Tomás Saraceno. Moving Atmospheres


From 11 September 2020 to 14 March 2021




Garage Atrium

We live in a remarkable geological moment in history, the anthropogenic era, when spontaneously over the course of millions of years, and increasingly in recent centuries, humans are becoming, intermittently yet inevitably, a geological force that changes the face of our planet.

Vladimir Vernadsky

The tenth Garage Atrium Commission is an installation by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, who is known for his works at the intersection of art, technology, and environmental advocacy.

A product of Saraceno’s long-standing occupation with lighter than air movement and utopian modes of co-existing, the installation for Garage is the largest presentation of his practice in Russia to date.

Moving Atmospheres, a partially mirrored sphere suspended in the air, propels us toward an Aerocene epoch. Saraceno’s call to this new era is championed by the multi-disciplinary community group Aerocene. For more than a decade he has been imagining a world free from the carbon, extractivism, capitalism, and patriarchy that fuels some forms of life, a new way of being with the atmosphere and emissions-free travel, free from solar panels, lithium, helium, hydrogen, and fossil fuels. This new era stands in stark contrast to the lingering eco-traumas of the Anthropocene, the current geological age in which some human capitalistic activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

With this unique artwork, conceived for Garage, Saraceno takes us a step closer toward this new era, working for the first time with a material that posits the sculpture as a working prototype for a balloon that is able to float around the world, fueled only by the air we breathe and the heat of the sun. The use of ETFE, an extremely durable translucent polymer, means the artwork performs a crucial next step in the development of aerosolar flights, a unique venture that distinguishes Saraceno’s practice. 

Tomás Saraceno. Moving Atmospheres

Public program
The public program will demonstrate how Tomás Saraceno's practice is connected to philosophy and the utopian ideas about the future of humanity in the air environment.

Aerocene Laboratory

As part of the public program accompanying Tomás Saraceno’s installation Moving Atmospheres, Garage will launch Aerocene Laboratory—an interdisciplinary project aimed at the exploration of the notion of Aerocene and the apprehension of the technical and social aspects of a future in the aerosphere.

5 October 2020 – 15 March 2021

Discussion for teenagers: “Visions of the Future: What Epochs Await Our Planet?”

Anthropocene is the era of humanity. Novaсene is the era of artificial intelligence. Aerocene is the era of air. Which of these eras are we living in? Which comes next? Artist Tomás Saraceno believes that our epoch will be replaced by the Aerocene—the era of air, where social and environmental ties will be determined by the laws of thermodynamics. Using solar energy, humankind will rise into the air without fossil fuels. Once unbound from the surface of the Earth with its physical and barriers and state borders, humanity will be able to move freely through the air ocean.


The session will introduce participants to various concepts and visions of the future. Together with the tutors, they will discuss changes that may happen in social, environmental, and cultural ties in the coming geological epochs, both prospective and real.

Saturday, October 3

Graphics workshop: “I Want to Fly!”

Participants will meet Garage Triennial's unannounced artist and find out why he was not included in the general list. During a casual tea party, the artist will explain how to make art without producing anything. Listeners will then have the opportunity to ask questions and take a fresh look at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sunday, October 4

Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep dive into the current programs at Garage.