FREE FROM BORDERS, FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS​

Aerocene is in, on, about, and with the air.

An interdisciplinary artistic endeavor that seeks to devise new modes of sensitivity, reactivating a common imaginary towards achieving an ethical collaboration with the environment and the atmosphere, free from carbon emissions. By collaboratively developing, testing and launching Aerosolar sculptures, Aerocene seeks to open up the imagination, un-tethering a new era of planetary attunement, restoring the thermodynamic balance of the Earth, free from borders, free from fossil fuels.

 

The launch pad towards this new epoch is an aerosolar balloon, a Do-It-Together (DIT) entrance to the aerial, whose engine is only the air and the heat of the Sun, floating as a result of temperature differentials between the two air masses, anywhere from 2 degrees up, without using any fossil fuels, helium, hydrogen, solar panels or batteries. Since its beginning, various sculptures and tools have been invented and world records broken in a move towards this collective vision developed by the Aerocene global community of artists, geographers, philosophers, thinkers, scientists, explorers, balloonists, and technologists and other enthusiasts.

In a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, Aerocene communicates a message of simplicity, reminding us that the air belongs to everyone and should not depend on any type of sovereignty. It imagines a new infrastructure, which challenges and redefines an international right to mobility, reversing the extractive approach humans have developed toward the planet and re-examining freedom of movement between countries. This could be achieved by encouraging a bottom-up, participatory approach to policy making about the air, and through the activity of international community-building carried out by the Aerocene Foundation.

MUSEO AERO SOLAR

Aerocene emerged through Museo Aero Solar in 2007, a community practice forming through the simple acts of reusing plastic bags and cooperation. Both a flying museum and an aerosolar sculpture, Museo Aero Solar continues to float around the Planet. Where will it land next?

AERONAUTS UNITE!

While fossil fuel enterprises to colonize other planets are put in place, this very same interface between us and the Sun and the atmosphere, the air continues to be compromised: carbon emissions fill the air, invisible radio waves develop in a hegemonic algorithm of finance, particulate matter floats inside our lungs.
How would breathing feel in a post fossil fuel economy, and what is our response-ability?
How do we challenge geopolitical borders in an age of climate inequality?

FLOAT PREDICTOR

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD

using no other resources than the Sun

WORLD'S FIRST & LONGEST FULLY SOLAR POWERED MANNED FLIGHT

White Sands, New Mexico, 2015

On November 8 2015, the D-O AEC lifted up 7 passengers without any propane, hovering for about 2 hours & 55 minutes achieving two world records.

THE AEROCENE BACKPACK

a kit that can teach you how to float

The Aerocene Backpack 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 aerosolar sculpture and start sensing the skies.

Designed to engage participants in thinking-through-making activity, stimulating imagination and creativity, and imparts information about solar balloon flight, thermodynamic physics, meteorological science, and art practices in a multidisciplinary way, the Backpack allows participants to draw signatures in, of and with the air, declaring independence from fossil fuels.

Like all Aerocene sculptures, the aerosolar sculpture enclosed in the Aerocene Backpack lifts off ground only using the heat from the Sun, and floats without burning fossil fuels, helium, and other rare gases.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE BACKPACK?

The Aerocene Backpack 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 Backpack? Share your experience with us! Write to info@aerocene.org.

FLIGHTS & EXPERIMENTS

See how people launch, hack and experiment with Aerocene sculptures!

26 STEPS TO BE ON AIR

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD, LIFTED BY THE SUN AND SIGN FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM FOSSIL FUELS WE INVITE YOU ON A

Notes from Palais de Tokyo

Notes from Palais de Tokyo: Looking Skywards with our Next Generation of Creators Reflections on the value of running Aerocene

Aerocene Albedo

AEROREFLECTOR MANUAL The Aeroreflector invites a collective turn towards the most important energy source for earthly life, the Sun. In

Want to add your launch or innovation to this page? Let us know! Write to us at info@aerocene.org.

DIVE INTO THE AEROCENE

Up — Bronislaw Szerszynski

As society struggles to come to terms with the implications of antropogenic climate change, it is becoming increasingly clear that any adequate response will require

Community aerosolar flights around the planet