Aether & Hemera
Studio 21, Via Murat 84, 20159 Milano, Italy
UK mobile: +44 (0)783 2377281
Italian mobile: +39 371 1798996
Aether & Hemera is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio, producing work that lies at the intersections of contemporary installation, lighting art and interaction design.
Founded in 2008 by Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi, the duo often utilises the medium of light combined with digital media to create engaging spaces that connect people with their environment
Gloria has a mixed background in science (MSc, Politecnico di Milano, 1999) and the arts (MA, Brera Fine Art Academy, Milan, 2004), developed through her education as well as her practice.
Claudio trained as an architect at Politecnico di Milano, where he later obtained his PhD (2007), specializing in media architecture. Since 2009 is Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University (UK).
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’s diverse works – in lighting sculpture, video, and installation - have been exhibited internationally at a broad range of events and locations including, among others, Canary Wharf (UK - 2012, 2017), Vivid Festival in Sydney (AU 2013), Amsterdam Light Festival (NL - 2014, 2016), Enlighten Canberra (AUS - 2014, 2017), Baltimore Light City (USA - 2016, 2018), Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew (UK 2018), Jerusalem Light Festival (IS - 2016,2018), Dubai Emaar Art (UAE - 2018), Constellation Festival in Metz (FR - 2018), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (SCO - 2019), Chelsey Creek (UK- 2021), La Défense, Paris (FR - 2021).
They have been awarded grants and commissions from AFHC (Arts for Health Cornwall 2008), Arts Council England (2010,11,13), Sustrans (2010), Inspire Northumberland (2010), Arts for Health Manchester (2010), NHS North Yorkshire (2011), Newcastle upon Tyne Council (2011), Scottsdale Arts (2014), Quays Culture (2016), Scottish Maritime Museum (2016), Whitgift Foundation (2017), EPSRC (2018), Emaar Public Art (2018), Durham Council (2018), Light Art Collection (2018), Amble Trust (2020), Culture Creative (2021, 2019, 2018), Justice & Peace NL (2022).
Recognitions include Lighting Design Awards (Finalist 2019), DARC awards (Finalist 2019), Official Raspberry Pi Magazine (Winner 2016), NAE Culture Cloud (Finalist 2013), Aesthetica Prize (Finalist 2013).