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Aerocene Newspaper II (2023)

Aerocene. Movements for the Air | Munich Landing (2020)

Aerocene Newspaper I, 2017

Aerocene Reader: Exhibition Road (2016)

Sensing Art in the Atmosphere

Sensing Art in the Atmosphere: Elemental Lures and Aerosolar Practices was first published in 2020, and traces the potential of artistic, community-driven experiments to amplify our sensing of atmosphere, marrying attentions to atmospheric affect with visceral awareness of the materials, institutions and processes hovering in the air.

Drawing on six years of practice-led research with artistic and activist initiatives Museo Aero Solar and Aerocene, initiated by artist Tomás Saraceno, each chapter develops creative relations to atmosphere from the studio to stratospheric currents. Through narrative-led writing, the voices of artists and collaborators are situated and central. In dialogue with these aerographic stories and sites, the book develops a notion of elemental lures: the sensual and imaginative propositions of aerial, atmospheric and meteorological phenomena. The promise of elemental lures, Engelmann suggests, is to reconcile our sensing of atmosphere with the myriad social, cultural and political forces suspended in it. Through tales of floating journeys, shared envelopes of breath and surreal levitations, the book foregrounds the role of art in crafting alternative modes of perceiving, moving and imagining (in) the air.

The book ends with a call for elemental experiments in the geohumanities. It makes an important and original contribution to elemental geographies, the geohumanities and interdisciplinary scholarship on air and atmosphere.

Aeronauts unite!

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?

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.