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 / dimensions variable
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Ars Electronica Festival 2017. Linz, Austria ; Mois Multi 2018 - Festival international d’arts multidisciplinaires et électroniques. Quebec, Canada

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.

 

 

 

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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ÆTER has been chosen as the Jury Selection 2018 in the Art Division of the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival.

Japan Media Arts Festival

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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