Recently, Swiss fine watch brand Audemars Piguet announced more details of the art cooperation project unveiled at the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition. This project was developed by Berlin-based artist Thomas Salache Tomás Saraceno collaborated with the Aerocene Foundation. Albedo is a sustainable live installation art work, which will be displayed on the beaches of the waterfront area opposite Collins Park from December 5th to 9th, 2018. The activities include solar flight show, art interview and solar cooking.
Aerocene Albedo sketch, 2018. Picture from Aerocene Foundation
Aerocene’s iconic floating solar installation
TOMÁSSARACENO builds for Aerocene
The Albedo Art Project is in the form of a large temporary exhibition hall, developed by Tomás Saraceno and collaborators of Aerocene, and consists of 40 reflective umbrellas that open in reverse. The parabolic structure of these umbrellas of various sizes forms a huge hemispherical sundial on Miami Beach. Seen from above, Albedo’s highly experimental structure forms a striking geometric constellation pattern, interpreting the umbrella used to shade and protect the rain as a collective performance art that protects the earth’s thermal balance. This experimental structure is the artist’s continuation of the Aerocene Foundation’s works of art, and the iconic Aerocene Discovery is lifted into the air by solar energy and suspended in the air. These floating devices represent a new type of aerial infrastructure that challenges and redefines the right to fly in the air.
Albedo Art Project
The name ‘Albedo’ comes from Latin, meaning white. It represents the result of comparing the solar radiation reflected on its surface with the radiation it receives. The name chosen for this installation is also to demonstrate Aerocene’s floating solar concept: no fossil fuel is needed, and only solar power and infrared radiation are used for power. The reflection of the Albedo umbrella reminds visitors of the relationship between solar energy and the atmosphere. In doing so, the Aerocene Discovery aims to call on people to protect the atmosphere on which they depend.
Tomás Saraceno and Aerocene Foundation’s research on floating solar energy coincides with Audemars Piguet’s values and mission. Since 1992, the Audemars Piguet Foundation has been advocating forest conservation worldwide, including protecting the environment and raising awareness among younger generations. ‘We share a common interest in protecting the planet for the next generation, which has prompted us to have a meaningful partnership in Miami Beach,’ said Tomás Saraceno.
Artist Tomás Saraceno
One week at Basel Art Miami Beach, visitors were invited to walk into this immersive work of art and participate in a number of performance art experiments with the help of sunlight, such as solar cooking, a pioneering initiative of the Aerocene project. The Aerocene team will use parabolic shaped solar appliances to work with renowned culinary expert Wynwood Yard to create a unique culinary experience within the art installation. Every day from 11 am to 1 pm, WynwoodYard’s team will use parabolic solar stoves and solar energy to provide visitors with a special dish made of local organic and ecological ingredients. The mix of ingredients will be changed daily, incorporating local culinary features from Miami, making a variety of dishes such as tacos. As Tomás Saraceno put it: ‘We want to explore the possibilities of solar cooking for a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Rapid urbanization in countries around the world is accompanied by urban poverty and urban food security. Compared to traditional agriculture, people can produce more food through the urban vertical farm model, so that everyone can get a healthy diet. ‘
Solarcooking for the Aerocene project
Every day from 12 noon to 4 pm, visitors can rent the Aerocene Discovery backpack, fly this floating installation work on the beaches of Miami, participate in this art activity in person, and jointly achieve the broader Aerocene project vision. The Aerocene Discovery Backpack is a shared tool for solar atmospheric exploration: a specially designed beginner flying device that provides a new way for people to understand the local environment and the air shared by everyone. Like all Aerocene installations, Discovery uses the sun’s thermal energy to rise into the sky without the need for fossil fuels, helium or other gases. Through a variety of activities around Aerocene, visitors will be invited to learn how to use the solar energy on the earth, can carry out multi-directional communication, trigger common reflection, and pursue a world that is not dependent on fossil fuels.
Tomás Saraceno and his collaborators will also organize a public interview during the Art Basel Miami Beach show. Invited guests include Rirkrit Tiravanija (artist), Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel (curator of the Tokyo Palace in Paris), and Miranda Massie (New York) Climate Museum), EvaDiaz (Pritt Academy of Fine Arts, New York), Denis Maksimov (Avenir Institute Berlin), Elvia Wilk ( New York College) and Olivier Audemars (Vice Chairman of Audemars Piguet’s Board). These two interdisciplinary interviews will explore topics such as the experience of living in the post-fossil fuel age, how to rethink human relations with the world, and how to answer the questions facing the planet.
In addition, Albedo has a close relationship with other environmental art projects presented by Audemars Piguet at the Art Basel Miami Beach show, and are committed to raising people’s awareness of ecological and environmental protection. Slow-Moving Luminaries by LarsJan, and Strandbeests by TheoJansen in 2014 in collaboration with Audemars Piguet and the PeabodyEssexMuseum ). Similar to Albedo, these installation works raise fundamental questions about the social and ecological future of human life through interactive, experiential, and participatory experiences, while exhibiting a high degree of technical complexity and precision. The vibrant waterfront area of Miami Beach is thus an ideal place to showcase Albedo, attracting visitors from all over the world to understand these very historic and universal issues, and to move into a new era of post-extractivism, namely Aerocene.
In Collins Park opposite the waterfront, Quayola, an Italian visual artist based in London, will exhibit his latest public video work, Promenade, which explores the logic and aesthetics of automatic computer vision systems. Different from the human experience, Promenade shows an in-depth observation and interpretation of nature from a completely detached perspective. This video production commissioned by Audemars Piguet will be shown publicly at Collins Park from December 6th to 8th (12: 00-20: 00) and December 9th (12: 00-17: 00).
Quayola’s video work ‘Promenade’ and photography series ‘Remains: Vallée de Joux’
Quayola’s video work will also be screened at the Basel Art Exhibition Collectors Lounge in the Miami Beach Convention Center, paired with his photography series ‘Remains: Vallée de Joux’, which has previously been in Art Basel Hong Kong and Basel. Quayola’s artistic style combines the natural roots of Audemars Piguet with his visual art. His innovative aesthetics transcended the human senses, and combined with the traditional landscape painting tradition, he imitated precise and superb watchmaking craftsmanship. For many years, Audemars Piguet has sponsored artists to visit its headquarters in Rugu, and explore the origin of Audemars Piguet through the artist’s unique creative ideas. Quayola used drones to scan the Ru Valley and the Swiss Jurassic Range with high precision, and then used the tens of billions of tiny dots obtained to create a series of high-resolution printed works. He used these high-tech methods to interpret the natural environment and creatively interpret the traditional ‘landscape’ where Audemars Piguet originated.
Sebastian Errazuriz Artworks Foundations
The Audemars Piguet Collector’s Living Room also presents the final work designed by Chilean New York artist Sebastian Errazuriz for the Audemars Piguet Trilogy. Sebastian Errazuriz’s works Foundations are inspired by iron ore. This natural resource is an important raw material for smelting steel, and it is also the main material for watchmakers. The work has previously appeared at Art Basel Hong Kong and Basel. This design continues the previous concept of a collector’s living room, inspired by two other important natural materials in Ru Valley: Ice (IceCycle, 2016) and Wood (SecondNature, 2017).