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In October 2001, while I was trying to create a cubic nephele, in the Visual Arts Research Centre of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T), I came upon the silica aerogel for the first time... It is a space technology material, intangible -consisting of 99,9% air and 0.1% glass - which has been recently used by N.A.S.A for the collection of stardust. Its ethereal beauty and its optical properties - similar to those of heaven- have entirely paired with my years - long artistic quest for an omniabsence.

I was looking for a cloud and I found heaven ...

With their transparent and weightless composition, aer()sculptures break down the limits of Euclidean geometry and open up the way to representative space of Poincaré and Picasso. They become a bridge between what is real and what is true, demonstrating the fine-woven celestial world as the only source of the sense of light. Incarnation and dematerialization, presence and absence, nano & giga are some of the pairs of concepts that go along with each reading of the aer()sculptures.

It does me honour, that in halls of the Museum of Cycladic Art are hosted 11 aer()sculptures, inspired from the archetypal figurines of the Protocycladic Culture. In an ingenious in situ installation, reminiscent of the Platonic cavern, the "noli me tangere" aer()sculptures appear as conversing sometime with their transparent amber shadow, another time with their photographic and videographic imprints and finally another time with their endless hovering in the air.

1001 thanks to all who supportively got along with me in this dream and I proudly say to you:

Here are my 11 U(rano)topias!

Have a pleasant journey amidst them.

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Dr. Ioannis MICHALOU(di)S
Visual Artist




* This text was written for the catalogue by MICHALOU(di)S for the exhibition aer()sculptures at the N. P. Goulandris Foundation - Museum of Cycladic Art that opened in October 2006