aer( )sculptures
Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens

October, 3-21, 2006

Included among the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Museum of Cycladic Art is the exhibition aer()sculptures, featuring works by the artist MICHALOU(di)S. The exhibition is presented in the New Gallery of the Museum between October 3 and 21, 2006.
The blending of Art & Science is the central theme of this innovative exhibition. The aer()sculptures are made of the space-technology material silica aerogel, which has a 99% air content and looks like frozen smoke. Silica aerogel is used by NASA mainly as an insulating material in spacecraft.

Aer()sculpture is an avant-garde research project in visual arts globally, aiming to create weightless, ethereal sculptures from the lightest solid material available on earth.

In this exhibition, MICHALOU(di)S presents 11 aer()sculptures inspired by the Early Cycladic culture. The unusual sculptures, which imitate in form and size of original figurines from the collections in the Museum of Cycladic Art, are displayed in an in situ installation in the New Gallery of the Museum aiming to generate a fruitful dialogue between the culture of yesterday and the technology of tomorrow.

Thanks to special lighting designed by Eleftheria Deko, thetransparent amber shadow of the aer()sculptures, which rotate like planets, is projected on walls and translucent screens. The installation is completed by large photographs of the aer()sculptures. One of the aer()sculptures hovers in the air suspended between electromagnetic fields.