Bettina Schuelke, Nina Czegledy, Veroniki Korakidou, Dave Lawrence
2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Greece
"Aureole" aims to evoke a “mystic” interactive experience inspired by the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The Auroras (Borealis in the North and Australis in the South) are enigmatic natural phenomena produced by electrically charged sub-atomic particles emitted by the sun and sent soaring into the ionosphere by solar winds. Virtually every circumpolar myth contains references to the Auroras dating back hundreds if not thousands of years.
Aureole is a real – time audio-visual installation, animated by its visitors. On entering the enclosed space, nothing is visible in the dimmed light; the spectacle of the moving lights on the cylinder is initiated only through the physical movement of the viewer/visitor. The installation soundscape has been composed with three main conceptual thoughts in mind - to reflect the beautiful poetic and mystical nature of the aurora, to refer to real tangible sounds captured during aurora borealis happenings, and to explore sonic connections with the visual and physical experience in the installation. While the Aurora is a natural phenomenon outside the scope of human control, this installation is animated by its visitors’ desire to move around it and “touch the light” and thus inverts this main characteristic.