Posted on: Friday, August 27, 2021


At the Domaine des Etangs, the spider and the dragonfly work towards protecting life and join forces to tell a story of Life.

How can we attune to the webs of the Earth, by connecting with the myriad of presences, both animate and inanimate, aerial and terrestrial, that meet and cohabit within it? The exhibition Du sol au soleil by Tomás Saraceno is imagined as a wander across human and non-human universes, revealing their choreographies, and the limitless yet fragile bonds that unite these worlds. From a spider/web to a fossil free flying balloon, from flying gardens to the hidden score of celestial phenomena, the exhibition explores the connections between what lies below and above the Earth’s surface, and that ultimately take place in a shared cosmos.

Through a collection of more than twenty historical and exclusive pieces, dating from 2016 to the present day, the artist proposes to plunge into the heart of a research that renews our awareness of the world and the links that cross it. While some human activities continue to threaten entire ecologies, Du sol au soleil is an invitation to build sustained attunements with others and for us to poetically rethink alternative ways of inhabiting the world. This is notably achieved through the Aerocene project, an artistic interdisciplinary artistic endeavour initiated by Tomás Saraceno that seeks to devise new modes of sensitivity, achieving an ethical collaboration with the atmosphere and the environment.

Taking place in the Domaine des Etangs, the project draws its inspiration from its unique setting and its attention to the preservation of ecosystems and the diversity of their compositions. Le Domaine des Etangs sits in the 20km2 Rochechouart meteorite crater, and thus appears as a place uniting the elements and celebrating entanglements between the aquatic, the terrestrial and the celestial. A series of public events relating to the cultivation of interspecies attunement, the art of noticing, and to building more equitable modes of existence with the environment, will be held throughout the exhibition. The project will culminate in 2022 with the installation in the Domaine des Etangs of the site-specific, monumental and permanent work Du sol au soleil, an aerial structure, both cloud and spiderweb, which unveils perspectives otherwise inaccessible to humankind.

"This exhibition is an invitation to extend common imaginaries for an ethical re-alliance with the environment, the planet and the cosmic/web of life beyond Anthropocentrism. It is an invitation to discover and adopt divergent modes of being towards an atmosphere of ecological sensitivity, and float into a new era."

Tomás Saraceno