'Oramics: Atlantis Anew' film on display at the Science Museum, London
10 October 2011- 31 December 2014
An excerpt can be seen online on the Wire Magazine website: thewire.co.uk

‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’
Group exhibition Hayward Touring exhibition in association with Cabinet Magazine, curated by Brian Dillon
De Appel, Amsterdam
27 June – 14 September 2014

‘Transform: Lis Rhodes and Aura Satz’
Screenings and conversation at Tate Britain
22nd September 2014

‘Mirror City: London artists on fiction and reality’
Group exhibition at Hayward Gallery curated by Stephanie Rosenthal
14 October 2014 -5 January 2015

'Chromatic Aberration’
Solo show at the Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
22nd October- 21st November 2014

'They Used to Call it the Moon'
Baltic, group exhibition curated by Alessandro Vincintelli
31 October 2014 – 11 January 2015

‘Dial Tone Drone’
New sound Commission for Telephone, outside Royal Academy London, featuring Pauline Oliveros and Laurie Spiegel
15 Nov 2014 - 9 January 2015

15th Nov - Launch performance with Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe at Hayward Gallery

‘Eyelids Leaking Light'
Solo show at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York
24th January – 26th April 2015

'Onomatopoeic Alphabet' screening as part of Performance, Architecture, Materials, Sweden curated by Marianne Mulvey
24 September - 14 October 2015

'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of FNC Lab Competition at the 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada
7-18 October 2015

'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the 59th BFI London Film Festival BFI Southbank, NFT3, London
16 October 2015

'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the Fascinations Competition at the 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
27 October - 1 November 2015

'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the International Competition at the 17th International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
12-17 November 2015

'The Trembling Line'
Solo show at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
3 December 2015 – 23 January 2016

'Her Marks, a Measure'
Solo Show at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
16 January – 20 March 2016

'Between the Bullet and the Hole’, European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
27 Jan- 7 Feb

UK premiere of ‘Between the Bullet and the Hole’, alongside other films at Whitechapel Gallery, London
18 Feb 2016
Followed by discussion with Morgan Quaintance and David Alan Grier

'The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed,' The Sydney Biennale, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal
18 March - 6 June 2016

Premiere of short film about Laurie Spiegel as part of 'Deep Minimalism' festival curated by Oliver Coates, Southbank Centre
26 June 2016

'Her Marks, a Measure' solo show at Fridman Gallery, New York
1st October 2016
Exhibition opening and catalogue launch, with newly commissioned essays by Justine Ludwig, Erika Balsom and Omar Khalif Artist in conversation with Justine Ludwig 1st of Oct 5pm (addition film screenings 26th Oct and 2nd Nov 7pm)

Screening of ‘In and Out of Synch’ Flaherty NYC, curated by Genevieve Yue and Chris Stults
3rd October 2016
Anthology Film Archives, New York

'Eyelids Leaking Light'
5th-28th October 2016
Solo show at Clifford Gallery and artist's talk at Hamilton NY

'Between the Bullet and the Hole' shortlisted for the EUROPEAN SHORTS Competition, New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
21-31st July 2016

'Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken' shortlisted for Nouvaux Alchemistes, 45th Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
5-16 October 2016

'Between the Bullet and the Hole' screening as part of Experimenta, London Film Festival, BFI
9th October 2016

'Kepler's Trial' An Opera by Tim Watts based on Ulinka Rublack's book 'The Astronomer & the Witch', with film elements by Aura Satz Premieres at St John's College, Cambridge
28-29th October

'Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken screening at the Showroom, London
2nd November 2016

'Where there is Sea, there are Pirates / The Imagination is a Political Act', group exhibition at 3137 gallery, Athens
10-20 November 2016

'As Above, So below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics', group exhibition at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin
13 April - 27 August 2017

'Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future', group exhibition at NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo
29 May 2017 - 11 March 2018


29 September 2017 - 14 January 2018
'STARS', Group exhibition at Lentos Museum, Linz
Including Angela Bulloch, Hans Op de Beek, Maurizio Cattelan, Joseph Cornell, Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Longo, Meret Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Kiki Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and more.

12–15 Oct 2017
'Field Studies 2017: Listening after Pauline Oliveros’, Leeds, various venues

9 Nov 2017, 18.30 – 22.00
'Kepler's Trial’ at V&A, London
An Opera by Tim Watts based on Ulinka Rublack's book 'The Astronomer & the Witch’, with film elements by Aura Satz
’s unique process of development.

30 Nov 2017, 7pm
'The Wail that was Warning and the Institute of Signal and Noise', Aura Satz and David Toop, London Review Bookshop, London

24th Jan - 4th Feb 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam,

28-29th April 2018
Binaural version of 'The Trembling Line' installed as part of F(T) festival, hosted at Radialsystem V, Berlin

3-7 May 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' screening at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland

7-10 June 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' screening at CROSSROADS, San Francisco Cinematheque and SFMOMA, San Francisco

Artist page on the website of The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music: thewire.co.uk to accompany the cross-platform feature on my work in the September 2010 issue.

This includes:
An excerpt of the filmic installation 'Sound Seam' thewire.co.uk
An excerpt of 'Automamusic' thewire.co.uk
An excerpt of 'Oramics: Atlantis Anew', thewire.co.uk
An excerpt of 'Vocal Flame', thewire.co.uk
My short film on the Theremin virtuosa Lydia Kavina, thewire.co.uk
Listen to an excerpt of 'Dial Tone Drone' on thewire.co.uk
Excerpt of 'The Trembling Line' on thewire.co.uk

Huffington Post commissioned blog huffingtonpost.co.uk
Interview on the Creators Project website thecreatorsproject.com
Artist's profile in Diva Magazine divamag.co.uk
Frieze magazine focus article frieze.com
Interview on the Ear Room website: earroom.com
Animate projects interview: apengine.org
'Colour Opponent Process’ review in This Is Tomorrow
‘Colour Opponent Process’ review in Art Agenda
‘Colour Opponent Process’ review in Photomonitor
'Inside the Dial Tone-Inspired Sound Art Exhibits of Aura Satz', The Creator's Project
'1000 words: Aura Satz' in Artforum
'The Playlist', The Guardian
'500 words' in Artforum
Interview in Studio International
Cover Image for 'Parallax (Sounding/Thinking)', Vol 23, No 3




Sound Installation & Telephone Composition


dialtone operator

Aura Satz, Sketch for 'Dial Tone Operator', 2014

Conceived of as two parallel works on the history of telephony and the dial tone, Dial Tone Operator and Dial Tone Drone are exhibited simultaneously in two venues across London, featuring several voices in conversation with each other.


"Hello, Operator, give me long-distance"

Dial Tone Operator is a sound installation offering a disorienting experience of the dial tone as spatialized binaural music, composed from vintage recordings of telephone sounds, interwoven with spoken word and song by vocalists Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe. Early telephone operators were women, "weavers of speech" who provided seductive efficient voices and cheap labour, plugging lines in and out of a circuit. Automatic dial systems were developed to replace them, reducing costs and ensuring the privacy of the interlocutors. The dial tone plays when the telephone is off-hook, indicating that the system is live and a telephone number can be dialled, a sustained signal of 'lines open', awaiting transmission and connectivity. The composition suggests an experience of tuning in and tuning out, amplifying the multitude of voices in the ether, the meaningful and meaningless messages in a state of constant transmission. Using the dial tone and electric hum as drone music, the piece stimulates the nervous system by providing a constant sound within which the mind can go back and forth (either due to acoustic illusions, binaural effects or shifts in tone). Listeners are invited to immerse themselves in the intimate telephonic headphone encounter at the end of the corridor, lose themselves in the subtleties of a sustained note, and hum along. In addition to vintage headphones the installation features an original switchboard operator mouthpiece, which would have originally served to amplify the operator's voice as a hornlike contraption resting on their sternum. As a telephonic relic, it suggests that a person might speak into it, or that the wall itself is an operator.

Composed and scripted by Aura Satz.
Voice by Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe.
Vintage recordings generously provided by Evan Doorbell.


Dial Tone Drone, a sound piece commissioned by Measure, will play from the first red telephone kiosk designed in 1924 by renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott. Featuring conversations with electronic music pioneers and composers Laurie Spiegel and Pauline Oliveros, as well as excerpts of drone compositions, the piece unfolds the concept of the sustained note or drone in relation to the dial tone, and associated discussions on telephony, telecommunications, electrical circuits, connecting voices, tuning in, and listening to sustained notes. Dial Tone Drone is edited in such a way as to hover between a conversation and a sound documentary/composition - questioning, articulating and exploring the drone in all its political, conceptual, meditative and musical implications.

To coincide with the launch of the sound piece there will be a live performance with Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe at the Hayward Gallery on the 15th November 2014 7pm at the Hayward Gallery.


14th October 2014 - 5th Jan 2015
'Mirrorcity: 23 Artists from London'
Group exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

MIRRORCITY sets out to survey key emerging and established practices from some of the most exciting artists working in London today, whose work examines the ever-growing realms of our lived experience. Blurring the boundaries between internal and external worlds, the artists in this exhibition penetrate alternative spaces where the imagined, the physical and the virtual meet, to explore the multifaceted realities of the here and now. Presenting artworks in a wide variety of media, including painting, film and video, sculpture, drawing, sound and performance, the exhibition includes work by Michael Dean, Tim Etchells, Anne Hardy, Susan Hiller, Lloyd Corporation, LuckyPDF, Helen Marten, Ursula Mayer, Emma McNally, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Katrina Palmer, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Laure Prouvost, Aura Satz, Lindsay Seers, Tai Shani, Daniel Sinsel, John Stezaker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and a special performative project by Nicola Conibere, Frank Bock and Martin Hargreaves. Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal

A specially produced 'alternative' newspaper has been created by Tom McCarthy for MIRRORCITY. Conceived as collaboration between the author and the artists featured in the exhibition, artists have been have contributed a diverse and distinctive array of texts and pictures that McCarthy has edited into a startling and otherworldly reading experience.

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX


15 November 2014 - 9 January 2015

Dial Tone Drone, 'Telephone'

Wooden K2 Telephone Kiosk
Royal Academy, Burlington House entranceway
Piccadilly W1J 0BD


21st Jan - 1 Feb 2015
Dial Tone Drone touring to 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam,
as part of the Signal 24/7 programme



1-6 December 2015
Dial Tone Drone showing as part of CONTEXT Art Miami, curated by Christoph Cox, Miami


10-20 November 2016
Dial Tone Drone
showing as part of 'Where there is sea there are pirates'
3 137 Gallery, Athens


Curated by Poppy Bowers, including Salvatore Arancio, Jeremy Deller, Nancy Holt & Richard Serra, Theo Michael, Melvin Moti, Nina Papaconstantinou, Aura Satz, Weronika Trojanska.

Inspired by the Greek proverb 'Where there is Sea there are Pirates', the exhibition brings together sound, drawing, printmaking, film and text-works by artists who subvert conventional modes of mass communication. In a digitally saturated epoch, where capitalism reigns supreme, the show offers alternative and transcendental perspectives on our daily experiences. Prompted by Paul Klee's cry that 'Half winged-half in prison, this is man!', the exhibition captures a group of works that infiltrate the boundaries between conscious and sub-conscious, public and private expression, live and recorded action.

Mavromichali 137
114 72 Athens,


Further Links:

'Inside the Dial Tone-Inspired Sound Art Exhibits of Aura Satz' by Kevin Holmes, The Creator's Project http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/inside-the-dial-tone-inspired-sound-art-exhibits-of-aura-satz

'The Playlist' by Phillip Clarke, The Guardian 11 March 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/11/playlist-experimental-africa-express-colin-webster-rutger-zuydervelt-laurie-spiegel-etc

Listen to an excerpt on The Wire website http://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/tracks/listen_dial-tone-drone-with-pauline-oliveros_laurie-spiegel_aura-satz