Argentinean installation artist Tomás Saraceno gives museum goers the chance to walk on air with his new work at Hangaar Bicocca, MIlan.
The internationally renowned artist is famed for his architectural shaping of space in his working of sculptural pieces that transmute our perceptions of dimensional functionality. Saraceno treads the boundaries between science-fiction and the cutting edge of real science with liberal references to metaphysics in his art.
Art imitates life, imitates science, imitates life could be an alternative title for this installation, instead it is called 'On Space Time Foam' and the finished product is an interactive piece that not so much absorbs the viewer as swallows him whole. Indeed so crammed full of vibrant energy and lofty ideas that it is impossible to untangle the myriad strands of creative narrative and exploration, the solution is simply to experience for yourself an entirely new way of being, of travelling and of engaging with the art piece.
Huge membranes of plastic sheeting encase vast volumes of air and are robust enough to allow Milanese museum goers to walk and climb them, in upper layers while being aware of other people on lower layers and vice-versa. Among the chief themes in this piece is that of action/responsibility and the participation in community as your actions within the piece potentially have consequence to those in other levels.