On Space Time Foam is a multilayered aerial installation by Argentinian artist Toms Saraceno. Similar to his previous work, titled Cloud Cities, this interactive installation features surfaces of clear film in the air for visitors to walk, crawl, and lie in. What separates this experimental work from his older installation is the three layers of floating space for visitors to enter and engage in, directly affecting one another with their movement or lack thereof.
Saraceno compares the layered design to that of a lasagna. Each plane lies atop one another with space in between for other things, in this case people. Interestingly it also means that they’re all connected to one another. If there is a person on the topmost layer dragging down the clear film, he or she is directly influencing the architectural space and air supply of the person in the layer below. The installation serves as a metaphoric representation of human relationships and the impact they have upon one another and the earth. It is a simple cause and effect.
In addition to the suspended installation, there is a room below it for anyone to view the futuristic utopia, above. For those uninterested or incapable of physically moving through the aerial space, the ground floor provides a room for observers to witness their fellow visitors with the structure and one another. It is clearly an experience with many layers, both metaphorically and literally!
On Space Time Foam is currently on display at HangarBicocca in Milan through February 3, 2013.