"Utopia, extropia, atopia, utopies réalisables, dystopia, and more … I need them all, a place and a non-place … I encounter the possible impossibilities every night in my dreams, the best possible scenarios and nightmares, as well—necessary states … But I also wake up, at least I hope so sometimes … Utopian dreams drive us towards the impossible. Jules Verne commented that “all that is impossible remains to be achieved.” If we don’t set our aims high, how do we expect to move forward? … Utopia needs to include everyone and everything, and we all need the courage to dream, to share the responsibility of not only one, but many possible futures. The arts, as with any other discipline, can play a role in this, within a network of correlations and interrelated ecosystems of where I, you, we live. Once we wish for something, everything else can be achieved. The problem lies in stimulating these wishes. Many ideas are in a latent state, needing to be translated, interpreted … but nothing is more real than our engagement in a dialogue.."
Tomás Saraceno’s (b.1973, Argentina) oeuvre could be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Aerocene, an open-source community project for artistic and scientific exploration initiated from Saraceno’s vision, becomes buoyant only by the heat of the Sun and infrared radiation from the surface of Earth.
In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the Natural History Museum London.
He was the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions worldwide, and directed the Institute of Architecture-related Art (IAK) at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany (2014–2016). He has held residencies at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (2014–2015), MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (2012–ongoing) and Atelier Calder (2010), among others. In 2009, Saraceno attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA Ames. The same year he presented a major installation at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and was later awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. His work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions such as Aerocene, at Solutions COP21, Grand Palais, Paris; Arachnid Orchestra. Jam Sessions, at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Becoming Aerosolar, at 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna (all 2015); In orbit, at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein- Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf (2013–ongoing); On the Roof: Cloud City, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2012); Cloud Cities, at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011–12), amongst others. Saraceno’s work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; among others. Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.
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Vito Acconci is an American artist and architect. Best known for his provocative and often radical art-making practices. Acconci has been a vital presence in contemporary art since the late 1960s; his confrontational and ultimately political works have evolved from writing through conceptual art, bodyworks, performance, film, video, multimedia installation and architectural sculpture. In the mid 1980s, Acconci began creating experimental architecture, design, and public sculpture. In 1988, he set up Acconci Studio, an architectural practice that executes public commissions around the world.
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Regina Heinz is an Austrian-born ceramic artist, designer and lecturer with a passion for colour, form and beautiful vibrant ceramic surfaces.
Regina creates feature walls that explore the relationship between art, architecture and landscape and introduce rich and sensual ceramic surfaces into architectural spaces.
Since 2011 Regina has been working with leading art consultants, developers and luxury interior design companies to create individual art works as well as large scale commissions for corporate and private clients.
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