Tomás Saraceno leads a two-day workshop imagining possible solutions to forming habitats in extreme locations... and in particular deep space.
Drawing on the ideas of visionary architect Buckminster Fuller who said that as inhabitants of Spaceship Earth ‘we are all Astronauts’, Saraceno and his team of experts invite people to join him to envisage living in outer space and what structures that would entail.
Approximate duration per day - 3 hours.
Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina)
In view of the predicaments facing planet Earth - the accelerating ecological crisis, overpopulation, the social and political effects of globalisation - Tomás Saraceno considers art as 'a space to imagine possible futures. It's a necessity to really think about how we want to live.' His experimental work encompasses utopian architectural proposals, inflatable sculptures and environmental installations that explore visionary ideas for a sustainable metropolis in the sky. These are manifested in his on-going project, Air-Port-City. Saraceno's clusters and constellations of transparent, balloon-like biospheres are inspired by structures and configurations found in nature - clouds, soap bubbles, spider webs, sponges - and his interdisciplinary interests and approaches have led him to collaborate with scientists at NASA as well as with engineers, chemist, botanists, astrophysicists and arachnologists. 'Utopia needs to include everyone and everything,' Saraceno believes. 'We all need the courage to dream, to share the responsibility of not only one, but many possible futures.'