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Tomás Saraceno

Cosmic Filaments


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Tomás Saraceno's experimental artistic practice combines the conventions of art, architecture, and the natural sciences to expand ideas about being and inhabiting the world. Cosmic Filaments is a site-specific installation comprising three iridescent objects that hang from the ceiling, a single polyhedron-shaped module out of which grow two larger clusters of three and five modules that together span the distance of the Museum's lobby.They are suspended in a network of ropes that replicate the tensile strength, flexibility, and absorbing visual intricacies of a spider web. The three geometric modules simultaneously evoke interstellar configurations, microscopic cellular systems, and biospheres in which humans could eventually exist.

This work is directly related to Saraceno's project Air-Port-City / Cloud City (2001-present), a visionary proposal for a city in the sky consisting of a series of bubble-like cells fueled by solar energy that migrate and recombine as freely as clouds themselves. Like Air-Port-City / Cloud City, Cosmic Filaments suggests a utopian vision of life in the air while also acting out a material and spatial investigation into issues of sustainability, mobility, cohabitation, and collectivity in the present. [Permanent collection label, 2023]

  • Artist Tomás Saraceno (Argentine, b. 1973)
  • Title Cosmic Filaments
  • Date 2019
  • Medium Dichroic filters, polyacrylic panels, stainless steel, and polyester rope
  • Dimensions overall | 17′6″ x 53′ x 27′8″
  • Credit line University purchase with funds from the William T. Kemper Foundation and Art on Campus fund, 2019
  • Object number WU 2019.0003

crates received 7/23/2019; installation complete 8/16/2019
the Artist and Tonya Bonakdar Gallery

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