K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus

Tomás Saraceno

in orbit

25 Mar 2017

Studio Tomás Saraceno © 2017
in orbit
The Installation
from 25 March 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Suspended at a height of more than 25 m above the piazza of K21 is the enormous installation in orbit, a work by the artist Tomás Saraceno. The installation appears as a surreal landscape, and is reminiscent of a sea of clouds or floating planetary bodies. The physically accessible work is constructed of virtually transparent steel mesh that interlaces three levels spanning the massive glass dome. Five air-filled "spheres" are positioned within the net structure that encompasses an area of 2500 m2.

Visitors are invited to enter the installation, and explore it by climbing. The brave ones who venture into the structure look upon museum visitors down below, wandering in the piazza, as miniature figures that occupy a miniature-like world. From the ground floor and the mezzanines of the Ständehaus, the installation’s visitors on the net look like floating in the sky.

Once several people enter the structure simultaneously, it is set to motion, altering the tension of the steel cables and distances between the three levels of the interlaced net. The floating space now becomes a vibrating web of relationships, resonances, and synchronous communication.

© Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2013
"What is this? Where they are? How could it be? Is this real? Displacement, fear... are they real? ... if you dare to, you really became scared... afraid... you might hate it, you will feel uncomfortable of something you like to know... your limits. You will fall to an unknown landscape, not perceivable but so much necessary today... a mixture of feelings invades you... then the slight reverberation wakes you up, from this oneiric dream, half dystopia half utopia .. you float in this landscape... transcendent and expanded towards a more-than-human sensorial inclusion... the spiders never stop... and you become small... riding on this cosmic web... I am interested only in your shared feelings with others... and you still reverberate... this is the artwork you get after you ›transited‹ through it..."

Tomás Saraceno


Tags: Tomás Saraceno, Museo Aero Solar