Down to Earth
Ally Bisshop and Roland Mühlethaler in conversation with Tomás Saraceno
The Argentinian architect, performance and installation artist Tomás Saraceno brings together knowledge of art and both natural and social sciences in his artistic practice and will talk about sustainability in art and ecological balance in working practice.
- 1 h 30 min
- In German
Tomás Saraceno is an Argentinian architect, performance and installation artist. He lives and works in Berlin. His practice moves toward the entanglement of diverse threads of thought, including art, life science and the social sciences. Enmeshed at the junction of these worlds, his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment, especially our atmosphere. His profound interest in spiders and their webs led to the formation of the Arachnophilia team at his studio: With an emphasis on collaborative interaction he also became the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection in existence. In the Gropius Bau, Saraceno orchestrates the existing cobwebs with the help of rays of light entering the room. Protected from pesticides and saved from extinction, the spiders occupied the rooms in the building long before the exhibition was set up. The cobwebs are their homes and we are their guests – just as we are guests of the planet. The webbings, which become visible through daylight, invite us to think about sympoietic futures and to sharpen our view of how living and non-living entities are connected.