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Tomás Saraceno at the Palais de Tokyo

Updated: May 31, 2020

In the air, an exhibition that awakens our senses (beyond their limits) and asks for our consciousness in our Anthropocene era.

The Palais de Tokyo invites the Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno to occupy the space of the fourth edition of the "white cards" in autumn 2018 with the exhibition "On air". Tomás Saraceno has several roles, that of an alchemist: who turns garbage into work, that of a scientist, researcher, dreamer, and activist.

The exhibition shows a set of elements, produced with human and animal intervention, using new technologies; Nature manifests itself through the illumination of fabrics woven by chandeliers, stone, air currents that cross the planet, or even the salt of Uyini.

The ephemeral and subtle elements are present throughout the exhibition

like vibrations, waves, dust particles, shadow play, which reverse the Tokyo Palace to create a sensory experience.

Become eclectic with the presence of installations, as well as photographs, sculptures, videos, sounds, prints, immersive, participatory, and contemplative works.

Work in interaction with the public, taking into account their displacement and the movement of air that it generates that of the dreamer imagining parallel worlds where one could be transported by the energy of the wind.

Three outstanding works from the exhibition and personal favorites

Algo-r (h) i (y) thms, a work that spreads out in the space of an exhibition hall like a giant spider web, inhabited for a few minutes by visitors, who participate in the creation of a set of successive sounds that emerge from the tweaking of the strings. A musical improvisation results from these whims of notes emitted by the cables that resonate at a different frequency, some of them audible to humans.

Do pens, balloons, a stand, and carbon particles from Mumbai's pollution have anything in common? All these elements are an integral part of Saracen's "Airbrushes".

The artist hung from the balloons, pens with carbon particle pigments, which move randomly according to the movement of the air created by the movement of the visitors. In this way, traces are created on white support, thus revealing the invisible.

These works echo "Spider Maps" grayish webs placed on white support, creating marbled textures.

"Events of perception" is a work that allows us to listen to what is invisible to our eyes: domestic, terrestrial and cosmic particles. The cameras record their movements which are then transformed into musical notes emitted in the exhibition space. These particles are in the air and move through the visitor's breath and movement. The world is composed of subtle forces and currents revealed by this Argentine artist.

Palais de Tokyo – 13, avenue du Président Wilson – 75008 PARIS


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