At Aether & Hemera, we've collaborated with Justice & Peace during The Hague Highlights festival. Together, we explored the concept of safe haven through art and spoken word. Here is the lovely video interview!
Aether & Hemera will take part in this year’s light festival The Hague Highlights from 14 to 18 December 2022, presenting the artwork Voyage: a safe havenin collaboration with Justice & Peace. More Info about Justice & Peace's #artivism HERE and more about our project HERE!
Our last sculpture BIRDSONGS has just been installed in Amble, as part of a larger NATIONAL BIRD SCULPTURE TRAIL.
The Bord Waalk (‘Bird Walk’, as it sounds in Amble’s local accent) is a new walking trail of public sculptures inspired by the bird-life found along the Amble Coast. Bringing iconic arts to Amble, the new walking trail of public sculptures is inspired by the bird-life found around the Amble coast. The artworks are being created by nationally and internationally artists, bringing something unique and very special to the area. The Bord Waalk will be enjoyed by residents and attract visitors from across the country to Amble.
The Bord Waalk is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council, with the aim of attracting new visitors to the area, creating more commercial skills and opportunities for artists, engaging local communities with creativity, and encourage a closer connection between art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Art UK is a cultural education charity working to transform access to the UK's public art collections. Our website now features artworks from over 3,250 UK public collections. We have been photographing public sculptures around the UK since 2017.
Our artwork Voyage is travelling to at the National Trust’s world-famous garden at Stourhead, Wiltshire! From 26 November, visitors will take a one-mile trip through the famous landscape gardens and witness tunnels of light, lakeside reflections and illuminated artworks.
We are excited to announce that our artwork Voyage has now docked at Chelsea Creek, thanks to St George - Berkeley Group. Over 150 origami boats will be lighting up the canal basin at the heart of Chelsea Creek, till the end of September.
We are delighted that our proposal has been selected for the new Amble sculpture trail!
The chosen route for the walk encompasses a varied range of landscapes, environments, backdrops and habitats, allowing artistic responses through a variety of media. The trail will align with the planned coastal path, being accessible at locations between Hauxley Nature Reserve, following the coastline to Amble, through the town and along the river Coquet to the bottom of Beal Bank, Warkworth.
Our flotilla of origami boats has travelled to Dubai to celebrate Diwali on Burj Lake. On display until the end of November, Voyage forms part of the Emaar Art initiative, which aims to bring art to the wider community.
Aether & Hemera have been selected for creating an artwork to commemorate the end of World War One.
HOPE is a light and sound installation, inspired by the life experiences of the people of County Durham to commemorate their hope, humanity and resilience, even in the bleakest of times. More info here!
Thinking Through Making: Light - Human Perception - Spaces.
Aether & Hemera provided sessions around notions of ‘junctions and thresholds’, both as architectural elements and as moments of meeting and co-construction for Newcastle University's architecture students in December. The sessions provided students with a chance to experiment and explore new processes of thinking through making with light, filters and lenses.
Aether & Hemera's Voyage has been selected for Blenheim Palace annual outdoor light exhibition; November 2017- January 2018. Our flotilla of origami boats will be floating for 2 months on the Great Lake. Photos by JW.
Grundy Art Gallery is presenting a new exhibition of artists’ work developed as part of the Light Lab; a residential seminar programme delivered by the Light Up the North network (LUTN). Light Lab ran in Blackpool between March and June 2017 and provided opportunity for seven light artists, including Gloria Ronchi nominated by LUTN members, to develop new light based artworks in response to a creative brief. More info here.
A two-year programme, Generation Tour, supported by the National Lottery funded Strategic Touring programme, attracted more than 123,000 visitors to four contemporary galleries across the North. The galleries commissioned artists, including Aether & Hemera, to create a series of new hands-on contemporary exhibitions to appeal specifically to families.
Gloria Ronchi collaborates with mathematicians Dr Sara Lombardo and Dr Huard from Nothumbria University to devise creative workhops for schools inspired by their research on nonlinear waves thanks to EPSRC, Maths Foresees grant. More details HERE and HERE
Aether & Hemera have been selected to participate in the inaugural LUTN LightLab art Residency in Blackpool.
The Lab is a residency programme for high-calibre artists who are either resident in the north or who have a strong relationship to it, to develop new light art works in response to creative briefs set by the festivals.
Over 10 nights, 3 – 12 MARCH 2017, Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle and Enlighten satellite venues will be transformed into vibrant arts precincts, showcasing Australian premiere performances, amusing roving artists, live bands and enchanting performances - all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia's most iconic locations.
Aether & Hemera are among the artists selected for the Georgetown BID’s third annual outdoor public light art exhibition,
Eight local, regional, and international artists will show commissioned light-art works juxtaposed against the backdrop of Georgetown’s historic environs during the third annual Georgetown GLOW exhibition in DC. In its third year, GLOW will be a month-long exhibition from Friday, December 2 – Sunday, January 1 with works lit nightly from 6-10 p.m. Georgetown GLOW is a signature winter event celebrating the holiday season and organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID).
From December 1, 2016 to January 22, 2017, the fifth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival.More than 35 works of art and installations by international artists, designers and architects illuminate the center of Amsterdam.The works are along a route, the Watercolors and a hiking trail, the Illuminade placed.Learn about the different art routes,
The Scottish Maritime Museum will launch the country’s newest art and light winter spectacular, ‘illumination: Harbour Festival of Light’ which will include a free firework display celebrating St Andrew’s Day, including our and a free water-themed sculpture trail.
The UK's biggest digital light festival This season, Quays Culture will host the UK’s biggest digital light festival, at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. The annual festival, Lightwaves 2016 will run from Friday 9 December until Sunday 18 December and will feature a collection of outdoor light exhibitions. #Lightwaves2016.
Saturday the 9th of July, Aether & Hemera's Generation Touring Exhibition for Berwick Visual Arts will open @The Gymnasium Gallery. The exhibition will last till the 11th of September and you can check all the details here and a short film about the exhibition here
The UK’s most glamorous boutique festival, returns to its stunning setting along the river in Henley-on-Thames from 6 - 10 July 2016. Aether & Hemera are among the artists lined up; you can download the full program here
As part of the 'Generation Project', Aether & Hemera's touring exhibition will open at the Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne on Sat 30th April. The installations combine the power of art, technology and nature to create a magical, memorable experience for all ages to enjoy.
Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City will provide a backdrop for the celebration of ideas, ingenuity and creativity through art, music and innovation.
Light City will shine a light on Baltimore’s abundance of creative, cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary talent, and at Aether & Hemera we are delighted that our installation Voyage has been selected for the festival.
We are delighted that Aether & Hemera has been selected to be part of Enchanted Park 2015 in Saltwell Park, Gateshead; Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 December 2015.
To celebrate 10 years of Enchanted Parks have invited back some of their favourite artists to create a topsy-turvy journey through Saltwell Park. Expect the unexpected as you enter a dream-like world of flames, fantasy and magical surprises where nothing is as it seems. This year’s Enchanted Parks will be a ‘wonderland’ like you’ve never seen before.
ViaHenri and Gallery Vriend van Bavink present "WHAT LIVES IN THE LIGHT" exhibition, from December 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015 in ViaHenri Henri Polaklaan 13, Amsterdam and 4bid Gallery @ OT301 Overtoom 301, Amsterdam.
Participating artists: Ralf Westerhof, William Besselink, Eelco Brand, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Aisha Zeijpveld and Aether & Hemera.
Aether & Hemera have been invited to present their work Voyage in Canberra in occasion of Enlighten 2015; from February the 27th to March the 7th our flotilla of colourful origami boats will float on the Lake Burley Griffin for all to enjoy!
We are delighted that Aether & Hemera's new work ' On the wings of freedom' has been selected for Amsterdam Light Festival 2014-2015 among more than 200 submission. The members of the judging panel were Jennifer Keesmaat | Chief Planner of the City of Toronto, Marloes Krijnen | Director of Foam, the photo museum in Amsterdam,Cyril Zammit | Director of Design Days Dubai, Sarah Douglas | Creative Director of Wallpaper Magazine and Rogier van der Heide | Artistic Director of the Amsterdam Light Festival.
The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to serve as a leader in defining art in the public realm through creative place-making, signature cultural events, exhibitions, and installations contributing to the community's creative, cultural, and economic vitality.
At Aether & Hemera, we are interested in Xdesign for contemporary city , focusing not only on the traditional 'hard' infrastructures of buildings and engineering, but also the 'softer' infrastructures of social networks and human interactions.
Aether & Hemera has taken part in the Northern Design Festival 10 - 20 October 2013, with a new project called 'Fluidity' complemented by Dr Hilton's talk 'Can we change our mind about gender'. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
This project results from the collaboration between Gloria Ronchi, founder of Aether & Hemera, and Dr. Kevin Hilton, Reader in Designing for Transformational Experiences, Northumbria University. Dr. Hilton is researching into gender diversity and inclusion, with the aim of using design to help people accept and understand humankind's diversity of gender experiences and needs.
Computational creativity is the study and simulation, by computational means, of behaviour, natural and artificial, which would, if observed in humans, be deemed creative. The Fourth International Conference on Computational Creativity will be held June 12 – 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia and will exhibit Aether & Hemera art installation during an interactive show and tell showcase. Proceedings here.
Aether & Hemera have been selected for ArtsIt 2013 to show an interactive light and sound piece at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan, 21-23 March 2013; the exhibition aims at presenting innovative and cutting-edge artworks, performances and shows that exploit ICT technologies. Keynote presentation: Andrea Lissoni.
Aether and Hemera will take part at this year Kinetica Art Fair with a sensory light installation; the event will be in London from February 28th to March 3rd 2013 and more information are available on Kinetica website; The 2013 catalogue is available here
We’re delighted that we have been selected for Aesthetica Art Prize longlist and our piece, The Colour of Phi, has been seected to be published in Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology this March; given the sheer number of works entered - there were over 3,000 works entered! - this is an incredible achievement.
The etymon of the word 'voyage' comes from Latin viāticum, which means 'provision for travelling'; the inspiration of this artwork is to allow people to travel and sail with absolute freedom to all the places we care to imagine. Paper boats bring us in voyages through childhood memories, wishes and imaginings. Paper boats’ on the water invite everyone to make a transition from reality to imagination, reliving childhood memories and embracing our freedom. Creating an unexpected and unusual addition to the landscape, Voyage inspires the viewers to think creatively about the spaces around them; the dynamic coloured light scenarios of the artwork invite the viewer to make a smooth transition between reality and daydream.
Aether & Hemera have been selected to present an innovative artwork for Shimmer digital arts. The North Tyneside seafront will be bathed in waves of light when the festival makes a spectacular return to Whitley Bay during the weekend of November 3rd and 4th. More information on the Guardian webpage
A great Contemporary Dance Work exploring our inner spirituality at St. Dominic's Priory Church on Saturday the 13/10. Lights - designed by Aether and Hemera - will convey both an absence of darkness and a quality that will help us to see and understand. More info about the event here.
TippingPoint organisation has just launched of a new tool on their website - a database of climate-change-related artwork. It could be a valuable tool for many people: artists, producers, researchers, in fact anyone interested in learning about and developing insights into the ever-increasing range of work that is being produced on the subject. Our work with Sustrains has been featured in it: here the link.
Aether & Hemera interactive video-projection has been selected for blinc Digital, the Wales’ largest Contemporary Digital Arts Festival showcasing work by a broad spectrum of artists from all over the world.
This year’s blinc is dedicated to Alan Turing. A selection of artists are creating site-specific work to run alongside the Alan Turing Centenary celebrations. Highlights included Bedwyr Williams Boat Tour, Ludic Rooms on the castle, Helen Booth’s hypnotic installation and Aether and Hemera interactive piece.
The BBC Space is also covering the commissions online. 27th & 28th of October 2012.
If you happen to have a few RGB LED strips around and you play with electronics you are probably tempted to hook them to your arduino (or other preferred microcontroller) and paint your favourite corner of the house with beautiful colours.
This work aims at investigating the relationship between creation and fruition of art, in works that show intelligent responsiveness to viewer input. Which is your brass voice? is an interactive installation in which the audience members are partners in constructing meanings and producing contents. Using artificial intelligence techniques, the artwork analyses the individual nuances of people’s voices and creates a new music composition in real time on the base of its vast musical knowledge.
Users’ voice is transformed into sound and coloured lights for exploring rich aesthetic interactions.
Keywords: computational creativity, intelligent systems, software art, digital media, artificial intelligence, interactive installation, installation art, embedded electronics, public engagement, open work, audience experience, interdisciplinary collaboration, co-creation.
New Art Exchange’s curators from over 900 submissions have selected ‘The colour of Phi’ artistic picture and the final 40 artworks were selected via a public vote. More information an the Aestetica's blog and
Aether & Hemera have been shortlisted for the “Tunnel Vision” project in Derby and they designed the 'Magic Green Garden' for the main Tunnel.
Inspire by the beautiful landscape around this manmade infrastructure, the idea is to cover with grass the tunnel’s surfaces appearing to be seamless extensions of the surrounding green areas and bringing the natural environment in the underpass. Thanks to the addition of glimmering light embedded in the grass this tunnel will be transformed into an enchanted green passage.
What are the challenges for artists in response to the rapidly changing climate in a society where the level of consumerism is not sustainable?
And how will people change their way of living because of the influence of art?
Thanks to a TippingPoint bursary I’ve been able to attend an intense 3 day gatherings and precipitate to a constructive dialogue between artists, scientists and others close to the heart of this issue – with the objective of starting initiatives of all types that can play their part in bringing about these shifts.
TippingPoint’s guiding principles are simple: through their creative work and through collaborations with scientists, artists can play a vital role in exploring and pointing the way towards the cultural, societal and behavioural shifts needed in a world subject to a rapidly changing climate.
Aether & Hemera have been selected to participate in Durham Brass:2012 Festival. Which is your brass voice? Interactive light and sound installation, was chosen from a highly competitive listings of more than 40 artists for the festival which will focus attention on the creative exploration of Brass culture and music in Durham.
BRASS: DURHAM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2012 will takes place from 6 - 22 July 2012.
We have been invited and shortlisted to develop a preliminary proposal for a special
lighting installation in Combe Down Tunnel, as part of Sustrans' Two
Tunnels Greenway - A walking and cycling path between Bath and Midford.
response for creating an immersive and interactive environment, using LEDs
lights to evoke an atmospheric sensation.
We developed this proposal after being shortlisted for designing an
installation for pedestrian area outside of Bert William Leisure Centre.
Using a custom designed control system,
motion sensors and LED lights, we will detect peoples movements and will
translate it in changing colour sequences and patterns, encouraging close
encounters. Peoples movement influences the art as the art simultaneously
encourages and inspires them to
A giant sphere made up of glowing globes located in the performance space at
Holey Rock Corner for Roker by Night event in Sunderland. 24 - 26 March,
6.30pm - 8.30pm. 'My Place in the World' enthuses viewers to
think about progress, transformation of places and local identity versus
"The Colour of Phi", a specially commissioned artwork using electro-luminescent wire by the artists Aether and Hemera will be on show at the DLI/Durham Art Gallery until 2 May 2011.
"The Colour of Phi" is supported by arts Council of England North East and is showing alongside an exhibition marking the 10thanniversary of the death of artist/curator Nerys Johnson at the DLI Museum/Durham Art Gallery from 19 March until 2 May.
3 February 1879: the Sunderland-born Joseph Swan invented the first practical light bulb, whose developments would result in the widespread use of electric light throughout the world. it's going to be 133 years in a few days.
Newcastle was one of the first towns to be lit with electricity, Cragside in Northumberland one of the first houses to be lit and a light bulb factory at Benwell was the first in the world; there a post on the BBC about it.
Christmas Present, the Shipley Art Gallery's annual selling exhibition, returns this year featuring an impressive range of North East designers; a great opportunity to buy limited editions and original items as our Heart_Bit Lamp!
The exhibition opens on the evening of 18th November and runs until 9th January.
The Shed at The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.
This week we piloted a project which takes the physical shed out
of The Shed and into other cultural venues. The pilot ran at the recent
Shipley Lates at Shipley Art Gallery in November, with the view to extend
this to other cultural spaces in 2011.
This week we exhibited the Mood Chair and the Heart-Bit lamp at 100% Design on the Design Event Stand in the 100% Futures section, from 23-26 September on Stand G100 at Earls Court. We exhibited along with other North East Designers, for instance behind our chair you can see the beautiful wallpaper of Kate Usher
DESIGN EVENT 23 October, 2.00pm - 5.00pm The Shed, 348-354 High Street, Gateshead
The course will be a relaxed project-focused introduction to programming for interactive art and design. We will spend a three hours session on understanding the many alternative platforms available (including Processing, Arduino, C/C++ and higher level as C#) and giving you the tools to find your way around their pros and cons.
22-31 October - The Shed, 348-354 High Street, Gateshead;
Opening: 22 October, 6pm – 10pm
Aether & Hemera's projection visualizes and reflects the growing state of the social relations and conversations in the Shed space. Each conversation is represented by a shrub, growing in real-time while individuals chat with one another; these will change in a shape, size and hue depending on the duration and volume of the conversation as perceived by different sensors and microphone.
By the end of the exhibition the whole series of conversations will have generated an intricate and colourful forest still evolving as new spectators and guests interact in front of it.
Not only will the Growing Forest be developed by dialogues, but by displaying a representation of conversations to the audience, will provide new items to discuss, resulting in a convoluted self-generating loop. The Growing Forest represents a narrative visualization of all discussions’ history.
Enter a magical world of storytelling and discover work inspired by childhood memories, fictional stories and fairy tales. Through paintings, drawings, sculptures and collage, the gallery space will be transformed into an enchanted, playful and mysterious land; more info on Wolverhampton Art Gallery website.
Claudio and I run a free workshop during The Late Show: the workshop was a successful introduction of Arduino foundation for kids and adults where participants have learnt to create their artworks with Arduino from scratch as well as having an excellent introduction to new media art.
The next step in our creative journey as lighting artists is the use of new technology to develop interactive digital artwork and last week we've begun a new exciting project involving the use of digital technologies in the production of a new artwork scheduled for this autumn, thanks to an Arts Council Grant for the Arts.
We are very excited that Aether & Hemera have been selected for the Connect2 Residency; we are deeply interested in Sustrans's themes such as responsible travel and we believe that everyone can make a difference !
We recognize that art has an ability to reflect and potentially influence our actions, challenging our awareness; in this context we believe it has a role to play in promoting responsible behaviours.