Saturday 22 February 2020 at 15.30, on the occasion of the first day of the exhibition Tomás Saraceno. Aria, Palazzo Strozzi hosts a special event at the Cinema Odeon in Florence featuring the screening of the film Fly with Aerocene Pacha and a roundtable discussion at the presence of the artist Tomás Saraceno, with admission free while places last.
Fly with Aerocene Pacha (2020, 28 min.) documents the eponymous project by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene community that took place on 28 January 2020 in Salinas Grandes, Jujuy (Argentina), part of the global public art project CONNECT, BTS, curated by Daehyung Lee. For the first time in history a human being, Leticia Marquès, floated into the sky powered only by the sun and the air with an altitude of 176m, a distance of 2.56km and a duration of 37 minutes, without fossil fuels, solar panels, batteries or helium. A synthesis of art, science and environmental activism, this project set six world records in the general and women’s categories for the height, distance and duration of a free flight accomplished using only the heat of the sun and the air that we breathe.
The screening will be followed by a public conversation with Tomás Saraceno debating the themes addressed in the exhibition and his research, which merges art, natural and social sciences. The artist will be in conversation with Arturo Galansino (Director General, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi), Melisa Argento (political scientist and researcher), Stavros Katsanevas (Director, European Gravitational Observatory), Stefano Mancuso (Director, LINV, International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology) and Lisa Signorile (biologist and scientific journalist). The panel will be chaired and moderated by journalist and researcher Marco Filoni.
The event is the first in a rich programme of activities and events open to the public and linked to the exhibition Tomás Saraceno. Aria, due to be held in Palazzo Strozzi and other venues in the city while the exhibition is running.
Admission free while places last.
Fly with Aerocene Pacha. A project by Tomás Saraceno for Aerocene
21-28 January 2020, Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina
Human Solar Free Flight as part of Connect, BTS, curated by DaeHyung Lee
Courtesy the artist and Aerocene Foundation
Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2020
Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 by Aerocene Foundation