On Space Time Foam: the 'air-cube' by Tomás Saraceno

The emotional-installation at HangarBicocca

by Angelo Dell'Olio
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 Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno brings to the HangarBicocca in Milan "On Space Time Foam": an air-cube, a fluctuating structure, a spatial and emotional experience, composed by three levels of transparent membranes of air, on which can be walked or try to stand on.


"On Space Time Foam" is the site-specific work realized for the spaces of HangarBicocca, the container of contemporary art in Milan, a monumental and 'architectural' installation with a total surface of 1,200 square metres set at a height of 14 to 20 metres. Not only a creative job but also the result of a technical and scientific search made possible thanks to the collaboration of a team of engineers and Lindstrand Technologies, a leading company in the research and production of aerostatic materials and products.


"On Space Time Foam" is, according to the artist, a structure in which “each step and each breath influence the membrane space, the visible metaphor of our interdependence and interrelationship on our planet”.

Saraceno's work will be publicly viewable until February 3, 2013. After that will enter to belong to the project in progress 'Cloud Cities', a series of works based on the utopian idea of creating suspended eco-sustainable platforms in which people can live.

Tomás Saraceno – born in San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina) in 1973 – lives and works in Berlin, where he has set up a studio with a multicultural and multidisciplinary staff of more than twenty people. After graduating with a degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, in 2003 he enrolled at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, where he studied with Peter Cook (b. 1936), founder of the Archigram group, which in the Sixties theorized visionary and high-tech urban structures capable of revolutionizing the very concept of city. He then continued his postgraduate work in Planning and Production of the Visual Arts at the IUAV in Venice (2003/04) and, thanks to his acknowledged multidisciplinary approach, he participated in NASA’s Space Studies programme in the summer of 2009. That year he also won the prestigious Calder Prize, awarded biannually to honour a living artist who has completed exemplary and innovative early work and who has demonstrated the potential to make a major contribution to the field.

Starting in November 2012 he will be at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, in the Boston area, as the first artist invited to participate in the new residency project of the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).

Courtesy: Tomás Saraceno and HangarBicocca

Photo credist: Courtesy of Alessandro Coco