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Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno has a major new exhibition of his work at Tasmania’s Mona titled the Oceans of Air. The exhibit will occupy all three of the institution’s touring galleries until next summer.
The exhibition includes drawings that were made from Pollution in Mumbai, the sonification of meteoroids, 3D models that map spider webs to cosmic webs, and a wall of pressed poppies affected by contaminated soil. In another room of the exhibit, beneath a spider web in a glass box, fortunes are told by five Tasmanian tarot readers who were trained with Saraceno’s Arachnomancy cards that use spiders and webs to celebrate the “radical interconnectedness of all things,” the Guardian reported.
One of his most famous installations is titled Particular Matter(s) and is simply dust motes glimmering in the air. The dust is illuminated by a high beam of light in a dark room, and museumgoers can watch the particles spin and sparkle.
Saraceno believes that we have pushed our planet past the Anthropocene and into the Capitalocene, the Guardian reported. The Capitalocene is a time in which humans are “caught in the undertow of extractivist ethics and the rhythms of capitalism [and] have toxified the air, rendering it unbreathable for many and forcing new regimes of inequality upon us all”.
“Once upon a time artists used to make beautiful things,” Mona’s owner and founder, David Walsh, says of Saraceno. “Now, mostly, they want to change the world. Of the artists I know, Tomás Saraceno is the most likely to change the world. And he makes beautiful things.”
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