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Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina) graduated with a degree in architecture from the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires in 1999. Later that year, he enrolled at Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de la Nación Ernesto de la Carcova, Buenos Aires, to study art and architecture. In 2001, Saraceno enrolled at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. During his studies in 2002, Saraceno began Cloud Cities, an ongoing research project to make a modular city in the clouds. Similar to his other series, Saraceno drew on natural formations of bacteria, foam, neural communication networks and arachnology to design his constructions. After graduating in 2003, Saraceno attended the ‘Progettazione e Produzione delle Arti Visive’ (Design and Production of Visual Arts) course at Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice, run by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Olafur Eliasson.

 

Saraceno’s ongoing project Hybrid Webs began in 2008, and was born out of his interest in the origins of the cosmos and the structure of spacetime. It involves scanning, reconstructing and reimagining spiders’ webs to examine different living spaces and methods of interaction. Saraceno’s spider silk sculptures, exhibited in 2015 at Tanya Bonakder Gallery, New York, are displayed either in hanging frames or laid on paper. They are used by cosmologists as analogies for how ‘cosmic webs’, clusters of galaxies connected by filaments, began to form after the Big Bang. Saraceno uses the complex geometries of the reproductions to understand new ways in which cities can be built. The components can also exist in isolation as independent sculptures or installations. Since 2008, Saraceno has collaborated with scientific institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Max Planck Institute, Munich; Nanyang Technological University of Singapore; and Natural History Museum, London. He has worked to develop research into the realisation of alternative ways of approaching architecture.

 

In 2009, Saraceno attended the International Space Studies Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. Later that year he exhibited at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the prestigious Calder Prize. He was the first artist-in-residence at the Center for Art, Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012, and among others, has been artist-in-residence at Centre National d’Études Spatiales, Toulouse, and Atelier Calder, Saché, France. Saraceno’s work is in the collection of Lumas Foundation, Zurich; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Solo exhibitions have been held at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Barbican Art Centre, London; and Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Saraceno lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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