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Socle du Monde Biennale 2017

Maristella Svampa

On Earth Day weekend (20-21 April 2017) at HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark, Aerocene Explorer sculptures came to mark the opening of the Socle du Monde Biennale, looking past the Anthropocene to help co-create a CO2-free future.

Re-imagining Earth Day and casting focus upward, a new “Air Day” was established to reclaim our collective ownership of the atmosphere. The launch activities centered around the Aerocene Explorer, an open-source, do-it-together floating sculpture kit for solar-powered atmospheric exploration.

Filled only with air, lifted only by the Sun, carried only by the wind, the Explorer sculptures can be equipped with motion trackers that register their entire float path, their movements forming ‘signatures in the air’ in a global Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels – a unified statement of moving toward a more sustainable way of inhabiting our planet.

Six Explorers – the Aquarii, Leonis, Gilese, Kappa, Tau, and Lyncis – will remain at HEART – Herning for the duration of the Socle du Monde Biennale (until 27 August 2017), offering a unique opportunity for anyone to come and learn how to float an Explorer themselves.