Aeroton

Alex Schweder
2024

Merging the Greek words for air, aero, and sound, ton, Aeroton continues Schweder’s use of inflatables to make spaces that are also sound instruments. Conceived of as a time-based labyrinth, ways through this space open and close as fabric columns lift and fall. Working with German composer B. Norbert Wuertz, the electromagnetic fields of the electric fans causing this to happen are digitized into a sonic layer using a custom built synthesizer. Faux fur entices occupants’s fingers to touch, caress, and lay upon surfaces that lift and lower their bodies slowly as they wait for passageways to open.

 

Biography

Rising and falling as she breathes, Her Joy, is thought of by the artist as vocalist in the inflatable band The Third Thing. Her lyrics become more and less muffled as the air of her breath inhales and exhales, a rising and collapsing mirror ball at a size that dinosaurs might dance to. During this slow process the reflections of her mirrored dress let the sparks fly. Just as the party ends, it begins again. The movement of this bounced light licking architectural surfaces and the audience of this band are like kinetic light paintings that fill the space of music.

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