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Join us for a round table discussion with Berlin-based Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno and UChicago professors Angela Olinto, Daniel Holz, and Heinrich Jaeger, moderated by Zachary Cahill, Curator for the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at UChicago.

Tomás Saraceno will spend several days at the University of Chicago's Department of Astrophysics & Astronomy, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, and the Center for Soft Matter, investigating their research and inquiry methods. Saraceno will be interacting with scientist from astrophysics, cosmology, and soft matter research to talk about the scalability of structure, whether macro or micro, and the translation of these structures when applied to architectural forms. As a result all participants hope to gain a greater understanding of experimenting with structural forms and physical properties embedded in the natural world. A round table discussion will present thoughts and insights into scientist-artist collaborations.


Tomás Saraceno’s oeuvre can be seen as an ongoing research, informed by the worlds of art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering; his floating sculptures, community projects and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. In 2015, Saraceno achieved the world record for the first and longest certified fully-solar manned flight. During the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and the Natural History Museum London. He is the first person to scan, reconstruct and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats, and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection to existence. Saraceno lectures in institutions worldwide, and his work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Saraceno lives and works in and beyond the planet Earth.

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Angela Olinto, the Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College; Chair Astronomy & Astrophysics

Daniel Holz, Associate Professor, Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics; Enrico Fermi Institute

Heinrich Jaeger, William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Professor of Physics, James Franck Institute; Fellow, Institute for Molecular Engineering

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