See how people launch, hack and experiment with the Aerocene Explorer!
Esperance & Perth Explorer Flights
A duo of first ever Australian Aerocene Explorer flights took place in the last week of 2017 and the first week of 2018.
The flight in Esperance was a true testament to the ability of the wind, with a strong onshore south-westerly typical to the area, the flight was equal parts battle and dance with the wind in an attempt to gain some lift from the sun and record some aerial footage of the beautiful coastal landscape.
Aerocene Explorer flies over the CCCB
Barcelona, Spain: 30 April 2018
Only one day before the closing of ‘After the End of the World’, an exhibition about the Earth of 2017 (irreversibly transformed into the Anthropocene planet after two centuries of human impact on natural systems) and how we will reach the world of the latter half of the 21st century.
Aerocene Explorer Performance and Interactive Display @ MIT
MIT Killian Court and Memorial Lobby, April 20th and 21st
The sky was painted a crystal blue, and from all corners of MIT, people strolled out in shorts and sunglasses. Meanwhile, a gigantic black balloon was floating on Killian Lawn. Animated by what could only be described as an otherworldly force, the object writhed midair.
SUSURRUS MEETS AEROCENE IN DRESDEN
Dresden, German: March 5th 2018
Performers Renae Shadler and Maria Nurmela launched an Explorer Sculpture on the courtyard of Hellerau Festival Theatre to get inspired for their research.The core of the ‘Susurrus’ project is to encourage environmental awareness through a sensual journey that encourages audiences to sense their embeddedness within the biosphere.
Aerocene San Luis - Expedition Logbook
November 2nd 2017 - January 8th 2018
We share a sneak peak of our adventures in the province of Argentina, where we tried some air-water-air experiments with Aerosolar Sculptures and learnt from the atmosphere by attempting to launch the first ever solar free-flight balloon in Argentina.
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.
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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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