Since 2015, I have been an active member of the Aerocene Community: a multidisciplinary artistic project envisioning a post-Anthropocenic epoch in which collective investments in atmosphere and environment are more widely performed. Through the making, launch and flight of solar-powered, balloon-like ‘sculptures’, Aerocene puts tools of atmospheric sensing, imaging and research into the hands of citizens and publics. More information on Aerocene can be found at www.aerocene.org. This page brings together a few of the discursive events and publications that have arisen out of my collaboration with Aerocene.
Aerocene Symposium, Palais de Tokyo:
In Autumn 2018 I curated and moderated events and workshops in the public program at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as part of Tomás Saraceno’s “Carte Blanche” exhibition “On Air”, curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel. The Aerocene Symposium on October 26th was an effort in bringing challenging questions animating the Aerocene community to the Palais de Tokyo through dialogues, gestures, and movements throughout the exhibition. More information here and here.
Together with Derek McCormack, I published an article titled “Elemental Aesthetics: on Artistic Experiments in Solar Energy” in Annals of the Association of American Geographers. The article draws upon participatory research with Aerocene to reimagine capacities to sense and engage with the elemental. Abstract below, and full version here.
Aerocene at Exhibition Road, London:
In November 2016 the first Aerocene Campus took place at the Royal College of Art in London. The three-day event, part symposium and part-hackathon, was the result of collaboration between the Aerocene team; the Exhibition Road Cultural Commission; with support from the Goethe Institute in London. I co-edited the Aerocene Exhibition Road Reader (Vol. 1) - a publication related to these events and activities. In the reader are versions of the talks given at the Aerocene Symposium by: Harriet Hawkins; Carlo Rizzo; Bronislaw Szerszynski; Holger Thus; Anne Jungblut; Tom Hill; Peter Adey; Derek McCormack; Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos; Sir Brian Hoskins; Samuel Hertz and Ronald Jones. Find a full PDF version here.
The first Aerocene Newspaper was released at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015, and includes short articles by Derek McCormack, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Kiel Moe, Nick Shapiro, Sanford Kwinter, Oliver Morton, Lodovica Ilari, Bill McKenna and Glenn Flierl, Jol Thomson and myself. Please find a freely downloadable copy at: www. aerocene.com/newspaper
Or find a PDF of the newspaper here.