ÆTER
CHRISTIAN SKJØDT

 

 

ÆTER

YEAR: 2017
MATERIALS: 16x copper antennas, electronic circuits, subwoofers, stands, wire
MEASURES: 60 m x 5 m x 4,5 m / 20 m x 20 m x 4,5 m / 40 m x 10 m x 4,5 m / dimensions variable
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Ars Electronica Festival 2017. Linz, Austria ; Mois Multi 2018 - Festival international d’arts multidisciplinaires et électroniques. Quebec, Canada ; Noite Branca 2018, Salão Medieval, Largo do Paço, Archiepiscopal Palace, Braga, Portugal.


ÆTER can be seen as a study of electromagnetism, translating the phenomena into an immersive sonic environment.

Consisting of copper antennas and analogue electronic circuitry, the autonomous systems directly capture and transform the ever-present electromagnetic waves in the air around us into low frequency audio material. ÆTER thus “listens” to it’s surroundings - the nature, technology and the visitor - as well as itself. The piece is therefore constantly changing and invites to expand not only our perception of the world and its dimensions, but also our own perception apparatus. The intention is not to create a performative instrument enabling visitors to play, but rather to create a complex interconnected network.

ÆTER takes it’s inspiration from the Russian scientist and musician Léon Theremin’s (1896-1993) most iconic invention - the theremin - a musical instrument which derived from an attempt to create a surveillance device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Æter, Christian Skjødt, Ars Electronica Festival, 2017, Postcity, Linz

 

Æter, Christian Skjødt, Ars Electronica Festival, 2017, Postcity, Linz

 

Æter, Christian Skjødt, Ars Electronica Festival, 2017, Postcity, Linz

 

Æter, Christian Skjødt, Ars Electronica Festival, 2017, Postcity, Linz

 

Æter, Christian Skjødt, Ars Electronica Festival, 2017, Postcity, Linz

Photos from Ars Electronica Festival 2017. Postcity. Linz, Austria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from On/Off, Noite Branca 2018. Salão Medieval, Largo do Paço, Archiepiscopal Palace. Braga, Portugal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realized with support from the Danish Arts Foundation, The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC), Avatar, and Danish Composers' Society's Production Pool and Koda's Cultural Funds.

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AWARDS

Jury Selection 2018 in the Art Division of the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival.

Japan Media Arts Festival

 

Honorary Mention by the jury of the Digital Musics & Sound Art of Prix Ars Electronica 2019.

Prix Ars Electronica, Prixars, 2019, Honorary Mention

"The jury experienced the installation at the 2017 Ars Electronica festival exhibition and was already then drawn to the huge Æter installation and its majestic yet subtle presence that goes into dialogue with and offers an auditive insight into the invisible electromagnetic surroundings. Æter “listens” to the surroundings, even the audiences themselves, and transmits these signals as a deep low frequency undertow, the auditive part and thus the artwork constantly changing. The jury found it aesthetically moving, appealing, and somehow repulsive at the same time. It doesn’t come on to you, it’s almost ignorant of the audiences except for their electromagnetic signals." Jury: Christina Kubisch, Soichiro Mihara, François Pachet, Rikke Frisk, Shilla Strelka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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