Tomás Saraceno, Aero(s)cene: When breath becomes air, when atmospheres become the movement for a post fossil fuel era against carbon-capitalist clouds (2019). Exhibition view: On the Disappearance of Clouds (2019) at the 58th Venice Biennale. Courtesy the artist; Aerocene Foundation; Andersen's, Copenhagen; Ruth Benzacar, Buenos Aires; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles; Pinksummer Contemporary Art, Genoa; Esther Schipper, Berlin. © Photo: Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2019.
VENICE, Italy — Acqua alta: high water. It's something Venetians have learned to live with, when the city floods under high tides and strong winds. It mainly happens in the winter, but even under the mild May sunshine, the crowds sipping coffee in Saint Mark's Square will sometimes get their feet wet. At these times, the lines between lagoon, canal, and city square become blurred, mixing the usually distinct spheres of earth and water, perforating our comforting belief that we have mastery over the elements.