'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 http://www.dokument-festival.com/
'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the International Competition at the 17th International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
12-17 November 2015 http://www.iffbratislava.com/
'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) http://www.fridmangallery.com/aura-satz
'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 http://keplers-trial.com/
Onomatopoeic Alphabet is short film centred around a Chladni Plate, a scientific instrument invented by Ernst Chladni, the 'father of acoustics', to visualise sound vibrations. The film explores nodal figures, sound patterns and symmetry, and uses a sine wave generator as a musical instrument. Each sound effectively produces a moving image and inspires the viewer to read the abstract imagery as not only a sound wave, notation or graphic score, but as a true representation of what is being heard. Much like an unknown hieroglyphic code, graphic shorthand or Rorschach inkblots, the images provoke unexpected associations concerning the shape of sound and the graphic systems of language and communication. The film looks like a musical score of sorts, as well as a bizarre ever-changing alphabet that morphs like an organic living being in response to the changing audio-visuals. The film engages in a reflexive and reversible relationship between image and sound, cause and effect, the indexical trace and the symbolic code. The graphic sequences evoke utopian ideas around the possibility of universal language, a system of signs decipherable by all.
Screened at the 51st New York Film Festival
'Views from the Avant-garde', curated by Mark McElhatten
3rd-7th October 2013
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-6595
Onomatopoeic Alphabet was included in the group exhibition
'The Sight of Sound'
Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge, Frieze Art Fair
4–7 May 2012, performance on the 5th May 2pm
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.
John Cage Group exhibition including John Cage, Christian Marclay, Jorge Macchi, Jenny C. Jones, David Ellis and Aura Satz. 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.
ONOMATOPOEIC ALPHABET and AEIOU were originally commissioned by VIVID and were shown as part of the exhibition 'LANGUAGE'
2-18 Dec 2010
An international selection of moving image, exhibition, discussion and print which explored the constructs of language and meaning from far reaching cultural perspectives. The exhibition spanned film which reflected the post-Structuralist theories of the 1970s to documented actions and contemporary works newly commissioned by VIVID. In response to a subject of such historical depth the exhibition incorporated a range of approaches from Iranian artist Barbad Golshiri's direct and political challenge to the language of spiritual authority to Gary Hill's stretching out of the possibilities for image as language and the physicality of sound. Artists included: John Adams, William Burroughs, Barbad Golshiri, Gary Hill, Valerie Mrejen, Aura Satz, Guy Sherwin, Margaret Tait, and Olivier Zabat.
A screening and events programme ran throughout, including screenings from Video Data Bank's John Smith Anthology, Valerie Mrejen, Pork and Milk (2004), Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Speaking in Tongues (2009) and Samuel Beckett, Not I (1975).
VIVID also commissioned a performance by artist Aura Satz on the 17th Dec 2010; using a Chladni plate, some tuning forks, and other such contraptions, Satz performed an annotated, illustrated, fragmented talk on sound, its visualisation, and the utopian belief in a universal alphabet.
Alongside the film Onomatopoeic Alphabet, Aura Satz presents AEIOU, a small multi-channel sound sculpture using hearing trumpets, and featuring voice artist Mikhail Karikis. Inspired by research indicating that each vowel corresponds to an instrinsic pitch, each trumpet emits a differente vowel sound, creating unusual overtones and beats.