Tomás Saraceno: Dark Cosmic Web
Dark Cosmic Web, Tomás Saraceno’s solo show at Pinksummer Goes to Rome, via del Vantaggio 17/A a Rome, looks like a gravity lens able to take us along the fibers of dark matter, at which intersection galaxies and worlds clutter. A billions light years wide spiderweb, which invisible filamentous density, assimilated by the artist to the silken web structure, constitutes the largest mass in our universe. A flexible architecture that withholds celestial bodies by resisting to the dark energy, called “quintessence” by astrophysicists in honor of the great Stagirite who used that term to define the rotating ether. A powerful and mysterious anti-gravitational force that seems to push the universe toward an accelerated rarefaction, from “Big Bang” to “Big Strip”, an event that would cause the disintegration of any material concretion, form the macro-cosmos of worlds down to the micro-cosmos of particles, leaving behind just the endless chill and darkness of weird low centrifuge entropy.
Once again, in his exhibition Dark Cosmic Web like in all its work, Saraceno provide us with a model of cosmos through his hybrid spider webs resulting from the subsequent collaboration induced between spiders of different species. By introducing sound in his work, as presented for the first time in his solo show Cosmic Jive (2014) at the contemporary art museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, together with a book gathering contributions from a variety of disciplines, Saraceno transformed the empty space of universe in a pervasive and dense mass, filled with vibrational information. Sounds that disintegrate linear time same as the illusion generated by an interference can be destroyed, as it comes from an elsewhere place such distant in terms of space and time that appears unimaginable. The sounds sampled by Saraceno in order to create his “worlds symphony” are captured by recording, through sophisticated biologist instruments, the sounds produced by spiders that, for different purposes, ranging from hunt to love, pluck their spider webs like an harp, the sounds that are then mixed with those recorded by space agencies.
It was just last February, when Ligo observatory detected for the first time a gravitational wave, a deformation of space-time curve foreseen by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, resulting from the fusion of two black holes, happened between 600 million and 1 billion and 800 million light years ago, which whirling spinning one towards the other reached us in form of a sound, that it has been related to a chirping crescendo, eventually climaxing in the quiet of an achieved act. Sound will make vibrate the exhibition “Dark Cosmic Web” too, taking us off Cartesian coordinates for a moment, like a déjà vu that let us for an instant grasp the multidimensionality of the universe, in which past, present and future are overloaded with necessity in the black hole of contemporary time.