During the period of modernity we got accustomed to the understanding of the human beings as determined by the social milieu in which they live, as knots in
FREE FROM BORDERS, FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Aerocene is on, with and for the air.
Aerocene is an interdisciplinary artistic community that seeks to devise new modes of sensitivity, reactivating a common imaginary towards an ethical collaboration with the environment and the atmosphere, free from carbon emissions.
As an ever growing research and experimental practice, Aerocene is open-source and collaborative. It consists of a dedicated and diverse global community of practitioners who collaborate to promote and enact environmental awareness and atmospheric sensing experiments, imagining new infrastructures of planetary mobility and ethics.
By collaboratively developing, testing and launching aerosolar sculptures, Aerocene seeks to open up the imagination towards an emergent cloudscape, 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 the aerosolar sculpture, a Do-It-Together (DIT) vessel to enter the aerial, whose only engine is the air and the heat of the Sun. It becomes buoyant as a result of the temperature differentials between the air masses inside and outside the aerosolar balloon, anywhere from 2 degrees up, without using any fossil fuels, helium, hydrogen, solar panels or batteries.
Various sculptures and tools have been invented, tested, improved, 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, technologists and enthusiasts.
In a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, Aerocene communicates a message of simplicity, reminding us that the air -as “suprastate”- belongs to everyone and should not depend on any type of sovereignty. It imagines a new infrastructure, which challenges and redefines a supranational right to mobility, re-examining freedom of movement between countries and reversing the extractive approach humans have developed toward the planet. 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.
While fossil fuel enterprises attempt to colonize other planets, the very same interface between us, 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.
Can you imagine 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?
HOW TO BECOME AEROSOLAR
and float with the air
Of the Sun and the winds.
The capacity to harness the energy of the Sun in ways that make moving with, and relating to, the ocean of air self-sustaining.
An envelope’s ability to gain buoyancy; a contained body of air heated by direct solar radiation, achieving lower density than the air outside of it to float in equilibrium with the atmosphere.
The desire for futurity expressed in the rejection of fossil fuels and the extractive practices and relations of the industrial-colonial model, embodied in the will to sense and collaborate with the atmosphere and all immersed in its elemental milieu.
An ethical principle of an ecology of practices cultivated by the Aerocene Community, developed through the Archimedes principle established in c. 250 BCE by Archimedes of Syracuse, fundamental to the fluid dynamics of the laws of physics.
DIVE INTO THE AEROCENE LIBRARY
for a common shared knowledge
Aerocene. Movements for the Air | Munich Landing, 2020
Aerocene Newspaper | COP21, 2015
Aerocene Reader | Exhibition Road, 2016
READ FURTHER INTO THE INSIGHTS OF AEROCENE CONTRIBUTORS
* from a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘The Cloud’ (1820) In 2014, on the occasion of the exhibition “The Anthropocene Monument”, initiated by Bruno Latour and
‘Nothing distinguishes me ontologically from a crystal, a plant, an animal, or the order of the world; we are drifting together toward the noise and the black depths
Aerocene: Becoming Aerosolar A collaboration between Tomás Saraceno, Visiting Artist MIT Leila Kinney, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Lodovica Illari and Bill McKenna, MIT Department
HISTORY OF SOLAR BALLOONING
learn from the past to unravel different futures
Throughout history, humanity has rehearsed with lighter-than-air vehicles aiming for a different way to move through and with the air, only with the power of the sun.
Presented here are various attempts of solar flight, undertaken by people whose types of movements into the atmosphere have become marginalised, and rendered invisible under the hegemony of the fossil fuel regime.