"Aerocene", TOMÁS SARACENO Rencontre

Alerts are invitations given to artists and exhibition curators to occupy a space in Palais de Tokyo and react on the spot to topical issues.
After “Pussy Riot”, the first Alert in June 2012, before the international press got hold of the subject, “Freedom for Chinese Literature!” in January 2013, “None Shall Be Submitted to Torture” in February 2013, in relation to the conflict in Syria, or more recently “Culture and Conflict: IZOLYATSIA in Exile” in December 2014, in reaction to the fighting in Ukraine and its impact on culture, Palais de Tokyo is reactivating its Alert programme to chime with the COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.

PANEL 1 – 3pm – 4pm

Staring at the sky’s choreography:  rethinking borders

How can we build new perspectives for terrestrial activity, living structures, and posterrestrial tomorrow? Beyond the mundane everyday, studying the environnement allows to challenge current modes of imagination and reasoning and discuss the promise of aerial form of elemental experimentalism. The atmosphere constitutes not only an imaginary realm, but also a metaphorically infinite space of unlimited freedom that overtakes political borders regimes based on national states.

Confirmed speakers: Pablo Suarez, Oliver Morton, Bronislaw Szerszynski and Ewen Chardronnet


PANEL 2 – 4.15pm -5.15pm

From astronauts to pilots of a spaceship called earth: encouraging experimental researches for the development of civic science.

How can one develop a civic and responsible science in the context of the increasing porosity of the worlds of expertise? How can a cloud of relations and intensive forces come to cohere as a society?

Through renewed forms of community engagement and collaboration, the interpenetration of realms of knowledge open fluid collaboration across disciplines and allow the rise of an experimental spirit. Suspended between imaginative projection and today’s global realities, the merging of researches renews models of isolating autonomy and converges as the redefinition of political realities. The call for new forms of associative thinking involve inventive and collaborative devices and encourage civil society to get dynamically engaged in contemporary debates.

Confirmed speakers: Nicholas Shapiro, Leila W. Kinney, Derek McCormack and Sacha Engelmann, Jonathan Ledgard


PANEL 3 – 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Building tomorrow: considering energy circulation to rethink individual, social and architectural bodies.

What forms could a creative evolution take if the utilization of the sun’s energy were to extend beyond the limit of individual bodies? What strategy could we develop when appropriating the manner of the solar energy that passes through membranes, across the boundaries of the organism, across all walls and borders? Humans utilize less than ten percent of available solar energy for its operations. Making the most of available dynamics and natural circulations could optimize terrestrial, spatial and post terrestrial architecture. Building tomorrow implies to appropriate elemental circumstances that condition life and makes it possible or impossible to varying degrees and use the elemental force-fields already present in the world. 

Confirmed speakers: Marion Ackermann, Territorial Agency, Pierre Chabard (moderateur), Kiel Moe, transsolar (Matthias Schuler and Raphael Lafargue).

A group of students from Architecture-related Art Department at Braunschweig University of Technology, led by Tomás Saraceno, come to attend the symposium as a part of "Becoming Pilots" course, thought collectively by Tomás Saraceno, Sasha Engelmann and Jol Thomson.


Linked event:

Dec 5th and 6th: Workshop Museo Aero Solar, by Tomás Saraceno


Aerocene will also be exposed at the Grand Palais as part of Solutions COP21, from Dec 4th to10th, free entrance.