A short extract of 'Automamusic' the film is now available online at The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music, to coincide with the cross-platform interview in the September 2010 issue.
Automamusic, film still by Aura Satz, Cibachrome print, 2008
Aura Satz's 'Automamusic' project has at its core a film about mechanical music. Intricate views of self-playing violins, accordions, drums, pianolas, and orchestrions are offset by scenes in which floating musical instruments are played by invisible hands. The film highlights the similarities between the beginnings of musical reproduction in the 19th century and spiritualist invocations of the dead through sound. 'Automamusic' breathes the ghost back into the machine, inhabiting the figurative space between sound and source, when music had not yet become abstracted into the grooves of the gramophone record. In addition to the series of hand-printed cibachrome photographs which recall spiritualist photography, the project includes drawings inspired by early patents for mechanical or hybrid musical instruments (small selection online here).
The film 'Automamusic' was developed with support from Film and Video Umbrella, funded by Arts Council England and Artsadmin, with kind assistance from Film London Artist's Moving Image Network and a special thanks to the Museum of Music Automatons, Seewen, Switzerland.
'BOOSTER - Art Sound Machine'
Group exhibition curated by Nik Nowak in conjunction with Marta Herford, Herford Germany
15 February - 11 May 2014
From the barrel organ and the ghetto blaster to the large speaker vehicles at parades or demonstrations, right up to acoustic warfare - regardless of the context in which mobile sound systems are used, we are directly impacted by their equally fascinating and threatening effect. The exhibition "BOOSTER" inquires into the cultural significance of these constructions and their use in the creative arts. Since the start of the 20th century, artists have been producing breathtaking sound machines, again and again stretching the boundaries between different disciplines. The special combination of sculpture, movement and sound takes the visitor into a world that addresses many different senses at once: whether as fragile mechanisms or monumental objects, the mobile sound sculptures generate a pulsating world of (sub)cultural spheres in a choreography of gentle tones and high-volume sounds.
Against a background of spectacular installations and sculptures, the exhibition also traces the global roots of mobile sound systems.
Artists: AUDINT / Toby Heys und Steve Goodman, Massimo Bartolini, Lothar Baumgarten, Benjamin Binder, Katie Callan, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Tamara Grcic, Mark Leckey, Olaf Mooij, Nomadic Sound System / Ben Newland, Nik Nowak, Tintin Patrone, Aura Satz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jean Tinguely, and more.
Tel +49 5221 9944300
Solo retrospective at Blaak 10, as part of the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam
curated by Edwin Carels
23 January - 3 February 2013
Blaak 10 Gallery
Witte de Withstraat 7
3012 BL Rotterdam
'The Sight of Sound'
Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge, Frieze Art Fair
4–7 May 2012, performance on the 5th May 2pm
Group exhibition including John Cage, Christian Marclay, Jorge Macchi, Jenny C. Jones, David Ellis and Aura Satz.
Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.
Selected works feature artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection who reference music in a variety of ways: as a structural or notational device, a vehicle for chance and improvisation, or as a social platform for communicating identity. These artists from different generations share a trajectory of using musical forms as a source and framework. The theme underscores Deutsche Bank’s global commitment to supporting art and music, and promoting cultural advancement through the intersecting worlds of ideas and practices.
The historical influence of musical sound on visual artists is immeasurable, but its effect upon form, process, and conceptual art has clearly become more prevalent in modern times. From Piet Mondrian’s painting, “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” his homage to jazz, to John Cage and Nam June Paik’s experiments with performance-driven work, to real-time musical interactions via satellite, video and digital interfaces, the relationship between the aural and visual arts are continually shape-shifting.
Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island, Manhattan
Aura Satz, solo exhibition at Artprojx Space
8 July - 16 August 2008, Preview 9th July 6-9pm
Open Monday-Saturday 11-6 or by appointment
Weds 16 July 6.30-8.30pm
Andrew Renton (art critic/curator and Director of the Curatorial Programme, Goldsmiths University) in conversation with Aura Satz on the withdrawal of authorship in relation to sound, sound technology and sound art, with live mechanical music performance by Aura Satz.
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53 Beauchamp Place
London SW3 1NY
Tel: 020 7584 0717 or email@example.com
Automamusic photographs are included in the group exhibition IN SEARCH OF ALCHEMIC TIMES
5 August - 3 September 2011
Artists: Aura Satz, Charlesworth, Lewandowski & Mann, Jennifer Walshe, Liliane Lijn, Nathan Witt, Peter Lewis and Makiko Nagaya, Rowena Harris, Steven Ounanian, Tom Badley, Unrealised Projects.
Curated by Cecilia Wee.
Thursday - Saturday 12-6pm
Wednesdays by appointment
235 Brompton Road
London SW3 2EP
tel: 07527 640 419
'As Above, So below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics'
Group exhibition at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin
13 April - 27 August 2017
Including Hilma af Klint | Kenneth Anger | David Beattie | Nora Berman | Annie Besant | Agnieszka Brzezanska | Alan Butler | James Lee Byars | Cameron | Marcus Coates | Ira Cohen | Ithell Colquhoun | Matt Copson | Stephan Doitschinoff | Hayden Dunham | Stephen Dunne | Susan Hiller | Koo Jeong A. | Alejandro Jodorowsky | Wassily Kandinsky | Rachid Koraichi | Emma Kunz | Frantisek Kupka | Paul Laffoley | Liliane Lijn | Linder | Josiah McElheny | Steve McQueen | Henri Michaux | Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky | Padraic E. Moore (curatorial advisor) | Bruce Nauman | Austin Osman Spare | Sigmar Polke | The Propeller Group | Patrick Pye | John Russell | Eoghan Ryan | Aura Satz | Suzanne Treister | Grace Weir, amongst others. Curated by Sam Thorne and Rachael Thomas.
A fully-illustrated book is published to accompany the exhibition which features contributions from Erik Davis, Jennifer Higgie, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, Dr Tina Kinsella, Linder, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Rachael Thomas, Sam Thorne and Maurice Tuchman, amongst others. Price â‚¬20 available to buy from the IMMA shop.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Military Rd, Kilmainham
Dublin 8, Ireland
Automamusic screened at RISK Cinema
alongside Jerome Hiler and John Smith
The Harn Museum, Florida
18th March 2014 7pm
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
Automamusic screened with Q&A session as part of Transmediale 2012, In/Compatible video programme, curated by Marcel Schwierin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin
31 Jan - 5 Feb 2012
3259 Hull Road
31 Jan - 5 Feb 2012
Automamusic was screened as part of Mikhail Karikis' Love Songs for Broken Machines
Friday 22 October 2010 8pm
Hall One, Kings Place, London
This event is a spectacle of music and video bringing together the hitch and glitch of failed technologies with the humour and romance of love songs. Contemporary vocal trio juice present the English premiere of specially commissioned songs by leading composers and pop artists including Gavin Bryars, Micachu, Dai Fujikura, Phillip Neil Martin, Anna Meredith, Damien Harron, E.laine, Roxanna Panufnik, Errollyn Wallen and Jim Moray. They are joined by Ensemble Scratch the Surface who feature, amongst others, an audiovisual performance for modified piano by pinaist extrodinaire Leon Michener, a (re)construction of hybrid pianos by 'better known as' aka Lemon Drizzle the alter egos of composer Claudia Moliter and pianist Sarah Nicolls and films by visual artist Aura Satz and collective Flat-e.
This event is curated by Mikhail Karikis with Conall Gleeson and juice. Love Songs is a new commission funded by Arts Council England.
90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7520 1490
Automamusic was screened as part of Artprojx presents OPERA & STILL-FILM
LOOP festival, Barcelona, Spain
22 - 31 May 2009, 17.00-19.30pm
OPERA is a selection of films by contemporary artists who have utilised, investigated and celebrated opera and contemporary classical music. Including films by Alice Anderson, Martha Colburn, Haris Epaminonda, Karen Knorr, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Tania Mouraud, Michelle Naismith, Mariele Neudecker, Jayne Parker, Sophy Rickett, Susanne Winterling.
STILL FILM is a selection of artist's films with a sculptural sensibility. Including films by Matt Calderwood, Louise Camrass, Andrew Cross, Ryan Gander, William Hunt, Michael Nyman, Aura Satz, Richard Wilson.
Compilations selected by David Gryn, Artprojx.
Automamusic was screened as part of SonicRecycler5
Saturday 9th May 2009 16.00-23.00pm
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
A unique evening of provocative, entertaining and experimental music, presented by Sprawl, Brentford Recycling Action Group and Watermans. SonicRecycler5, the fifth in an annual series, is an event showcasing the many different strands of eclectic ideas in music, and promoting recycling concepts. With performers, DJ's, films, stalls and interactive presentations, it's a packed evening of radical sounds in a lovely Thameside venue, overlooking Kew Gardens - Think: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.
Films by Aleks Kolkowski & Aura Satz will be shown from 3pm to 4pm at the Musical Museum
Automamusic was screened as part of Artprojx Presents...
STILL FILM at Site Gallery, Sheffield 4 & 5 March 2009
A selection of artist's films with a sculptural sensibility. The films share a fixed camera gaze, an inherent quality and lingering effect despite their simplicity. Including films by Matt Calderwood, Louise Camrass, Andrew Cross, Ryan Gander, William Hunt, Michael Nyman, Aura Satz, Richard Wilson.
Compilation selected by David Gryn, Artprojx.
Automamusic was screened as part of Museumsnacht, Museum for Music Automatons, Seewen, Switzerland, and Museum of Music, Basel
16-18 January 2009
Also as part of Museumsnacht the Automatic Ensemble will premiere at the Church of St. Leonhard (Basel) and the Museum for Music Automatons (Seewen)
Museum for Musikautomaten,
Sammlung Dr.h c. H. Weiss-Stauffacher
4206 Seewen, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 915 98 80
Fax +41 61 915 98 90
Automamusic was screened as part of Late at Tate Britain: Rehang
Artprojx Presents... STILL FILM
Friday 6 June 2008, 19.30
A selection of artist's films with a sculptural sensibility. The films share a fixed camera gaze, an inherent quality and lingering effect despite their simplicity. Including films by Matt Calderwood, Ryan Gander, Michael Nyman, Aura Satz, Richard Wilson. Compilation selected by David Gryn, Artprojx.
Tate Britain Auditorium
London (England) SW1P 4RG
tel +44 (0)20 7887 8000
fax +44 (0)20 7887 8008
Free, tickets available on the night, no bookings taken
Automamusic was screened with a talk by Aura Satz at the Photographer's Gallery
Wednesday 23rd January 2008 7pm
The Photographer's gallery
6-8 Newport Street
London WC2H 7HY
Free, booking recommended
Information Desk +44(0)20 7831 1772 ext 201