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Aether & Hemera are the ancient Greek god and goddess of brighter upper air and daylight.
Aether & Hemera is a multi-disciplinary art and design practice, producing work that lies at the intersections of art, architecture and interactive design.
Founded in 2008 by lighting artist Gloria Ronchi and architect Claudio Benghi, the studio often utilises the medium of light combined with digital media to create engaging spaces that connect people with their environment.
Gloria graduated at Politecnico di Milano and later obtained a Master degree in Lighting Design at Brera’s Fine Art Academy in Milan (2004). In 2008 she obtained a Fellowship from the Institute of Digital Innovation for the design and creation of ‘Mood Chair’, a piece of interactive furniture that responds to its environment and people in it.
Claudio trained as an architect at Politecnico di Milano, where he later became course coordinator and Lecturer of the course: “Communication design”, from 2000 to 2005. In 2007 he obtained his PhD, specializing in media architecture. Since 2009 is Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Aether & Hemera’s artistic vision is to provoke memories, explore aesthetic interactions and elicit feelings of connective human experiences in a required-to-participate audience.
Aether & Hemera works have been shown internationally since 2008; recent exhibitions include: ArtsIT at Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2013); Kinetica Art Fair, London (2013); Vivid, Sydney (2013); Blinc Digital Art Fest, Wales (2012); DLI Museum/Durham Art Gallery, England (2011); Wolverhampton Art Gallery, England (2010); Queen’s Hall Art Centre, Hexham, England (2010); 100% Design, London (2010); MART 09 at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2009).