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Aerosolar activities at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Maristella Svampa

Experimenting, discussing, thinking and jamming together with atmospheric forces…. moving, questioning and being… flying, floating and adhering to elemental energies… join the Aerocene community for a program of workshops, conversations and flights this week!

Museo Aerosolar
Wednesday-Monday 24-29.10.2018 from 12pm
(Museo Aerosolar, Palais de Tokyo)

Both a flying museum and a solar sculpture, Museo Aerosolar is a collective project initiated by Tomás Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento in 2007. This workshop is an open invitation for everyone to work together, turning used plastic bags into a lighter-than-air balloon.

Wednesday-Thursday 23-24.10.2018, Friday 25.10.2018 performance at 5pm
(AEROCENE ROOM, Palais de Tokyo)

Inviting exploratory listening, sounding, moving and questioning related to the sonic materiality of air, this workshop features listening and performance scores by Samuel Hertz and other composers. Participants will collaborate with each other, architecture, and air to generate, invent, and embody their own scores, mini-performances, movement prompts and reflections within the context of Aerocene aesthetics. Facilitated by Samuel Hertz and Sasha Engelmann.

Aerosolar flights
Friday 26.10.2018 courtyard of Palais de Tokyo 12-3pm,
Saturday 27.10.2018, 7am-2pm, location tbc
(OBS: weather dependant!)

Unite ON AIR, as we attempting to break the record for the most sustainable, fully solar-powered human flight in France. (Up)rising with the sun, becoming airborne with minds and bodies, a choreography of Aerocene Explorers will sign our declaration of independence from fossil fuels, impressing aeroglyphs with the air towards the decarbonization of the sky. More info.

Leaning into the air, whispering the wind
Saturday to Monday 27-29.10.18, Palais de Tokyo

A physical workshop inspired by the movements of the Aerocene Explorer, focusing on developing environmental awareness and embodiment. Led by the performance research group Susurrus, participants are invited to join a sensuous journey through the Palais de Tokyo, practicing collective backwards walking meditation, embracing surroundings, moulding the exhibition space, awakening imagination and sensing experiences. More info.

Build and experiment with Aerosolar sculptures, payloads and own inventions
Wednesday-Monday 24-29.10.2018 12-4pm
(Aerocene ROOM, Palais de Tokyo)

What would you like to send skywards?

Working with elemental energies, building prototypes to study life-in-the-air, experimenting with origami structures, testing ways to improve the cut-down procedure and other steps for a free flight in order to make it further it with the Aerocene community, this workshop is hosted by Grace Pappas and aims to open up discussions and imagination about the atmosphere and environmental issues as well as animating and intensify the ongoing conversations, open-source experiments and questions of the Aerocene epoch.

ON AIR: With Aerocene, Friday 26.10.2018, 3-7pm
(Palais de Tokyo)

Gathering together Aerocene practitioners, contributors and researchers with expertise in environmental justice, distributed autonomous organization, elemental philosophy, aero-acoustics, astrophysics and the histories of the science of air, the Aerocene Symposium will animate and intensify the ongoing experiments and questions of the Aerocene. Introduced by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel and Tomás Saraceno. Moderated by Sasha Engelmann. With: Primavera de Filippi, Stavros Katsanevas, Tomás Saraceno, Nick Shapiro, Débora Swistun, Derek McCormack, Marie Thébaud-Sorger, Sam Hertz, Karine Léger, Jol Thomson and Heinz Wismann. These talks have been curated by Sasha Engelmann. More Info.


Alvin Lucier, a pioneer of experimental music, imagines two new pieces inspired by conversations with Tomás Saraceno about inter-species communication with spiders, and sending signals to the Moon, using the “Moon Bounce” radio-communications technique. During this performance, Alvin Lucier will have a dialogue with a spider/web. Then, Alvin Lucier’s heartbeat will be picked up by a special sensor, routed through the silk strings of a Qin —an ancient Chinese stringed instrument—and transmitted to the Moon. It takes approximately two-and-a-half seconds for each heartbeat to bounce back to Earth, depending on the irregularities on the surface of the Moon. These reverberating sounds echo a cosmic jam session.