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Tomás Saraceno

Prototype of Maratus volans (peacock spider), Web of Life (2020) | for a real Augmented Reality

This new experiment for a real Augmented Reality aims to bring our attention to spiderly lives, to cultivate “arts of noticing” the synanthropic spiders and webs with whom we share homes and the planet, but that we tend not to see, sense, or consider as kin. In an effort to collectively counter the planet’s sixth mass extinction, Studio Tomás Saraceno and Arachnophilia for Acute Art use the connective power of technology to augment analogue modes of interspecies interaction, inverting the technological premise. At the same time, these works are provocations to consider how finding spider/webs in your area might help to propose new kinds of cohabitation and, move us from arachnophobia to arachnophilia.

All future proceeds from Maratus volans (peacock spider) and other augmented reality spiders will go toward indigenous communities in northern Argentina protecting biodiversity in their region.

The full Web of Life series will be part of Back to Earth at Serpentine Galleries.

Courtesy of the artist, Arachnophilia and Acute Art.

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Users can view this work as part of the Unreal City exhibition in London from 8 December 2020 – 5 January 2021.

About Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno’s (b.1973) work envisions ethical relationships with the terrestrial, atmospheric, and cosmic realms, deepening our understanding of environmental justice and interspecies cohabitation, carried out through floating sculptures, immersive installations and the artist initiated projects Aerocene and Arachnophilia.

Arachnophilia is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary spider/web research community that builds on innovations arising from Saraceno’s collaborative research into spider/web architectures, materials, modes of vibrational signaling and behavior. Through this community, Arachnophilia explores concepts and ideas related to spiders and webs across multiple artistic, scientific and theoretical disciplines, including vibrational communication, biomateriomics, architecture and engineering, animal ethology, nonhuman philosophy, anthropology, biodiversity/conservation, sound studies and music.


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