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Thursday, July 12 • 15:45 - 16:45
POSSIBLE: Which are the emergent scenarios that we have as civilisation? - FROM THE URBAN TO THE PLANETARY COMMONS

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Attuning to methods of atmospherical sensing: from the urban to the planetary commons

The air and the sun are sources of renewable energy used by Aerocene sculptures to perform their flights. These practices communicate a different way to conceive human action and human relation not only to the environment and its energies, but also to social and political structures. In its name, Aerocene also evokes the possibility of an epochal shift in humanity’s relation with its home planet, and indeed how moving things are populated in the atmosphere and on the Earth.

In the Whole Earth Catalogue (1968), the book that launched the DIY movement, instructions on crafting and making sit alongside essays on energy systems, geology and the ‘cosmic view’. In the future Fab City, experiments with the means of production may be complemented with modes of transportation that collaborate with atmospheric flows and solar flux. From DIY to thermodynamics, the Aerocene project proposes modes of aerial moving and sensing that are fuel free, community-driven, and ethical. In this presentation, members of the Aerocene community will invite the minds and talents of Fab City community to collaborate on future infrastructures of Aerocene transport, from one  Fab City to another. Floating down to Earth’s surface, the team will share Aerocene’s role in urgent monitoring of toxicity with ETER sensors at Villa Inflamable, Argentina. On these scales and others in between, Aerocene comes to Fab City with the generous spirit and challenge of greater ecological sensitivity, from the urban to the planetary commons.

Moderator: Jose Luis DE VICENTE

Aerocene Foundation and community members in conversation : 
  • Julieta Arancio, 
  • Sasha Engelmann, 
  • Joaquin Ezcurra,
  • Tomás Saraceno,
  • Erik Vogler

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Aerocene community

Aerocene Foundation
Aerocene emerged with Museo Aero Solar in 2007, a collectively produced aerosolar sculpture made with reused plastic bags. The Aerocene Explorer was collaboratively invented in 2015, to enable anybody to sense the air in a new way. Together with the Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary... Read More →
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Programme Curator, (ES) FutureEverything
José is interested in digital culture, innovation and new media art. He is currently the curator of Sónar+D, the Creative Technologies and New Media area of Barcelona’s acclaimed Sónar Festival, as well as a curator at FutureEverything Festival, Manchester. He is Senior Faculty... Read More →

Thursday July 12, 2018 15:45 - 16:45 CEST
Parc de la Villette - LA GRAND HALLE