Palais De Tokyo

At Palais de Tokyo, a symposium and a demonstrative workshop was organised, and a series of actions and collective performances, based on open-source collaborative principles, will take place. Confirmed participants of three panel event included Leila W. Kinney (MIT CAST), Marion Ackermann (Kunstsammlung NRW, K21 Düsseldorf), Oliver Morton (The Economist), Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University) and others. Symposium’s information.


Date:  06/12/2015 - 15:00 - 19:00

Place: Hall d'entrée / Salle 37


Staring at the sky’s choreography:  renewed perspectives for a borderless tomorrow.

How can we build new perspectives for terrestrial activity, living structures, and posterrestrial tomorrow? Beyond the laws of gravity and the mundane everyday, studying space allows to challenge current modes of imagination and reasoning and discuss the promise of aerial form of elemental experimentalism. The sky constitutes not only an imaginary realm, but also a metaphorically infinite space of unlimited freedom that overtakes political borders regimes based on national states.

Pablo Suarez, Oliver Morton, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Sanford Kwinter (with reservations). Ewen Chardronnet (moderator).


From astronauts to captains of a spaceship called earth: encouraging experimental researches for the development of civic science.

How can one develop a civic and responsible science in the context of the increasing porosity of the worlds of expertise? How can a cloud of relations and intensive forces come to cohere as a society?

Through renewed forms of community engagement and collaboration, the interpenetration of realms of knowledge open fluid collaboration across disciplines and allow the rise of an experimental spirit. Suspended between imaginative projection and today’s global realities, the merging of researches renews models of isolating autonomy and converges as the redefinition of political realities. The call for new forms of associative thinking involve inventive and collaborative devices and encourage civil society to get dynamically engaged in contemporary debates.

Nick Shapiro, Leila W. Kinney, Derek McCormack and Sasha Engelmann, Jonathan Ledgard.


Building tomorrow: considering energy circulation to rethink individual, social and architectural bodies.

What forms could a creative evolution take if the utilization of the sun’s energy were to extend beyond the limit of individual bodies? What strategy could we develop when appropriating the manner of the solar energy that passes through membranes, across the boundaries of the organism, across all walls and borders? Humans utilize less than ten percent of available solar energy for its operations. Making the most of available dynamics and natural circulations could optimize terrestrial, spatial and post terrestrial architecture. Building tomorrow implies to appropriate elemental circumstances that condition life and makes it possible or impossible to varying degrees and use the elemental force-fields already present in the world.  

Marion Ackermann, Territorial Agency, Pierre Chabard (moderator), Kiel Moe, Matthias Schuler.

A group of students from Architecture-related Art Department at Braunschweig University of Technology, led by Tomás Saraceno, come to attend the symposium as a part of "Becoming Pilots" course, thought collectively by Tomás Saraceno, Sasha Engelmann and Jol Thomson.