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CHRISTIAN SKJØDT HASSELSTRØM: 'ÆTER'
The sound installation 'ÆTER' (2017) by artist and composer Christian Skjødt Hasselstrøm, 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. More info about ÆTER can be found here.
This release consists of audio recordings of the installation capturing the ever changing work in two different situations: Ars Electronica Festival 2017 at Post City in Linz, Austria (Side A) and Mois Multi 2018, Festival international d'arts multidisciplinaires et électroniques in Quebec, Canada (Side B). The gatefold artwork is accompanied by an insert featuring a text written by the acclaimed Korean curator Dehyung Lee.
Limited edition of 200 hand numbered copies on clear vinyl.