Rethinking Environmental Sensing with Aerocene

Investigation work | 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,  GPS tracker

Aerocene is an open source project launched by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno. In this project, the 'air' is encapsulated within a film of black or transparent mylar, forming airborne sculptures that drift solely on air currents. By doing so, the air transitions from being an atmospheric element to a tangible entity in airspace. With no predictable flight path, this encapsulated air necessitates specialised communication, monitoring, and control to maintain its lawful presence within the airspace. This interplay between the fluid and solid states of air offers a potential way of fly in a airscape that transcends politically charged geographies.

After reporting to the air traffic control between countries, the floating structure (83AQI) was free from restriction of borders and air traffic control. It launched from Munich, Germany, on 10 September 2019 at 5:23, flew 247.9 miles and came back down to the Earth on the same day, in the evening near Sloupnice, the Czech Republic, at 19:45.