Aerocene is a multi-disciplinary project that foregrounds the artistic and scientific exploration of environmental issues. In the wake of the Anthropocene, the project promotes common links between social, mental, and environmental ecologies.
Inflated only by air, lifted only by the sun, carried only by the wind, towards a sustainable future.
Aerocene Foundation is a non-profit organisation devoted to interdisciplinary artistic endeavours that seek to devise, experiment and distribute new modes of creativity and knowledge for better futures.
Aerocene is comprised of a dedicated and diverse global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, technologists, and dreamers.
Travel around the Earth lifted only by the sun, carried only by the wind, towards clean and sustainable futures
A community based project floating around the world
A collectively-produced aerosolar sculpture made by reused plastic bags, the core of Museo Aero solar resides in the inventiveness and co-creativeness of local inhabitants. Each time it travels the world, people are invited to add new sections to the sphere. Every time it sets sail in the air, techniques, size and drawings of the plastic sphere changes.
Initiated in 2007, Museo Aero Solar can be seen as marking the beginning of the genealogy of Aerocene, growing a participatory community of self-assembling groups working in different parts of the world to create novel installations. In the past 10 years Museo Aero Solar has landed in more than 21 sites, among them Colombia, Italy, France, United Arab Mirates, United States, Swtizerland, Albania, Israel-Palestina, Germany, United Kingdom, Copenhagen, Finland, Argentina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Peru.
AEROCENE HUMAN FLIGHT
a journey towards independence of the air
the world record for the first and longest fully solar-powered flight.
the first and only certified solar-powered sculpture which is lifted up without any use of propane, only by the power of sun.
THE AEROCENE EXPLORER
a backpack that can teach you how to fly.
enter the aerocene
The Aerocene Explorer is your personal tool for solar-powered atmospheric exploration: a tethered-flight starter kit offering a new way to sense the environment. Enclosed in a portable backpack is everything you need to float an Explorer sculpture and start exploring the skies. The sculpture floats without burning fossil fuels, helium, and other rare gases. Inflated only by air, lifted only by the sun, carried only by the wind, towards a clean and sustainable future.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE EXPLORER?
You are invited to try out the Aerocene Explorer in its beta version and investigate a different model for living and floating in this century. Feel free to customise and use it as you like, with your community, neighbours, and friends. Using the Explorer's camera, you can document your experience and share it. What was your Explorer launch like? What issue in your area would you most like to shed some light on? Introduce us to yourself, your friends, your community. Your Explorer.
The Aerocene Explorer is currently being tested and developed by a passionate global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, speculative scientists, explorers, balloonists, and technologists, and other enthusiasts.
Have you floated with the Explorer? Share your experience with us! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need some inspiration for your upcoming Explorer flight? Check out how some Aerocene Explorers have been launched, hacked, and experimented with in the past.
Aerocene Tethered Flight at Mobile Utopia Conference
Lancaster, UK: 2 November 2017
On November 2nd Sasha Engelmann, Bronislaw Szerszynski and Grace Pappas performed an Aerocene Explorer tethered flight in Lancaster, UK, within the framework of a two-day "Mobile Utopia Experiment" called "The Drift Economy”, The experimental workshop and the conference session were devoted to exploring how humans might develop an ethical and sustainable relationship with the atmosphere through vernacular ways of sensing.
Aerocene floating at Forest of Imagination
Bath, UK: 29 June - 2 July 2017
Transforming a familiar public place into an inclusive space for contemporary creativity and intuitive play, Forest of Imagination offers an immersive experience for participants. During the festival, an Aerocene Explorer Sculpture was launched to further investigate the importance of our atmosphere, collaborating with forgotten supply chains - the Planet itself.
Aerocene Launch - New design and RCA Collaboration
Münchenberg, Germany: 23 September 2017
In a sand quarry out of Münchenberg, East Berlin, the tenacious Aerocene team had the chance to experiment with two new Aerocene balloon designs and, in addition, a series of sensitive objects developed by RCA student Grace Pappas has been tested.
AEROCENE Helianthus Free Flight
Schönfelde, Germany: 22 July 2017
In a world made of boundaries, Aerocene is working toward a demilitarization and decolonization of the sky, to build a community that will take to the air in the spirit of a new era, and raise a new awareness of the air we all breath. This is another attempt to float within the natural rhythms of the Earth and its atmosphere, by observing the ocean above us.
Tata Inti - performance with eight aerocene explorer
6-7 August - Salinas Grandes - Jujuy 2017 with the support of CCK
Aerocene Explorer fly's in the Argentinean sky. Our exploration with the air and the power of the sun continues, we successfully launched eight of our explorers. All floating simultaneously, at the bottom of ocean of air, creating signatures in the air. With Tomas Saraceno we move together with our community,towards our commitment to a world free to move around and free of fossil fuels.
#aeroceneargentina #aerocene #cck #tecnopolis #mediosycontenidos
Explorer launch and discussion
San Francisco, CA: 21 April 2017
Students from the "Cloud Cities, and Other Possibilities" course at California College of the Arts, led by their instructor Joseph Becker, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's associate curator of architecture and design, successfully floated two Aerocene sculptures.
motion tracking sensor
An Argentinian research station in Antarctica: 23 March 2017
Motion trackers developed by Alexander Bouchner (IAK-Braunschweig) were attached to two interconnected Explorers launched during a nautical journey to mark the first Antarctic Biennale. The motion trackers recorded the float patterns of the sculptures, which were converted into digital line drawings, “air signatures” on our proposed Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels.
explorer trio launch
Schönfelde, Germany: 4 March 2017
As part of a larger Aerocene launch, three Explorer sculptures were tethered to each other for the first time. Remaining afloat for hours, the joined family of Explorers danced through the air, their movements beautifully choreographed by the push and pull of the winds.
Schönfelde, Germany: 4 March 2017
Like all Aerocene sculptures, Explorers rise into the air when the temperature inside them becomes warmer than outside. The temperature differential becomes acutely visible with the aid of an infrared camera, which was employed during this Explorer launch.
aerocene collaborative hack 2
London, UK: 26-27 November 2016
Participants of Aerocene Hack 2 - young scientists, designers, and developers - were invited to join the Aerocene Campus symposium before settling into the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace for a productive session of ideation and prototyping of the Aerocene Explorer.
aerocene collaborative hack
London, UK: 29-30 October 2016
Young scientists, designers, developers, and artists joined Aerocene in the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace for a two-day period of intense collaboration to hack the Aerocene Explorer – grappling with code, electronics, and the vast possibilities of Aerocene exploration.
air quality sensing
Schönfelde, Germany: 27 August 2016
The Aerocene Gemini, two sculptures tethered together (one of which was an Explorer), floated to a highest altitude of 16,283 m (53,422 ft) and traveled a distance of of 605 km! Onboard during this free flight was the DustDuino air quality sensor, provided by Public Lab.
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DIVE INTO THE AEROCENE
READ FURTHER INTO THE INSIGHTS OF THE CONTRIBUTORS OF The Aerocene Newspaper
'Air Crafted Architecture' — Pierre Chabard
'Saraceno's Model of Models: The Magnificence of Aerocene' — Kiel Moe
'High Altitude, Low Opening (H.A.L.O.)' — Sanford Kwinter
'Up' — Bronislaw Szerszynski
'The fixed and flowing air' — Oliver Morton
'On the Political Influence of the Sun' — Boris Groys
'Piloting the Aerocene' — Derek McCormack
'I bind the Sun's throne with a burning zone*' — Olivier Michelon
'Tianhe 天河区: Parables of the Celestial River — Jol Thomson and Sasha Engelmann
'Aerocene: Becoming Aerosolar' — A collaboration between Tomás Saraceno (Visiting Artist MIT), Leila Kinney (MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology), Lodovica Illari and Bill McKenna (MIT Department of Earth, Air and Planetary Sciences)
'Alter-engineered Worlds' — Nicholas Shapiro
Join the action!
Aerocene is a fully open project that relies on worldwide social action and interaction and aims to mobilise groups of individuals to find multiple concrete solutions for our common environment, now and here on Earth. Aerocene is related to Cloud Cities, imagining new ways of living in the sky. A speculative project by Tomás Saraceno.
Guess The Journey
Guess the trajectory and landing of where the sculpture will go! The next launch will take place on 23rd September, Berlin, Germany, take part to win an upcoming prize. The map will be online soon.
MAKE YOUR OWN
Join the open source community, contribute to cleaning the planet, build your own, and up-cycle for inovation.