ÆTER can be seen as a study of electromagnetism, translating the phenomena into an immersive sonic environment. Consisting of 16 large 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 its surroundings–nature, technology and the visitor–as well as itself. The piece is therefore constantly changing and invites us 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 its 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.
Christian Skjødt (DK) is an artist living and working in Copenhagen. Operating in the intersection between sound, visual art, and science, Skjødt’s work aim is to challenge our sensory perception and point towards its limitations. Often working site-specific, exploring natural and scientific phenomena, Skjødt creates large scale installations and immersive environments consisting of autonomous systems. His works can be seen as manifestations or witnesses of what we as human beings are unable to perceive, and of the boundaries between our sensory apparatus and the materiality of the world. Skjødt holds a Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark.
Realized with support from The Danish Arts Foundation, The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC), Avatar Quebec, and KODA Culture.