Tomás Saraceno



project realized RAVE 2016: EXPANSE NGC BY AT THE TEGENARIA DOMESTICA, 2016 series of works on paper


The RAVE 2016 edition was hosted by the Villa Manin museum in Passariano (Ud) and took place in July in the park and in the monumental architectural complex.

Tomás Saraceno conducted a site specific research with the places and the non- human inhabitants (arachnids) of Villa Manin, discovering nooks and spaces created and then no longer lived by man, where time flows with other rhythms and other ways. During the residency he discussed his research with Filipa Ramos, curator and editor in chief of art-agenda, Stefano Boeri, architect involved in new approaches to the ecosystems, and Alex Jordan, biologist at the Max Planck Institute, who studies the complex social and collective systems of animals. As Saraceno himself wrote: ‘the time of the residence in Villa Manin became less as an object, a parcel (a product). It shaped itself as a durational piece, a Bergsonian duration that was progressively drawn by a spider in the attic. Do animals build architectures to inhabit time rather than space?’ The project is still in progress.


During the residency architects and students of Politecnico di Milano (for the project Milano Animal Studies) and T.U. Braunschweig of Berlin (for the project Bio Berlin), artists and curators shared time and space with Ugola, the cow, and Toni Romeo, the donkey, the two animals rescued from the slaughterhouse through actions of Tiziana Pers.

Together with Saraceno, the residence has seen several events and collaborations: the talk BIODIVERSITY IN CITIES, a dialogue between Philosophy, art and architecture, with a lecture of the architect Stefano Boeri, the exhibition WAITING FOR RAVE. Anticipations of a Posthuman Time, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, and the  round table The Night of Dialogue, with Stefano Boeri, architect, Almut Grüntuch-Ernst, architect, Mylene Ferrand, curator, Giulia Ferracci and Donatella Saroli, curators at the MAXXI Museum, Tommaso Sacchi, minister for culture for the town council of Florence, Simone Frangi, curator at Viafarini, Filipa Ramos, art critic for Vdrome, Alex Jordan, scientist at the Max Planck Institute, Isabella and Tiziana Pers, artists, Daniele Capra, curator, Giuliana Carbi, Trieste Contemporanea, and others.



Artist Biography:


Tomás Saraceno (1973) is an Argentina-born, Berlin-based artist whose projects dialogue with forms of life and life-forming, rethinking dominant threads of knowledge in the Capitalocene era and recognizing how diverse modes of being engage a multiplicity of vibrations on the Web of Life.

His artistic practice actively seeks to conceive an alternate future for humanity, also through the creation of visionary structures which unite engineering, science and utopian lyricism.

For more than two decades, Saraceno has activated projects aimed towards rethinking the co-creation of the atmosphere, including Museo Aero Solar (2007–) and the Aerocene Foundation (2015–),  towards a society free from carbon emissions and the abuses of the Capitalocene.

He has also been the subject of exhibitions and permanent installations at museums and institutions internationally, including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; palazzo Strozzi, Florence; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ständehaus, Dusseldorf; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Louvre Museum, Paris; Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin . Saraceno has participated in numerous festivals and biennales, including the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale (2020) and the 53rd and 58th Venice Biennales (2009, 2019).