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Investigation, In collaboration with Aerocene Team | 10 September, 2019, 5:23-19:45 GMT
Olympiapark, Munich, Germany 
48°10'14.4"N 11°33'15.9"W
Airborne sculptures | Plastic film,  Atmospheric currents, Solar radiation

Aerocene -
Rethinking Environmental Sensing
with Tomás Saraceno

Aerocene is a series of experiments launched by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno with airborne sculptures aiming to explore the possibility of environmental sensing. Mobile structures made of black plastic membrane, like a bloom. It applies atmospheric physics principles that rely on solar radiation from the sun during the day, and infrared from the surface of the Earth at night. Its inflatable technology with zero carbon emission for air transportation allows them to be navigated solely by atmospheric currents.

The balloon-like sculpture which is as light as air, and is surrounds by the air. Essentially, the structure itself could be viewed as just another type of air driven by atmospheric currents. But the thin film on its surface turns the air into a tangible object, revealing the opaque politics of border crossing. After reporting to Air Traffic Control between countries, the floating structure (83AQI) was free from borders. It launched from Munich, Germany, on 10 September 2019 at 5:23, flew 247.9 miles and back down to the Earth on the same day, in the evening near Sloupnice, the Czech Republic, at 19:45.

As with the film on the surface of the sculpture makes a clear air division but allows solar radiation to infiltrate, divisions can also be a cultural or a political affair function in the same state. Delimitations such as borders are geographic boundaries of political entities, airspace is the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a country above its territory. To cross these invisible boundaries requires a hierarchical authorisation. They are dominant division imposed over the natural environment through human agency.

Here, the boundaries whether visiable or invisiable, it stands at the intersection of connection-division, and block-osmosis. Due to these shifts of the instability, indeterminacy of boundaries, we are potentially displacing the localities between ‘over here’ and ‘over there’, reverse ‘inside’ and ‘outside’.