“Fly with Pacha—into the Aerocene” premieres in Argentina at CCK

On Saturday August 5th, the documentary film by Maxi Laina and Tomás Saraceno “Fly with Pacha—into the Aerocene” was premiered in Argentina. We were so thrilled to see the theater hall completely full and to have shared this special event with all of you!!! After the screening, the Aerocene community hosted a panel discussion with representatives from the Indigenous Communities, Verónica Chávez y Erika Cañari from Salinas Grandes, philosopher Maristella Svampa and environmental lawyer Enrique Viale. We would also like to offer our thanks to Claudia Aboaf for hosting the evening.



Saturday’s screening closed a week during which more than sixty communities of native peoples toured the provinces of the country, culminating with the arrival of the Third Malón de la Paz (Peace March) in Buenos Aires. They have demonstrated peacefully, meeting with legislators and different human rights representatives to make their struggle visible.



Currently in Argentina, the indigenous communities have been manifesting day and night for over a week in front of the tribunals on the central plaza in Buenos Aires, bravely resisting the repressive constitutional reforms that threaten their livelihoods. These communities continue to occupy the main squares in Buenos Aires, but unfortunately due to the government’s refusal to hear their voices, this struggle continues without resolution. 



Fly with Pacha—into the Aerocene, portrays the long-standing relationship between many ever-growing communities across multiple continents, documenting the ongoing collaboration between Aerocene and the Indigenous Communities of of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc, in Jujuy, Northern Argentina, who are fighting to protect their land against the rapid corporate extraction of lithium from their salt plains, driven by the demand for batteries, which is depleting water resources in the region and contaminating the Earth. 



“A message, a film, a journey around the sun with Pachamama, a space-time towards eras of complementarities.”

A huge thank you to everyone who joined on Saturday for the premiere of at the CC Kirchner!

ANNOUNCEMENT

AEROCENE

A community, a movement,
a sculpture, an era for all

We would like to invite you to participate in Aerocene’s live-life weather dependent launch near Paris, France, in Maintenon, on April, 5th!

For a more just world, Aerocene will on this occasion attempt 30 new world records for the most sustainable flight in human history,  carrying the message  “Water and Life are worth more than Lithium”, written with the Communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc. 

In January 2020, this message, aligned with an ecosocial energy transition from and for the peoples of the South,  floated over the Salinas Grandes in Jujuy, Argentina carried by Aerocene Pacha. This historical Free Human Flight covered 667.85 metres and lasted 16 minutes, while inaugurating the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) category of Solar Ballooning. 

The forthcoming flight will be attempted with a new, much larger sculpture of  7000m3 of air, more than double of Aerocene Pacha’s 3000m3, in order to carry the message and movement for ecosocial justice further, higher, and longer, free from fossil fuels! 

Today, humanity’s dream of flight has become a nightmare. There are 1.3 million people in the air at any given time, releasing over 1 billion tons of CO2 annually, as the interests of capitalist systems continue to obscure an imaginary that shouldn’t be claimed by any bomb, missile, flag or billionaire. In addition to technological change, the decarbonization of the air and a just energy transition also demand significant behavioural change. This is -truly- not rocket science!!

The energy transition is having an unequal impact in the world, as the decarbonization of privileged people in the North is relying on a new phase of neo-colonial extractivism in the South, affecting human and non-human lives. In this context, Aerocene’s flight brings urgent messages from the global South to the global North, elevating only with the heat of the sun, carried by the currents of the wind and with no propellers, no combustion, no burning, no runways, no pipelines, no noise, no helium, no solar panels or lithium/batteries!

A form of flying for humans that used to be unthinkable is now possible. A metaphor of living, creating and relating otherwise with respect, care and dignity for the entangled and interconnected relations that grant life on Earth. In the context of the environmental crisis, the ongoing need to stop war-s, and the perpetuation of injustice, we will fly with Aerocene pilot Lea Zeberli, carrying messages of hope for peace now, as far as the sun and the winds will allow. 

We hope you will join us!

Our very best,

Aerocene

A community, a movement, a sculpture, an era for all.

BRIEF

Date/Time/Location:

Wednesday April 5th, 10am, weather/climate dependent.

The location follows the wind:  around Maintenon, France.

Please get in touch through +491705562277 if you need help with directions!

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Messages carried by Aerocene: “Water & Life are worth more than Lithium” was written by the Indigenous Communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc, Jujuy, Argentina.  

“Fly free from fossil fuels” –  “Stop War-s! Peace Now!” 

Stream it: Sign up here for the live stream and to stay in touch with the Aerocene community. 

World Records: The records to be attempted cover the Female and General categories for balloon classes AT- 11 through AT-15 in distance, duration and altitude. This will be the second occasion in the history of aviation that invokes FAI’s Ballooning Category AT: “free balloons which obtain buoyancy as a result of heating air using solar and/or external radiation sources”.

Aerocene Pilot: Lea Zeberli

EC-096 Aerocene Aerosolar vehicle:  Developed by Aerocene with UltraMagic Balloons

Moving images and sound will be part of Aerocene’s diverse living materials, which will be presented at:

Aerocene Festival at At Hangar Y, Meudon, France – 23 – 25 June 2023

Serpentine, London, England – June – September 2023

Produced by: Produced by the Aerocene Community and Foundation. Supported by the artistic creation funding program Mondes nouveaux. With the long term support of Eric and Caroline Freymond.

UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE AEROCENE WEBSITE, INSTAGRAMFACEBOOK, AND TWITTER.

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PROJECT CREDITS

Short caption (cannot be altered): Produced by the Aerocene Community and Foundation. Supported by the artistic creation funding program Mondes nouveaux. With the long term support of Eric and Caroline Freymond. Longer caption: This performance is produced by the Aerocene Foundation, and carries the messages “Water and Life are worth more than lithium”, written with the Indigenous Communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc, Jujuy, Argentina; “Fly free from fossil fuels”; and “Stop War-s! Peace Now!”. It builds on the 2020 Fly with Aerocene Pacha project, which broke 32 world records recognized by the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale), and became the most sustainable flight in human history, floating only with the heat of the sun, along the currents of the wind. Supported by the artistic creation funding program Mondes nouveaux. With the long term support of Eric and Caroline Freymond.

FAQs

Aerocene is an interdisciplinary community that brings together diverse artists, activists, geographers, philosophers, speculative scientists, balloonists, technologists, thinkers, and dreamers from around the world for collective performances towards eco-social justice. Its members seek to devise collaborative modes of ecological sensitivity increasing public awareness of global resource circulation, and reactivating a common imaginary towards an ethical collaboration with the environment and the atmosphere. Through a DIT (Do-It-Together) and open-source ethos, the community attempts to overcome abusive extractive practices, like oil, gas, and lithium mining among many others, that some humans have imposed on landscapes, ecosystems, communities, and other species. The group’s ever-evolving practice manifests in myriad ways, including the testing and circulation of aerosolar sculptures that become buoyant with nothing but the heat of the sun and infrared radiation from Earth’s surface—free from fossil fuels, batteries, lithium, solar panels, helium, and hydrogen. To build and float with an aerosolar sculpture is to engage participants in practices of thinking-through-making and collaborative action, triggering imagination and creativity, and spreading knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach that can extend into other fields of socio-environmental activism.⁠ Active in 126 cities, 43 countries and 6 continents, the Aerocene community has activated artistic environmental projects and floated over 8,000 minutes in the air, free from carbon, for climate justice. Find the Aerocene community’s Timeline and learn more on Aerocene.org

The records to be attempted cover the Female and General categories for balloon classes AT- 11 through AT-15 in distance, duration and altitude. In the case of altitude, it will mean the first such flight ever to attempt a FAI recognized World Record.

This will be the second occasion in the history of aviation that invokes FAI’s Ballooning Category AT: “free balloons which obtain buoyancy as a result of heating air using solar and/or external radiation sources”.

The World Record Attempt observers will be Mr. Corentin Ragot, professional balloon pilot from Maintenon, and Benoit Pelard, Delegate CIA for the French Balloon Federation.

In 2020, the flight of Aerocene Pacha inaugurated FAI’s AT Category in Salinas Grandes, Argentina, heralding the most sustainable flight in the history of aviation. These flights, their pilot, Leticia Marques, and the team of the international Aerocene Community, were awarded 32 World Records by FAI.

Three years later, the human flight in France will be the first time in history that solar ballooning World Records are attempted in Europe.

 

The records to be attempted cover the Female and General categories for balloon classes AT- 11 through AT-15 in distance, duration and altitude. In the case of altitude, it will mean the first such flight ever to attempt a FAI recognized World Record.

This will be the second occasion in the history of aviation that invokes FAI’s Ballooning Category AT: “free balloons which obtain buoyancy as a result of heating air using solar and/or external radiation sources”.

In 2020, the flight of Aerocene Pacha inaugurated FAI’s AT Category in Salinas Grandes, Argentina, heralding the most sustainable flight in the history of aviation. These flights, their pilot, Leticia Marques, and the team of the international Aerocene Community, were awarded 32 World Records by FAI.

Three years later, the human flight in France will be the first time in history that solar ballooning World Records are attempted in Europe.

Aerocene is able to float for much longer than a balloon fuelled by propane, which due to the weight of the propane can normally only travel for an hour. Moving only with the heat of the sun – an unlimited source of lifting potential – Aerocene can theoretically float from dawn till dusk, approximately 8-15 hours, depending on the season, location and weather. This project will allow the Aerocene Community to understand more about this capacity. Use the Aerocene App or Float Predictor to learn more and test a potential day or day-night journey using only solar power.

No. Aerocene during its flight creates no carbon emissions because it uses only the energy of the sun above us and the air we breathe. By comparison, an average-sized hot air balloon (2,200 m3) will use about 136 litres of liquid propane gas in a one hour flight. This is equivalent to 207 kgCO2e (at 1.522 kgCO2/l) or the equivalent carbon emissions of driving an average car 1,250 km. Source: Julie’s Bicycle, London.

Aerocene moves with the rhythms of the planet, meaning the distance and speed is dependent on the level of solar energy, wind speeds and weather. For this flight we will fly up to  25-30 km per hour for as long the sun and the weather condition are favourable. However, Aerocene is not focused on speed or the usual aims of mobility – faster, further, quicker. Rather, the community focuses on understanding the patience and relationship to the elements we need to drift and move in a way which ethically collaborates with Earth’s abundance of energy. Learn more with the Aerocene App or Float Predictor.

Yes, Aerocene is both a flying sculpture and a fully certified balloon aircraft built to all regulations, following all annual controls and insured. The pilot is a trained, licenced balloonist. Should the valve used to descend or the sandbags used to ascend fail, we carry a propane burner to use in case of emergency.

Salinas Grandes Meeting 2023

January 14—15, 2023
San Franciso del Alfarcito, Jujuy

We are running out of time. Faced with the worsening of the climate crisis and the urgency of the energy transition, our first message is:

We no longer want to be a sacrifice zone. We need the transition, but we cannot accept just any energy transition, such as the one that is currently trying to be imposed on the peoples of the South through lithium mining, which amplifies social, ethnic and environmental inequalities. We must listen to the voices of the territories, in defense of water, salt flats and our common goods.

This meeting marks the continuation of a long-standing relationship between the research and environmental artivism community Aerocene, founded in 2015 by artist Tomás Saraceno, and the indigenous communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc. In January 2020, the aerosolar sculpture Aerocene Pacha rose over the Salinas Grandes and floated with its pilot, Leticia Noemi Marqués, without the use of fossil fuels, helium or lithium, becoming the most sustainable flight in human history and setting 32 world records recognized by the FAI. The balloon carried the message “Water and life are worth more than lithium” written with the communities of Salinas Grandes and Laguna de Guayatayoc. The Fly with Aerocene Pacha project was supported by the music group BTS, curated by DaeHyung Lee.

On this occasion, the Aerocene team will travel together with representatives of the Colectivo de Acción por la Justicia Ecosocial (CAJE), including Maristella Svampa, Enrique Viale, Gastón Chillier, Melisa Argento, and Alejo de Risio, as well as the lawyer Alicia Chalabe and representatives of the Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Bruno Fornillo, from the group Geopolítica y bienes comunes, curator Inés Katzenstein, and writers and environmentalists Claudia Aboaf, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and Graciela Speranza.

In conjunction with an agenda of activities that includes workshops on key components for a just Ecosocial Transition from the global South and the centrality of the Rights of Nature in the defense of the Salinas Grandes and Laguna Guayatayoc watershed, the screening of the first cut of Pacha (Dir: Tomás Saraceno and Maximiliano Laina, Argentina/Germany, 2020) will take place. Pacha is an ever-changing film that will continue to be expanded and modified in ongoing dialogue with the communities, the changing situation in the Salinas Grandes, and the evolution of local and global strategies in the face of the environmental crisis, with a new arrangement being presented in June 2023 at Serpentine, London.

* Workshops require prior registration. If you’d like to participate please get in touch with via the Contact page

ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

Friday, January 13

PRESS CONFERENCE
11:30 hs.

Location: Union of Hotel and Gastronomic Tourism Workers (UTHGRA), Jujuy section, located at 676 Benito Bárcena St., San Salvador de Jujuy.

Saturday, January 14th

Location: Alfarcito Community

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

8 hs.

Community breakfast in San Francisco de Alfarcito

LEGAL STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
10 hs.

Workshop 1 – Legal Strategies and Visibilization of the Rights of the Salinas Grandes

COMMUNITY LUNCH

13 hs.

Community lunch in San Francisco de Alfarcito

VISIBILIZATION WORKSHOP
15 hs.

Practical workshops to generate strategies, images and messages for the visibilization of the struggle in defense of the Salinas Grandes.

PACHA SCREENING
19 hs.

Screening of Pacha (Dir: Tomás Saraceno and Maximiliano Laina, Argentina/Germany, 2020)

PACHA

A film with the Aerocene community by Tomás Saraceno with Maximiliano Laina, from the Fly with Aerocene Pacha series.

  • Argentina/Germany, 2020
  • Saturday 14 January 2023, 19 hs.
  • Club Social y Deportivo el Porvenir, Av. San Martín s/n, San Francisco de Alfarcito
  • 34 min.

Pacha highlights local communities’ transgenerational testimonies on climate change and their protest against lithium mega-mining, in defence of the salt flat’s fragile ecology, biodiversity and ancestral traditions.

Sunday, January 15th

Location: Alfarcito Community

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

8 hs.

Community breakfast in San Francisco de Alfarcito

ECOSOCIAL TRANSITION WORKSHOP
10 hs.

Workshop 2: How to give visibility to the struggle of communities in the face of the energy transition and increased lithium extraction – Several cases

COMMUNITY LUNCH

13 hs.

Community lunch in San Francisco de Alfarcito

VISIBILIZATION WORKSHOP
15 hs.

Practical workshops to generate strategies, images and messages for the visibility of the struggle in defense of the Salinas Grandes.

Ecosocial Justice Action Collective (CAJE)

Maristella Svampa, Enrique Viale, Gastón Chillier y Melisa Argento, Alejo di Risio

FARN - Environment & Natural Resources Foundation

Pía Marchegiani, María Laura Castillo Díaz

Mirá - Ecofeminist and Socio-environmental Collective

Maristella Svampa, Claudia Aboaf, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

AADEAA - Argentine Association of Environmental Lawyers

Enrique Viale, Maristella Svampa

Alicia Chalabe

Lawyer for the Indigenous Communities of Salinas Grandes, Jujuy

Verónica Chávez

President of the Aboriginal Community Santuario Tres Pozos

Inés Katzenstein

Visual Arts Curator

Graciela Speranza

Critic, Storyteller, Screenwriter

International Aerocene Community

Tomás Saraceno, Maxi Laina, Lucía Cash, Joaquín Ezcurra

Salvemos el Cerro de Villa del Dique

Durante el fin de semana del 15 y 16 de octubre, la comunidad de Aerocene participa del Encuentro Ambiental del Villa del Dique 2022, organizado por la Asamblea Salvemos el Cerro de Villa del Dique.

Dialogamos con Gabriel Marco, uno de los realizadores del Encuentro Ambiental: “En Villa del Dique, en el corazón del valle de Calamuchita, una empresa constructora -GNI @gni.desarrollos- se apropió del camino público y de las costas del lago para un desarrollo inmobiliario. Para eso abrió un camino de forma totalmente irregular destruyendo el bosque de monte nativo sin ninguna evaluación de impacto ambiental.”

La Asamblea de vecinos “Salvemos al Cerro de Villa del dique” se encuentra en pie de lucha y alerta ambiental frente a la devastadora acción de la mega desarrollista GNI SA, la cual se apropió irregularmente de las costas del lago del pueblo para construir viviendas de lujo con puerto privado para comercializar.

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La comunidad de Aerocene participó del encuentro volando tres esculturas aerosolares, a las que se les colgaron banderas en apoyo la causa del Cerro de Villa del Dique. Los vuelos se dieron con excelentes condiciones atmosféricas y fueron disfrutados por decenas de familias que visitaron el Encuentro Ambiental.

Al día siguiente, los integrantes de la Comunidad Aerocene arribaron al territorio con la intención de realizar un vuelo aerosolar manifestándose en contra de la destrucción del Cerro de la Cruz, pero la empresa de seguridad privada de la constructora GNI SA les impidió el acceso tanto por el camino como por las costas, argumentando que se trataba de propiedad privada.

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Invitamos a reflexionar: justifica un negocio inmobiliario semejante daño al entorno natural y patrimonio turístico de tan hermoso lugar?

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La Isla de La Paternal

On Sunday Septermber 27th, members of the Buenos Aires Aerocene Community gathered for an aero solar flight at “La Isla de La Paternal”. “La Isla”, or the island, is one of the Buenos Aires city most important green spaces: a green lung surrounded by the neighborhoods of La Paternal, Villa Ortúzar and Angronomía, now at risk of an excluding real estate development.

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Climate Strike Berlin 2021

The Aerocene Berlin community participated on the September 24th Climate Strike, carrying a fully inflated aerosolar sculpture that had been modified with an inscrption: Uproot the system.

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered outside Germany’s parliament on Friday calling on authorities to take stronger action against climate change.

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg addressed the Berlin crowd from a stage, urging voters to keep politicians under constant pressure over climate change.

“We can still turn this around,” she said. “We demand change, and we are the change.”

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Wetlands Protest at Congreso de la Nación

On Wednesday 18 August 2021, the Aerocene community of Buenos Aires and the islands of the Paraná River Delta participated in the demonstration in front of Congress in favour of the Wetlands Law. The protest was organised by different civil society groups, self-organised movements and political parties, coordinated by the Multisectorial Humedales.

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