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Strange cloud forms float in the Forum space… Part architectural model, part plastic installation, a new work by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno offers a politicized, poetic alternative to contemporary lifestyles.
Cloud Cities is part of a wider project steered and evolved by the artist through successive interventions in situ: a potential habitat beyond terrestrial frontiers, enabling mankind to overcome issues of over-population and environmental destruction. Cloud-cities are an architectural utopia visualised – for the time being – in the form of contemporary art installations.
Using natural forms – spiders’ webs, soap bubbles, clouds – Tomás Saraceno (a trained architect) has developed a series of polyhedric modules which seek (in the artist’s words) to ‘defy today’s political, social, cultural and military constraints and attempt to inculcate new concepts of synergy in their place.’ The work offers a poetic perspective on the concept of a lighter, more transparent future, as part of a bold, ongoing examination of the issues shaping our contemporary world.
Born in Argentina in 1973, Tomás Saraceno lives and works in Frankfurt. He attracted international attention at the 2006 Sao Paolo Biennale, and the Venice Biennale of 2009. His monumental installations generate powerful images at venues worldwide – like his extraordinary work at the Towada Art Center in Aomori, Japan, in 2008.