Tomás Saraceno: In Orbit at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf 2013 Photography by Sasha Engelmann.

Tomás Saraceno: In Orbit at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf 2013
Photography by Sasha Engelmann.

In March 2014 I began fieldwork at Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin.  As a participant in the studio my first project was to edit a publication on lighter-than-air experiments and 'aerosolar sculptures,' produced as part of Saraceno's contribution to the exhibition Pour un Monument à l'Anthropocène, curated by Bruno Latour and Bronislaw Szerszynski at Les Abattoirs, Toulouse.  I also participated in Saraceno's residency with CNES, wrote essays for book publications with Tomás Saraceno, Bronislaw Szerszynski and Derek McCormack, presented at symposia on Becoming Aerosolar and the Aerocene at the 21er Haus, Vienna and at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and participated in workshops and launches of aerosolar sculptures.  Together with artist Jol Thomson, I contributed an essay to Tomás Saraceno's Aerocene Newspaper, distributed at the Grand Palais in Paris on the occasion of the COP21 Climate Conference in 2015.

My dissertation considered Tomás Saraceno's work as it provokes questions on creative collaboration with the more-than-human world, with atmospheres and with the elemental.  In the dissertation I developed a theory of "cosmological aesthetics" that is reflected in Saraceno's work and that exemplifies how artists and scientists are together lured toward cosmic and cosmological entities.  I successfully defended my doctoral thesis with Professor Tim Ingold and Associate Professor Jamie Lorimer on February 1st 2017. 

Acclimatized Spider Laboratory at Studio Tomás Saraceno for the solo exhibition Cosmic Jive. Tomás Saraceno: The Spider Sessions, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova (2014). Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Acclimatized Spider Laboratory at Studio Tomás Saraceno for the solo exhibition Cosmic Jive. Tomás Saraceno: The Spider Sessions, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova (2014). Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Tomas Saraceno and Sasha Engelmann speaking at the world's first Climate Engineering Conference (CEC14) in Berlin on August 19, 2014. Photography by CEC14.

Tomas Saraceno and Sasha Engelmann speaking at the world's first Climate Engineering Conference (CEC14) in Berlin on August 19, 2014. Photography by CEC14.

Becoming Aerosolar Workshop and seminar in 2014.  At the Institut für Architekturebezogene Kunst, directed by Tomás Saraceno, TU Braunschweig. Photography by Philip Dreyer.

Becoming Aerosolar Workshop and seminar in 2014.  At the Institut für Architekturebezogene Kunst, directed by Tomás Saraceno, TU Braunschweig. Photography by Philip Dreyer.