Visionary artist Tomás Saraceno creates inflatable and airborne biospheres with the morphology of soap bubbles, spider webs, neural networks or cloud formations, which are speculative models for alternate ways of living.
Tomás SaracenoTomás Saraceno’s biography notes that he “was born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina; lives and works between and beyond the planet earth.” Cloud City was installed on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Saraceno has recently exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Walker Art Center and the 2009 Venice Biennale. He has held residencies at the Atelier Calder in France and participated in the NASA International Space Studies Program. Learn more about Tomás Saraceno.
Tomás Saraceno is the inaugural Visiting Artist at MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).
An artist trained as an architect, Saraceno deploys theoretical frameworks and insights from engineering, physics, chemistry, aeronautics and materials science. His residency at MIT focuses on advancing new work for the ongoing Cloud Cities series. On Space Time Foam, a project created for HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy, is a multi-layered habitat of membranes suspended 24 meters above the ground that is inspired by cosmology and life sciences. Each level has a different climate and air pressure and will react to the movement of visitors through it. In a later iteration, the work will become a floating biosphere above the Maldives Islands that is made habitable with solar panels and desalinated water.
Tomás Saraceno’s residency is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.
Moving Beyond Materiality
November 15, 2012
MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno discusses the speculative context and experimental materials of his Cloud Cities with Nader Tehrani and Antón García-Abril.
Visit to Nano-Machines: Studio Course
Visit to History + Theory of Architecture and Art
Visit to School of Architecture + Planning
Visit to Science, Technology, and Society
Visit to School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Visit to Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climates
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Visit to Building Technology Group
An interdisciplinary program sponsored jointly the Department of Architecture, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Visit to Horvitz Laboratory
Department of Biology
Wired: Milan Art Installation Has Visitors Walking on Air
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City
Huffington Post: ‘On Space Time Foam’ Is An Enormous Suspended Trampoline
During his week at MIT, Saraceno met with over twenty scientists, architects, and engineers across the Institute for conversations about biomimicry, cosmology, atmosphere and flight. Saraceno is currently collaborating with professor Markus Buehler, head of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and postdoctoral associate Zhao Qin to investigate the structural properties of spider webs. Using the data set generated from Saraceno’s previous work in modeling 3-D spider webs, the lab will 3-D print the web and run simulations to determine the strength and flexibility of the individual strands and of the web as a whole. For more information, check out “Conversations on Biomimicry” on the CAST Blog.
Antón García-Abril is Professor of Architecture at MIT and founder of ENSAMBLE STUDIO, a firm committed to architectural application of conceptual and structural experimentation.
Nader Tehrani is a Professor and Department Head of the MIT Department of Architecture, and is Principal and Founder of NADAAA, an architectural practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dörthe M. Eisele is a Postdoctoral Associate in the MIT Center for Excitonics.
Jerome I. Friedman is Institute Professor, Emeritus, and Nobel Laureate, Physics.
Elizabeth Goldring is a Fellow (2008-2012) in the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies.
Jeffrey Grossman is the Carl Richard Soderberg Associate Professor of Power Engineering in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
R. John Hansman is the T. Wilson Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of the MIT International Center for Air Transportation.
Lodovica Illari is a Senior Lecturer in Synoptic Meteorology in the MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climates.
Robert Jaffe is the Jane and Otto Morningstar Professor of Physics.
Caroline Jones is a Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture.
Les Norford is a Professor and Associate Head of the MIT Department of Architecture.
Otto Piene is Professor Emeritus in the MIT Department of Architecture.
Skylar Tibbits is a Lecturer in the MIT Department of Architecture.
Meejin Yoon is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the MIT Department of Architecture Undergraduate Program.
Brian Wardle is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of the Necstlab and Nano-Engineered Composite Aerospace Structures Consortium.
Rosalind Williams is the Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society.