Aerocene Argentina CCK

Aerocene Explorer Argentina Tata Inti - performance with eight aerocene explorer ARGENTINA 6-7 AUGUST 2017 8:55 a.m.

The Aerocene Explorer performance, Tata Inti – (father sun) doesn’t try to get closer to the sun. Instead what it does is to play with the way in which the sun and the air interact with each other in thermodynamic balance.

In Greek mythology, Icarus and his father Daedalus, attempted to escape from imprisonment in Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Daedalus, warns him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness would not clog his wings or the sun’s heat melt them. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions and flew too close to the sun; the wax in his wings melted, the feathers fell off and he tumbled out of the sky and into the sea where he drowned.

Icarus is us and the Anthropocene. It is our attempt to emancipate ourselves from nature, to objectify it as an extraneous body, to exceed it, to become its ruler and the ruler of all the beings placed in its kingdom, giving us an excuse to act as if they were not alive as we are, they were not equally legitimated to exist. The dynamic of “othering” through naturalization have been the epistemological justification for exterminations, genocides and exploitation throughout history.

Tata Inti  doesn’t try to get closer to the sun and enter in relation with it through our anthropocentric hubris.

Instead what it does is to play with the way in which the sun and the air interact with each other in thermodynamic balance. When Tanta Inti flies, it traces a narrative thread in the terrestrial  tapestry, that allow us to read the interlacement of the world, the entanglement of different forces that create the condition of life, becoming an interpreter of one of the many languages of the ecosphere.

To overcome the dichotomy between man and nature would lead us to the impossibility of ethically dividing the existing into two categories: subject and object, in which nature is always an object and it is assigned to a “diminished” order of reality, something that is up for grab, existing to serve us.

In this time of crisis, where appropriating is not enough, due to the more and more limited amount of natural resources, we are actually working to replace nature, and, as contemporary Icaro we are punished by our own blindness, the inability to reconsider the organism we are part of, once again thinking of it as an object without agency.

During the Tata Inti performance, the movements of the Aerocene sculptures in the air become aerogliphs; their trajectories are inscriptions that compose a codex, a codex that allow us to interpret the atmosphere, the strata that is created by the interaction of the planet with other cosmic bodies. As any language, it is both written and oral: catching infrasound, it gives a voice to the murmur of the world, recording the vibratory score of worldly events.

In such a way, the Aerocene sculptures embrace the earth, the air and the sun, dance at their dance and with their simplicity become an envelope that contain their entangled movements.

If “the speaking of language is part of an activity, or of a form of life” (Wittgenstein) then the aeroglyph of Aerocene unravel a language that composes poems in the air, and tells us of a new form of life, a post-anthropocenic, one that rediscovers the lure of earthly phenomena and acts following the paths traced by its invisible forces. Its fluctuation echo a re-enchantment that comes from afar, and it’s embodied in the multifarious mythological repertoire that humans built since the beginning: the Andean cosmology of Tata Inti, the Father Sun, also called the Life Giver, or the astronomical calendar inscribed on the Nazcas geoglyphs, or again Helios in ancient greek mythology, that Icarus wasn’t able to reach.

As an aerial stele, it will remain for the posterity as a testimony of a different epoch, the one of the Aerocene, a wish to overcome the bifurcation between man and nature.

“Instead of there being a separation of subject and object, there is an entanglement of subject and object, which is called the “phenomenon.” Karen Barad

With the support of CCK

#aeroceneargentina #aerocene #cck #tecnopolis #mediosycontenidos

Jujuy, Argentina performance participants

Alicia de Arteaga, Maxi Bellman, Martín Bonadeo, Joaquín Ezcurra, Agustina de Ganay, Guido Ignatti, Maximiliano Laina, Pablo Lapadula, Inés Leyba, Eduardo Marengo, Ana Martínez Quijano, Tomás Saraceno, Sven Steudte, Pio Torroja,
Gabriela Urtiaga

Tecnopolis workshop and performance participants

Sabrina Martinez Zunni, Guido Poloni, Sofia Petit de Meurville, Laura Daldin, Laura Nieves, Magdalena Molinari, Analia Laura Palavecino, Yisell Sarasua, Mauricio Florentino, Martín Bonadeo, Pablo La Padula, Maximiliano Bellmann, Mateo Amaral, Hernán Soriano, Alfio Demestre, Mariano Giraud, Daniela Gutierrez. Patricia Saragueta, Erica Bohm, Guadalupe Pardo, Oliverio Duhalde, Santiago Orti, Joaquin Ezcurra, Agustina de Ganay, Guido Ignatti, Tomás Saraceno, Sven Steudte, Mauricio Corbalán


If you would like to experiment with the Aeroglyphs created in Jujuy, you can find them liked below and feel free to download them. You only need Google Earth soft installed on your computer, by double-clicking file, the balloon’s trajectory will open.

This project was possible thanks to the support of

Centro Cultural Kirchner

Free Flight Schönefeld 22 JUL 2017


Helianthus Free Flight

Schönfelde,  Germany


travel the world without wind,                    by becoming the wind.

Launch place : Schönfelde.
Date: 22 July
Time: From 7am on 
Sunrise Time: 5:08 Am Sunset Time: 9:12 Pm
Weather: Partially cloudy, 17-27º Main Wind Direction: East Average Wind Speed: 10 Km/h
Field Condition: OkField Options: OkPermissions: Ok

Become lighter than air. That´s our dream, the utopia we are trying to unfold,

In a world made of boundaries, Aerocene  is working toward a demilitarization and decolonization of the sky, to build a community that will take to the air in the spirit of a new era, and raise a new awareness of the air we all breath. This is another attempt to float within the natural rhythms of the Earth and its atmosphere, by observing the ocean above us.


In the middle of a kindly warm German summer, six experimental solar balloons have been tested by representatives of the Aerocene community and the team.

The weather was perfect for the use of another instrument: the inflating bicycle, whose only power source is directly applied human effort. A fan attached to the back wheel filled up the balloons with air, without using any electricity, and it gave us the possibility to watch the balloons becoming bigger and bigger very quickly.

Helianthus and the Explorer Quartet hovered above the grass field for a while, dancing among people, tuning with the Earth beat. After a while however, it was time for the spheres to rest, and the team followed.

“Being balloon is to fly, certainly, but it is more so to float without much haste, perhaps just a little buoyant, maybe even just hovering above the ground, imperceptibly”. 

Peter Adey

Next float up was the black Aerocene Helianthus Explorers duo, chosen to be our free travelers for the day. Equipped with cameras, GPS trackers and an infrasound recorder, they surfed the air above Schönfelde, crossing the ceiling of the clouds and detecting the symphony played by the living particles in the air.

Aerocene Helianthus Explorers traveled 480 km distance, floating in the skies for over 7 hours, reaching 15353 m altitude, all without any carbon, fossil fuels, helium, hydrogen, burners, or engines – using only air currents and the heat of the sun.

Aerocene Helianthus Flight has been one of the longest flight in the history of Aerocene experiments. It has been chased for two days and retrieved by our experts the night of 24.07.2017 in Łączno, Poland. For the team, it was a beautiful surprise to discover that the balloons were already been folded and kept safe by an extraordinary kind family from the village, which realized the importance of the flying sculptures and helped them out.


“Aerocene is a project about friendship, about the relationship between air, universe, humans, sun, animals, plants, planets. It is a project showing how shared enthusiasm becomes the common ground to shared dreams. Where time becomes different, where energy and inspiration are endless resources.

I can only hope that this family will grow even bigger.”

Tomás Saraceno

Aerocene floating at Forest of Imagination in Bath 29 June – 2 July 2017

Aerocene floating at

Forest of Imagination in Bath

29 June – 2 July 2017

A four-day participatory, contemporary arts event and creative learning programme, Forest of Imagination is delivered by a collaborative team of local creative organisations in Bath, UK. Transforming a familiar public place into an inclusive space for contemporary creativity and intuitive play, the festival offers an immersive experience for participants through interactive installations, artworks and workshops. Forest of Imagination is free and open to all.

This years edition of the festival takes the idea of our ‘natural home’ into the unique landscape of Bushey Norwood located right on the edge of the city of Bath. This prehistoric meadow landscape, with mature open grown trees surrounded by pockets of woodland and elevated views, has many similarities to the African savannah, often considered the first human habitat. This provides the perfect setting to explore the idea of where we feel most at home – is it in the city or in the nature?


During the festival, an Aerocene Explorer Sculpture was launched to further investigate the importance of our atmosphere, collaborating with forgotten supply chains – the planet itself.

The sculpture flew high above Bushey Norwood, only using wind currents and the heat of the sun. The air-fuelled sculpture reached up to eight metres in size, without fossil fuels, helium, solar panels or batteries. An exploration into navigation, architecture, the future of human habitation and the environment, Aerocene sculptures were born among Aerocene Foundation after having expanded together with its worldwide community.

“Bushey Norwood proved the perfect place for linking the city of Bath to the forest edge. The landscape’s ancient trees, wooded dells and meadows all called for exploration. Many visitors to the event have remarked on how the beautiful walks between the installations were an integral part of the creative Forest experience. On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to thank all those who came to visit Forest and hope they enjoyed discovering this lesser known part of Bath in its full summer glory.” Andrew Grant, Director of Grant Associates and co-founder of Forest of Imagination, comments.

The launch was been possible thanks to the Aerocene Foundation and Forest of Imagination Organization and volunteers.

Whatch the video here and share your thoughts with us!

All the images are taken from Forest of Imagination Aerocene Movie

Aerocene Istanbul

On 1st of June our Aerocene friend Yelta Köm launched the Explorer in Istanbul shores with group of people from Architecture for All. Here you can find their Aerocene Log of the flight.

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4 March Schönfelde Launch – Thermal Imaging

4 March 2017 Schönfelde Launch: 51 Pegasi b, Schellin, and an Explorer Trio

Arriving in Schönfelde, a field in Brandenburg, Germany, just after sunrise, members of the Aerocene team met Radioamateurs Sven Steudte and Thomas Krahn, and quickly began setting up for our launch. Spirits were high – we brought five Aerocene solar sculptures to the site, hopeful that the weather conditions would allow for a series of successful launches.

The best time for launching sculptures is early in the morning, because at this time, wind speeds and outside temperatures are relatively low, both important factors in achieving a powerful lift.  Each Aerocene sculpture floats without burning fossil fuels, without batteries, and without helium, hydrogen or other rare gases. Their thermodynamic rise utilises only the power of the Sun, air, and wind currents. 

A trio of Aerocene Explorer sculptures was the first to be launched. Two of us held the Explorer open and started to run, sealing it quickly after it filled with collected air.

We repeated the process twice more, until three Explorers were filled and ready. Even though it was pretty overcast, the Sun broke through the clouds intermittently. The sculptures rested and became gradually heated by sunlight, until the temperature inside them rose higher than the surrounding air outside.

Once the Explorers sufficiently heated, they began to float. The temperature differential becomes acutely visible with the aid of an infrared camera, which detects the amount of heat emitting from people or objects.

Soon all three Explorers were in the air. Remaining afloat throughout the launch, the tethered family of sculptures danced through the air, their movements choreographed by the push and pull of the winds. 

The 51 Pegasi b, a new large lightweight (9 g/sq. m) sculpture, began to inflate. As we planned to launch it without a tether, we had already secured flight permission and alerted aviation authorities to the flight.

In the days leading up to the launch, many people had tried to estimate where the Pegasi might land by checking weather forecasts and using the Float Predictor, a global forecasting system that utilises open meteorological data to predict the flight paths of Aerocene solar flying sculptures. 

An online challenge was issued to try and predict the landing point of the Pegasi on this map. 

After the Pegasi inflated, we attached its payload.

The payload comprised the following sensing devices: a Pican Pica tracker, SPOT satellite GPS tracker, a GoPro camera, APRS byonics, and a radar reflector. Thanks to Sven Steudte (Radioamateur) for providing his Pican Pica for this launch.

The Pegasi warmed in the Sun, and we prepared for lift off.
After running with the Pegasi, it soon began to rise. It was released into the sky, rapidly lifting and floating with the wind, away from sight.

The Pegasi’s float trajectory was tracked on the APRS website.

Wilhelm-Hack-Museum (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and Museum Haus Konstructiv (Zurich, Switzerland) were following along live as well, having supported this launch as a part of Tomás Saraceno’s solo exhibition Aerosolar Journeys, which we cordially invite you to visit.

The Pican Pica camera began to transmit some fascinating aerial photos from onboard the Pegasi.

Meanwhile, back on Earth... As the weather conditions were still favourable, we prepared our final sculpture for launch. This sculpture, the Schellin, was outfitted with a cut-down mechanism, in order to test our geo-fencing system.

Geo-fencing creates an invisible perimeter beyond reach an Aerocene sculpture can not cross. When the geo-fence is triggered, a cut-down mechanism will be activated, which will force the sculpture to descend. This is a way of making sure an Aerocene does not float over areas where recovery would be problematic, i.e. over the ocean. Thanks to Alexander Bouchner from TU-Braunschweig for developing a cut-down mechanism for this experiment.

Due to the position of the sculpture and wind speeds, the Schellin did not launch on the first attempt, but we were determined to try again. 

Finally, the Schellin lifted skyward, joining the other Aerocene sculptures in the ocean of air above us. Everyone was thrilled to be able to launch five Aerocene sculptures in a single morning!

Two Aerocene sculptures, the Pegasi and the Schellin, were still floating in the air, and we continued to track their movements, soon discovering that both had crossed the German border into Poland. While some of the group then finished the launch by packing up and having a nice lunch, two of us jumped in a van and started to follow the Pegasi eastward, via the Pican Pica and SPOT trackers, hoping to recover them when they landed. 

It was discovered that Pegasi sculpture landed in northwest Poland at 12:52 p.m. Launched at 10:02 a.m. on 4 March 2017, the Pegasi floated nearly 3 hours and reached an altitude of 9 km before landing! We are now trying to determine the reason for the Pegasi’s relatively sudden descent. 


© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017
© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017© Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2017

Our stellar team tracked the Pegasi soon after it landed around 3:00 p.m. in an area close to Glezno, Poland.

The Pegasi sculpture landed high in the trees near a small lake in a marsh area. The team managed to retrieve it the next morning with some very kind help from the local residents.

Many thanks to everyone who joined the 4 March 2017 Schönfelde launch both online and in person, and to Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein,  Museum Haus Konstruktiv, ZurichPublic Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, and Radioamateur for their invaluable support and dedication. If you would like to get involved in preparing for the next Aerocene launch, write to us at Until next time…!

#aerocene #pegasi #schellin #liftedbythesun


03/04/2017 10:02:51 AM
52.45095, 14.0485

03/05/2017 12:52:06 AM
53.14799, 15.345

2:49:15 H

127 KM


03/04/2017 11:09:50 AM
52.45106, 14.04846

03/04/2017 07:37:40 PM
53.71835, 20.09727

8:28:50 H

475 KM

Aug 27 launch: Schönfelde, Germany



Hello Aerocene friends and pilots,

Join us for the next leg of the Aerocene “Around the World” carbon-free solar journey!

This Saturday, 27 August at 7:00 a.m., we will be launching Aerocene solar balloon sculptures with atmospheric recording sensor payloads in Schönfelde, Germany (2 hours from Berlin by train). Aerocene traveling sculptures transcend boundaries between art and science and have become a visionary open participatory platform of knowledge production and distribution. In addition to the launch, we invite you to a participate in two challenges and win a prize. This launch is entirely dependent on the weather, so let’s hope for clear, sunny skies with very little wind so we can lift off. If the weather prohibits us from launch ing, we will reschedule to another date. The location for this launch was selected because it falls outside the D-CTR area in Berlin, necessary due to local air traffic regulations.


Challenge 2: 

Be the first to locate the Gemini after it has landed, and help us launch it again!

The first to locate and retrieve the Gemini on the ground will win an aerial video of this leg of Aerocene’s “Around the World” carbon-free solar journey, shot by the Gemini sculptures’ cameras!

Challenge 1:

Can you accurately forecast where the Aerocene Gemini will land?

These are the coordinates for the launch: 52°27’32.4”N 14°03’15.3”E Plot your prediction on this map. Click “Add marker,” then select your forecasted landing point on the map, and add your name to the point when prompted. Whoever forecasts closest to where the Gemini lands will win an aerial video of this leg of the “Around the World” Aerocene journey, shot by the Gemini sculptures’ cameras!


Aerocene sculptures to be launched: Gemini (TS/Sl5048), Explorer 1.0, Tetrahedron Transparent (TS/S15180) Total payload capacity: approx. 1.4 kg TRACK the flight path and collect atmospheric data in real time: (Click on the sculpture icon, then click “Show telemetry,” and you will see the data (temperature, humidity, air pressure, etc.) You can WATCH the live video stream for three days after the flight:, and you can see our live video stream images here Special guests: Nick Shapiro (Public Lab), Sven Steudte (Radio Amateur), and from Studio Tomás Saraceno, Adrian Krell, Daniel Schulz, Cara Cotner, Irin Siriwattanagul, Kotryna šlapšinskaitė, and Saverio Cantoni The Aerocene project is a collective endeavour that is being currently developed by a team, united under a non-profit organisation. The sculptures are paving the way for the most sustainable and energy efficient vehicle humans have ever created. Come join us this Saturday. Forecast the Gemini’s landing. Track it down and help us to relaunch, as Aerocene moves “Around the World.” Exercise your thermodynamic imagination.


 Gemini Free flight 27 Aug 2016

On 27 August 2016, just after sunrise, Aerocene returned to the skies once again, embarking on the next leg of its “Around the World” carbon-free solar  journey.


 The Aerocene Gemini was able to reach a highest altitude of 16,283 m (53,422 ft)!  The Aerocene Gemini was able to reach a highest altitude of 16,283 m (53,422 ft)!

Temperature inside and outside/AIR PRESSURE/ HumiditY:

Telemetry history graphs for DL7AD-11 in 48 hours

The online challenge:

As for the landing point forecasting challenge, unfortunately there were no winners this time, as no one’s prediction fell within 20 km of the actual landing point. Special mention goes to the 3 people who guessed the closest: Claudia Melendez, Maria Cohen, and yes, Tomás Saraceno! There will be further chances to win coming soon – we are already planning our next launch as our global circumnavigation continues, step by step!


Test launch at Ehra-Lessien refugee camp, Germany

Thank you

Thank you to all the participants from IAK-Braunschweig who came to Ehra-Lessien refugee camp on June 3rd! While we were unable to launch any Aerocene sculptures due to high winds and clouds, the workshop was great.

We look forward to going back again very soon!