Exhibition

Tomás Saraceno

Stillness in Motion

December 17, 2016–May 21, 2017

Floor 6

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Tomás Saraceno’s immersive installation works are visually arresting spaces that challenge viewers’ relationship to the built world. Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities offers a model for the utopian cities of the future, conjuring an era in which humanity ceases to negatively impact our planet’s fossil-fuel resources, and instead becomes airborne in collective sustainable environments. In this exhibition, visitors wind their way through and below an array of cloud-like, geometrically complex cities, suspended in the air by tethers connecting the structures to the gallery walls, floor, and ceiling.

Trained as an architect and visual artist, Saraceno’s research-based practice draws from scientific investigations into physics, biology, cosmology, and engineering. His work has deep sociological motives, with undercurrents of human interconnectivity and universal engagement in the pursuit and provocation of a utopian future. In Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, his visionary proposals for airborne cities build upon the artistic and architectural experimentation, forward-thinking radicalism, and progressive social change of the 1960s and 70s.


Exhibition Preview

Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, 2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, 2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: © Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, 2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: © Studio Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities, 2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: © Studio Tomás Saraceno


Tomás Saraceno: Building “future flying cities” with spiders

Argentinian artist and architect Tomás Saraceno discusses his installation at SFMOMA, Stillness in Motion—Cloud Cities (2016). He describes how the piece illustrates his vision of “future flying cities” built in collaboration with spiders and other nonhumans, inviting visitors to imagine radical, alternative ways of living on Earth.

Cloud Cities and Tomás Saraceno’s Visionary Architecture
Tomás Saraceno’s immersive installations are visually arresting spaces that challenge viewers’ relationship to the built world, offering models for the utopian cities of the future. Learn more about Saraceno’s work and his fascinating collaborators.

Major support for Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion — Cloud Cities is provided by Roberta and Steve Denning. Generous support is provided by Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Diana Nelson and John Atwater, Denise Littlefield Sobel, and Pat Wilson. Additional support is provided by The Sanger Family.

Header image: Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion—Cloud Cities, 2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: Katherine Du Tiel

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