The Aerocene Explorer

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Aerocene is a multi-disciplinary project that proposes a new epoch. In the wake of the debates on the Anthropocene, the project foregrounds the artistic and scientific exploration of environmental issues, and promotes common links between social, mental, and physical ecologies. A synthesis of art, technology and environmental awareness, Aerocene embodies a vision for fossil- and emissions-free travelling and living in the atmosphere. Aerocene increases public awareness of global resource circulation, and reactivates a common imaginary towards new ways of co-inhabiting the earth. Its activities are manifested in the development and testing of aerosolar balloons, in the distribution of open-source flying kits (the Aerocene Explorer) and in the organization of exhibitions, discussions, and publications with an ever-growing global community. This project proposes an epoch of ecological consciousness, where together we learn how to float, how to live in the air, and how to achieve an ethical compromise with the atmosphere and with the planet. Aerocene communicates a message of simplicity and of creativity as well as of cooperation in a world of tumultuous geopolitical relations, reminding us of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth and all its species. Inflated only by air, lifted only by the sun’s power, and carried only by the wind.