist Tomás Saraceno, whose visionary work traverses art, engineering, the natural sciences, architecture, and social theory. Presented at the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, his airborne, fossil-fuel free sculpture Aerocene “achieve[s] the longest, emission-free journey around the world: becoming buoyant only by the heat of the sun and infrared radiation from the surface of earth.” Aerocene floats without the power of fossil fuels, solar panels, batteries, helium, hydrogen, or other rare gases, holding “a message of simplicity, creativity and cooperation for a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, reminding us of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth and all its species.”

This lecture is co-presented by the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; Columbia University School of the Arts; and the School of International and Public Affairs as part of Saraceno’s fall 2017 visit to Columbia University.

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