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tomas saraceno

-Image used for invitation Artist Airshow in the Uk more: http://www.artscatalyst.org/projects/space/airshow.html
-Early in 1962 the staff of the Commander in Chief, Pacific, believing that the buildup in Vietnam required centralized control and management of long-distance communications into, out of, and within the Republic of Vietnam, recommended to the joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington that the responsibility for the operation of the Army's worldwide communications “gateway” station.
source: http://www.history.army.mil/books/Vietnam

Paul Gierow's GATR-com (which stands for “ground antenna transmit and receive) inflatable satellite ball has got to be the most sci-fi invention of the bunch. Designed to provide communications in otherwise inhospitable environments, the six or eight-foot sphere contains a plastic satellite dish that unfolds when the ball is inflated and can be targeted to within one-tenth of a degree. When collapsed, the GATR-com weighs just 70 pounds and fits into two backpacks. The $50,000 ball has already been tested in disaster areas, helping a Red Cross station secure medicine during Hurricane Katrina, and Gierow says he's been inundated with potential clients. We can see why – not only does this thing dial up a T1 speed connection, it's perfect for exercising your Wookiees. Peep a vid of the ball setting up after the jump.
source: http://www.engadget.com

Prospective Concepts, a Swiss company developed the Flying Stingray an ultralight lifting body in the shape of a stingray but still using propellers as propulsion.
source: via www.myairship.com/ official site: http://www.prospective-concepts.ch

NASA's Dryden Flight Research center Photo Collection. photo ED01-0209-3, date 14 july 2001. photo by Nick Galante/PMRP The Helios Prototype wing is shown over the Pacific Ocean during its first testflight on solar-power.
source: www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo

“The Little Japan” vehicle was developed so that its creator Kazuya Kanemaru and any volunteer could travel to towns and villages on it.
They were searching for a place to launch the attached balloon that was shaped like Little Boy, the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945.
source: via www.we-make-money-not-art.com

1.Compagnie generale Transaerienne 9 (Paris) - ASTRA airship Ville-de -Lucerne (Transaerienne II). The airship served a commercial sightseeing tours. Its enveloppe is 4500m3 and 60 m long to alow operating at the high Swiss elevations.
2. The first version of the ASTRA- dirigeable Ville de Paris - 1906 in its Aerostation - courtesy Jean-Pierre Lauwers
3. The war dirigable Ville-de-Bordeuax. First shown to the public (as future military airship) during the 1908 Exposition de l'Aviation at the Grand Palais in Paris. - courtesy Jean Pierre Lauwers
source: http://www.earlyaviator.com/

Silver Inflatable,Photographer:Phillipe Glade, Burningman 2001
source: http://topweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html

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Winter Olympics 1992: costumes worn by females leading each team of athletes during the opening and closing ceremonies
source: http://home.flash.net/~numatic/17/17.htm


Marit Folstad Blow Up #1, 1999 Video; TRT: 13 min. 29 sec. From the exhibition Thin Skin: The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres, and Inflatable Structures AXA Gallery, January 30-April 13, 2002
source: www.axa-art.com/gallery/index.html

Frame is a collaboration between Nunu Kong’s dance company brand nu Dance, Shanghai and Dutch performance artist Boukje Schweigman’s theater company Schweigman&. Schweigman is directing the show. - See more at: http://encn.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/857554/brand-nu-dance-performs-brand-new-show-frame#sthash.GMF8GUJR.dpuf source: http://encn.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/857554/brand-nu-dance-performs-brand-new-show-frame

Are appliances that change sensory impressions for a limited time in a visual and acoustic way. The processes of seeing and hearing are drawn out of their habitual apathy, separated into their individual functions and put together again as special experiences.
source: http://www.the-artists.org/Images/haus-rucker-co

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Bini Shell System, In 1964 Dante N Bini built the first hemispherical thin shell structure by pneumatically and automatically lifting all the necessary construction materials, which were distributed horizontally over a pneumatic form anchored to a circular ring beam, from ground level into an hemispherical dome. After the initial ground preparation was finished, that concrete thin shell structure was built in 60 minutes. http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_1120.php

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Mariko Mori: Wave UFO 2003
The video projection that takes place inside consists of two parts, which flow seamlessly together. Each viewer is outfitted with a set of electrodes, which gather brainwave data. This information is instantly transformed into visual imagery, in real-time correspondence with the actual activity of the brain, and projected onto the screen. Colorful abstract forms slowly expand and evolve into shapes like single cells and molecular structures, creating a dream world that is at once primordial and ethereal. With this sequence, Mori brings the viewer from the live biofeedback stage into what she describes as a deeper consciousness in which the self and the universe become interconnected. Wave UFO 2003 :Source: http://www.publicartfund.org volvoxa.jpg?195

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Magnafinna: The bigfin squids are a group of rarely seen cephalopods with a very distinctive morphology. They are placed in the genus Magnapinna and family Magnapinnidae. The family is known only from larval, paralarval, and juvenile specimens, but some authorities believe the adult creature has been seen: Several videos have been taken of animals nicknamed the “long-arm squid”, which appear to have a similar morphology. Since none of the adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled, it remains uncertain if they are the same genus, or only distant relatives.

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tomás saraceno‘s large-scale installation ‘in orbit’ is suspended at a height of 20 meters, high above the piazza of the K21 ständhaus (kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen) in düsseldorf. opening, june 21st, 2013 the work sees the argentinian artist cover an area of 2500 m2 (across three floors), with a safety net construction composed of floating ‘levels’ separated by a series of large spheres; air-filled PVC balls reaching up to 8.5 meters in diameter each. positioned just below the glass cupola of the cultural institution, the expansive interactive space offers those museum visitors brave enough to climb up onto the sprawling web, the opportunity to perceive the world from new heights and vantage points, in which gallery patrons below are merely depicted as miniature figures moving in our world. those who do not wish to extend themselves into this state of suspension and remain grounded can still experience the themes of falling, floating and flight which saraceno wishes to express; they instead observe bodies in orbit, tumbling in the latticework, appearing as if they are swimming in the sky.http://www.designboom.com/art/tomas-saraceno-puts-you-in-orbit/

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-'Bubbleman' at the Pacific Beach, Ca
Copyright @2001 Jim Volkert
source: www.kbcamera.com/volkertphotos.htm

Models in a rainbow bubble


Yoshiki Hishinuma’s work began by exploring traditional japanese clothing and origami. Here Hishinuma's clothes non-clothes grasp the divine essence of wind.
source: Clothes by Yoshiki Hishinuma (©1986 by Yobisha ISBN 4946419357, 9784946419355).

The dam, which would be located over a gorge at Lake Lagoda in north-west Russia, includes a cup-shaped spinnaker sail, believed to be the first of its kind, which will generate renewable energy by funnelling the wind through an attached turbine. The spinnaker shape is similar to the mainsail of a yacht, and is thought to be particularly effective in capturing wind. Project architect Laurie Chetwood, said that the shape of the sail was influenced by functionality and a desire to produce something “sculptural”. He added: “The sail looks like a bird dipping its beak into the water, which will be much less of a blot on this beautiful and unblemished landscape. “But it is also highly effective at capturing the wind because it replicates the work of a dam and doesn’t let the wind escape in the way it does using traditional propellers.” If granted planning, the dam will be 25m high and boast a 75m span when it goes on site next year. The practice is also looking at applying for planning permission for a similar scheme at another gorge, further up the valley.
source: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=3098374

The concert hall Ark Nova created by Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor is an air-inflated membrane structure which equipped with the necessary stage and sound equipment. The membrane can be folded up and the equipment dismantled and loaded on a truck, so they can be brought to each site. The interior is a single uninterrupted space which, depending on the arrangement of equipment, is a multistage format which can accommodate various events from orchestras to chamber music, jazz, the performing arts or exhibitions. It is envisioned to seat 500 during an orchestra performance, and is planned to have a width of 30m, length of 36m and maximum height of 18m. realisation 26 nov. 2013.http://www.dezeen.com/2013/09/26/ark-nova-by-arata-isozaki-and-anish-kapoor-completes/

Alexis Rochas: The AEROMADS project outlines an architectural system that combines air pressure and high-strength intelligent fabrics as a tectonic solution for the creation of minimal mass, self-sustaining structures. Unplugged and detached from source networks, AEROMADS is a discreet architectural unit that utilizes air pressure as a tectonic resource and building material, and sets out to explore the nomadic applications of groundless architectonics. The exterior is sheathed in nylon rib-coated with aluminized Mylar to reflect light and provide thermal insulation. For energy needs, the Aeromads has embedded photovoltaic, flexible batteries and solar water heating.
source: http://www.sciarc.edu/aeromads/

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Copyright © 2001-2005 ITEK-USA, Inc. itek-usa.com/projects/
The Education Centre/Packed Lunch Area is intended to accommodate large groups of school children who would be encouraged to learn about topics related to the themes of the Science Centre. It also serves an as area where they can eat and drink.The structures built for Magna are twin-walled, that is, the walls are made up of two layers of fabric with an air gap in between. It is the air between the two layers that is pressurised to provide rigidity for the structure. This means that conventional doors can be used to enter and exit the buildings as the air inside the building no longer requires pressurisation. In addition, the volume of air inside the walls is very small compared with the size of the building and so very little power is required to keep that air pressurised.

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Cloud: Monica Forster, inflatable room designed c.1995, Swedish, nylon, electric inflation

Wayne Wilson, http://blog.modernmechanix.com

Mind Expander: Haus-Rucker-Co, Vienna 1967
The seat shell fixes two persons in a certain position. The lower seat allows one person to sit with their legs slightly open. The thigh of their right leg rests against a step forming the transition to a second seat area that is higher by the thickness of a thigh. A helmet-like balloon that is connected with the seat can be tilted over the heads of the two people seated. Their heads thus are enclosed a narrow cylindrical space that is covered by a glass-clear plastic dome above which a transparent balloon hovers. A series of lines and stamped-out shapes made of reflective foil are placed on both the dome and the surface of the balloon in such a way that, depending on whether you concentrate on the level closer or further away from you, the elements constantly overlay each other to form new patterns. The machines in Mind expanding program blended futuristic forms, colors, and sounds in an attempt to induce a trance-like state.
source: http://www.the-artists.org/Images/haus-rucker-co

I (Tjebbe van Tijen) just (2/2/2009) discovered this page and let me add some information to get a better understanding: The event took place at the Experimental Film Festival of Knokke Le Zoute (Belgium) so was in all its literal flexibility and spatial dynamics a comment on the fixity of regular cinema experiments that tend to remain within the frame of the standard projection equipment. So it confronted the audience mostly made up of cinema people with their imprisonment within the cinema screen. There was life electronic music done by the group Musica Elettronica Viva at that time based in Rome with among others Fredric Rezewsky and Richard Teitelbaum. The visual content is also important to mention in more detail, as a selection of advertisement and governmental propaganda movies were projected, from an anti-communist comic by the American John Birch Society to USA government movies showing the air war over Vietnam. This last visual statement was misunderstood by some members of the audience as far as I remember belonging to Marxist-Leninist student opposition from West-Berlin. There were shouts against American imperialism from the audience … Last year this event was commemorated at the Rotterdam Film Festival and I made a 'visual narrative scroll' for that occasion. It can be found at this address: http://imaginarymuseum-archive.org/aaa/1967_moviemovie/
Move the small red bar in the middle at the top of the window gently and a tiny bit to start sliding through the whole scroll.
vacuumpacking.jpg -Vacuum Packing: Makoto Ishiwata, 2006
Vacuum packs its inhabitant from all sides in rubber and a rhythmic soundscape. Ishiwata intentions were to create a space for self-reflection and meditation. The heartbeat also encouraging the sense of internal space “I can feel like an individual in the midst of humanity, through the image of something internal such as a cell, an atom, or a fetus. Keeping in mind the insignificance of humanity, as I shrink ever smaller, it may be possible to confirm my existence in the universe on an electronic level. Or this work may simply serve as a space to meditate. The heartbeat is the very first rhythm humans feel. I believe all music has the heartbeat as its source. The moment that human beings connect to the heartbeat that flows within us, the music that we hear starts to sound right.”


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