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International exhibitions Tomás Saraceno, On Space Time Foam, HangarBicocca, Milan

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Tomás Saraceno, On Space Time Foam
HangarBicocca, Milan (Italy)

26.10.2012 - 03.02.2013


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Curated by Andrea Lissoni


From 26 October, 2012 to 3 February, 2013 HangarBicocca is presenting On Space Time Foam, a major exhibition project by Tomás Saraceno. Conceived for the “Cubo” of HangarBicocca, On Space Time Foam is a monumental installation, a multi-layer transparent surface accessible to visitors, suspended at a height of 20 metres and covering 1,200 square metres on three levels. This art work that combines artistic and scientific research was made possible through the interaction of skills and experiences in a broad array of fields of knowledge, and thanks to Pirelli’s support.


Saraceno engages with the concept of boundaries, challenging it and conceiving a pioneering installation activated by the visitors’ participation. On Space Time Foam transforms architecture into a living organism, one that breathes thanks to the movements of those who cross it, visualizing the infinite relationships that tie us to space. As the artist explains: “The films constituting the living core of HangarBicocca are constantly altered by climate and the simple movement of people. Each step, each breath, modifies the entire space: it is a metaphor for how our interrelations affect the Earth and other universes.”





Exhibition October 26, 2012 - February 3, 2013. HangarBicocca, Via Chiese 2 - 20126 Milan (Italy). Tel.: +39 02 6611 1573. Hours : Thursday-Sunday 11am-11pm. Free admission.

On Space Time Foam represents an important moment of the study and experimentation process of Saraceno’s work, ever poised between the quest for the impossible and the scientific rigour. This project will be further developed during his residency at the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)—part of Boston’s prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology—where Saraceno has been invited as the Inaugural Visiting Artist. The installation created for HangarBicocca, will become a floating biosphere to be positioned over the Maldives, made habitable thanks to solar panels and a system to desalinate seawater.


Tomás Saraceno, On Space Time Foam, 2012. Installation view, HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo: Alessandro Coco. Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan.

Tomás Saraceno, On Space Time Foam, 2012. Installation view, HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo: Alessandro Coco. Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan.