on, in, with and for the air

6—11 Sept 2019
Olympiaberg, Munich

Festival Collaborators

Erik Bordeleau
Erik Bordeleau is researcher at the SenseLab (Concordia University, Montreal), fugitive planner at the Economic Space Agency (ECSA) and affiliated researcher at the Center for Arts, Business & Culture of the Stockholm School of Economics. He has recently taught a series of seminars in critical cryptoeconomics at the School of Disobedience at Volksbühne (Berlin). With Saloranta & De Vylder, he is developing The Sphere, a p2p community platform for self-organization in the performing arts. He is based in Berlin and enjoys, from time to time, the discreet charm of the precariat.

Emanuele Braga
Artist, researcher and activist. In addition to his work at MACAO, he co-founded the dance and theatre company Balletto Civile (2003), the contemporary art project Rhaze (2011), as well as Landscape Choreography (2012), an art platform questioning the role of the body under capitalism. His research focuses on models of cultural production, processes of social transformation, political economy, labor rights and the institution of the commons.

Ayushi Dhawan
Doctoral candidate at the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich, Germany. She is a part of DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group “Hazardous Travels: Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy.” Her dissertation research explores India’s shipbreaking business in Alang, Gujarat, its environmental impact(s), and the motivations behind this transboundary movement of toxic waste since the 1980s. Before beginning her doctoral study, Ayushi completed her BA Hons. and MA in History from the University of Delhi in 2014. She then joined the Foundation Year at the University of Leiden in 2014-2015, supported by the ENCOMPASS Scholarship. In 2017, she earned her Research Master’s degree in Colonial and Global History.

Joaquin Ezcurra
Passionate about understanding atmospheric forces and aerial sensing, Joaquin Ezcurra (ARG) is a web developer, marine technician, cartography student and artist. Since 2017, Joaquin has collaborated with Aerocene Foundation in aerosolar data visualization, free flight and community science projects. Born in Buenos Aires in 1980. Research projects include board research vessels dealing with data acquisition equipment in hydrographic and oceanographic campaigns and winds visualization of Rio de la Plata. Ezcurra has collaborated with cultural institutions such as Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (Imaginary) and Centro Hipermediático Experimental Latinoamericano (UCLA) and taken part in various group exhibitions with 0.1 collective.

SFB42 (Represented by Diogo da Cruz, Johannes Herms and Konrad Altenmüller)
The Sonderforschungsbereich 42 (SFB42) is a collective of artists and physicists based in Munich. Our goal is to produce a third space through an equal dialogue between artists and scientists, within which common objects of knowledge can emerge. Together with the collaboration partner Sonderforschungsbereich 1258 (SFB1258) “Neutrinos and Dark Matter in Astroparticle Physics” and artist Jol Thomson, we developed our first project #eco_techno_cosmo_logic bringing together students from the AdBK München and from the department of Physics of the TUM. The SFB42 builds novel experimental systems that reconfigure and test artistic and scientific methods, materials and research data.

Thomas Krahn (KT5TK)
Ham Radio expert and dedicated Aerocene Community member, he experiments in balloon and buoy related radio amateur endeavours.

Beate Engl
Beate Engl is an artist whose practice forms, among others, as curatorial and collaborative projects, such as “Galerie Goldankauf”, 1999-2001; “KunstPraxis”, an in-house project for Siemens Arts Program, 2003-2005; “The Domain of the Great Bear” at the kunstraum munich, 2006/2007; and focuses on site-specific installations and institution-critical works, among others are “Beta Version 2.0”, Hall 14 / Foundation Federkiel Leipzig, 2004; “And the white cell floats on …”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2005; “Mad as hell”, Ortstermine München, 2006; “Perfect World”, Boots, St. Louis, 2007. In addition to installations and sculptures, she explores her critical examination of public space and the globalized art world through narration and text: as an exaggeration of the boundless expansion of art into space (“Space is a place: Handbook and location research”, 2005) and as a horror scenario one out of control guessed artistic raw mass (“The blob – nothing can stop it!”, among others at thealit, 2008).
The artist lives and works in Munich.

Dorothea Hutterer
After training as a professional musician, Dorothea Hutterer studied general and typological linguistics, auxiliary historical sciences, and Bavarian and local history at LMU Munich. For her final thesis on sociolinguistic aspects of the Hutterian Brethren, Dorothea completed field studies and research in Manitoba, Canada. She received her Magister Artium in February 2015. Dorothea also completed the Environmental Studies Certificate Program, with a final project entitled “Beer Environments: How a Brewery Changed a Landscape.”

In October 2015, Dorothea joined the Doctoral Program Environment and Society. Her dissertation explores the local environmental aspects of several Bavarian territories from around 1500 to 1800, which can be found in old maps and paintings, as well as in the cultural landscape itself. She aims to search these areas with different cartographical materials combined with modern sources. She is particularly interested in giving background information on and an overview of the visual sources available, and to show the historical circumstances that formed the landscape.

Avenir Institute (Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen)
A think-do tank at the intersection of epistemology, politics, technology and aesthetics with a focus on critical analysis of potentiality in futures. We produce and present transdisciplinary research and design as academic publications, lectures, foresight consulting, exhibitions, performances and festivals. The Institute was co-founded in 2015 by Denis Maksimov and Timo Tuominen and established nodes in Brussels, Berlin, London and Athens since then.

David Luigart (IMAL, Eduart K)
David Luigart represents two local organisations in Munich:

Eduart K. A platform for expression, discourse, representation & experiment, which is constantly developed and changed by the lived practice of its participants. Eduart K. offers space, support, exhibition – networking – and participation opportunities for young creatives and artists. Low-threshold, free or inexpensive offers of artistic and cultural education should enable and provide inspiration for one’s own life and work practice. More information:

IMAL (International Munich Art Lab)
Supported by Kontrapunkt gGmbH, IMAL is the only project in Munich to offer professional productions in the fields of fine arts and media for young people, with no entry obstacles. It started out as a utopia: “Changing the world through artistic work with young adults”. The realisation that working together on projects – with professional support – can help young people from very different social, cultural and educational backgrounds to mature personally led to the launch of the International Munich Art Lab (IMAL).

Any resident of Munich aged between 16 and 24 who is interested in working artistically can participate in the creative process full time for a year, whilst at the same time developing his/her individual perspective. The 50 or so young people organise the entire production process, from the initial sketch to the realisation and -ultimately – to the final, professional presentation.

Igor Mikloušić (Balon Klub Zagreb)
BBAC licensed hot air balloon pilot and Croatia national hot air ballooning representative. Apart from being a passionate lover of balloon flying, he is further and evolutionary psychologist working as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar and a lecturer at the University of Zagreb.

Tomás Saraceno (Aerocene Foundation, Studio Tomás Saraceno)
Tomás Saraceno’s practice is elevated by the concepts linking art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering. Enmeshed at the junction of these worlds, his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Saraceno’s work is included in the collections of Bauhaus Museum, Weimar; MoMA, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, and has most recently exhibited at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia as part of May You Live In Interesting Times (2019) and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for his Carte Blanche exhibition ON AIR (2018). Select residencies include the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing), and Atelier Calder (2010). Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.

Débora Swistun (Aerocene Argentina)
An Argentine anthropologist. She has specialized in the right to the city and environmental justice, technological risks and co-production of public policies in Europe, North Africa, East Asia and Latin America. Her book Flammable: Environmental suffering in an Argentine Shantytown (2009) reveals and analyzes the life experience of her hometown next to the petrochemical compound of Dock Sud (Buenos Aires) and has received four international awards. Interested in the potential of scientific complementarity with other forms of knowledge to address problems of the Anthropocene, she teaches Environmental Humanities (UNDAV/UNSAM) and participates in community, private and governmental level initiatives on issues of human displacement, disaster prevention and low impact living.

Susanne Witzgall
The Academic Head of the BMBF-funded cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich since 2011. She studied art history, theatre studies, psychology and art pedagogy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and the University of Stuttgart, where she received her doctorate in 2001. From 2003 to 2011, she taught at the Department of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and in the summer term of 2013 as guest lecturer at Newcastle University. Furthermore, she worked as a freelance curator and from 1995 to 2002 as a curator at the Deutsches Museum Bonn and the Deutsches Museum München. Amongst other things, she is curator or co-curator of the following exhibitions: Art & Brain II (1997/1998), Das zweite Gesicht/The Other Face (2002), Say it isn’t so (2007), (Re)designing nature (2010/2011), as well as the author and editor of numerous books and essays on contemporary art, on the relationship between art and science, and on subjects of current interdisciplinary debates.

FabLab München e.V.
Established in 2005, FabLab München e.V. is a non-profit association that forms as an open high-tech workshop and meeting point for all creative people, technicians, makers, tinkerers, inventors, pupils, teachers and families, and simply everyone who is interested in doing it themselves. With around 400 members, FabLab Munich is not only a modern workshop but also, true to the FabLab motto “Make – Learn – Share”, a community based space, where anyone can learn and teach and exchange ideas with like-minded people across generations, and aims at making technology comprehensible and tangible for all.

The association “Netzwerk Klimaherbst” brings together various actors from the fields of science, the private sector, city administration and politics with associations, foundations, organisations and institutions in order to jointly find solutions for a sustainable way of life in Munich. They organise the annual “Münchner Klimaherbst”, a series of events, including workshops, lectures and other innovative formats, involving all age groups, and performs as an educational platform with a strong participatory approach, aiming to sensitise people to the issues of climate change and climate protection.

Together with Aerocene Foundation, including Camilla Berggren Lundell; Gwilym Faulkner; Charles Gonzales; Alice Lamperti; Roxanne Mackie; and Erik Vogler.

With the support of Cordula Schütz; Daniel Bürkner; and Kerstin Möller of Kulturreferat, Landeshauptstadt München, alongside Sara Mack (freispiel Kulturagentur) and Nan Mellinger. Aerocene Community members Sasha Engelmann and Nick Shapiro, along with Sven Steudte, Rebecca Schedler and Orlando Pietromarchi, and Studio Tomás Saraceno, among which Lars Behrendt; Sonia d’Agrain; Lucas Mateluna; Saverio Cantoni; Dario Laganá; Andrea Familari; Beatrice Marotta and LUPA Film.