AURA SATZ

RECENT, ONGOING and FORTHCOMING EVENTS:

10 October 2011- 31 December 2013
'Oramics: Atlantis Anew' film on display at the Science Museum, London
http://www.iamanagram.com/oramics.php
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/oramics/satz_video.aspx
An excerpt can be seen online on the Wire Magazine website: thewire.co.uk

27 October 2012
"In and out of Synch" performance screening, Tate Oil Tanks, London as part of ‘Playing in the Shadows: Film Action’
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern-tanks-tate-modern/film-music-and-live-performance/aura-satz-and-out-synch

28th October 2012
Film screening at Wundergrund Festival
SNYK - Centre for contemporary, experimental music and sound art, Copenhagen
http://wundergrund.dk/kunstnere-3/radiofoniens-vidundere-daphne-oram-aura-satz-talk-ved-anne-hilde-neset-jonny-trunk/
http://www.snyk.dk/
http://www.wundergrund.dk

1 November 2012
"In and out of Synch", performance screening, Arnolfini, Bristol, as part of four day event showcasing exploratory practices in music, performance, visual art and cinema featuring Russell Haswell, Kevin Drumm, Thomas Ankersmit, Ben Russell, Tai Shani, Raime, Emptyset, Her Ghost: An Homage To Chris Marker’s La Jette by Kode9, MFO and Ms Haptic, Aura Satz’s And Out Of Synch, People Like US aka Vicki Bennett’s film The Zone and more. 26 October–3 November.
http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/films/details/1422

11 November 2012
"Universal Language: A Lost Manifesto" film performance  
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, as part of ‘The Voice and the Lens’, curated by Sam Belifante and Third Ear
http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/programme/current/event/695/autumn_almanac/

January 23 - February 3 2013
“Soundfigures” solo retrospective at Blaak 10, as part of the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam, curated by Edwin Carels
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/nl/iffr-2013/more-than-film/more-than-film-uitgelicht/
http://www.wdka.nl/en/Whats-on/News/newsitem/?article=1784

28 January 2013
“School of Sound,” at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam, with Michael Snow, Simon Field, Barry Esson, Caroline Martel and Aura Satz.
http://schoolofsound.co.uk/
http://pzwart.wdka.nl/pzi/2013/01/08/piet-zwart-institute-and-iffr-present-the-school-of-sound-rotterdam/

13 February 2013
Workshop at Camden Arts Centre, together with Steve Dorney, to coincide with exhibition “Film in Space: Group show selected by Guy Sherwin”
Participants in the workshop will include Steven Ball, Andy Birtwistle, Rob Mullender, Aura Satz, Jan Thoben, David Toop, and Duncan White.
http://www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/eve-gs-06

4 March 2013
Flights of Fancy
Turner Sims, University of Southhampton
Screening and performance of Tatton Park commissions
http://www.turnersims.co.uk/

22 March - 26 May 2013
“Impulsive Synchronization” solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery Project Space
Talk with Curator Stephanie Rosenthal on Sunday 24 March, 3.30-4.30pm
http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/hayward-gallery-and-visual-arts/tickets/aura-satz-1000344 

May 2013 and onwards
"Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing", exhibition and performances as part of Hayward Touring exhibition in association with Cabinet Magazine, curated by Brian Dillon,
Turner Contemporary (Margate), Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, de Appel (Amsterdam)
25 May – 15 September 2013
Turner Contemporary , Margate
28 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
touring to de Appel , Amsterdam June - August 2014
http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/hayward-gallery-and-visual-arts/hayward-touring/future/curiosity-art-and-the-pleasures-of-knowing
http://www.turnercontemporary.org/
http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/Current_and_Upcoming_Exhibitions/index.htm

June 2013
"In and Out of Synch" performance screening with live music by Maja Ratkje and Anton Lukoszevieze
Ny Musikk festival, Oslo
http://www.nymusikk.no
http://nymusikk.no/en/hva-skjer/only-connect-2013-machine-dreams

6 September – 20 Oct 2013
"Head to Head: Aura Satz and Nicola Ellis"
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk
http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/nicola-ellis-aura-satz/

3-6 October 2013
Screenings at the 51st New York Film Festival, "Views from the Avant-garde", curated by Mark McElhatten
Lincoln Centre, New York and Mini–Retrospective at Ampitheatre
http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013
http://www.filmlinc.com/press/entry/fslc-announces-complete-lineup-for-the-17th-edition-of-views-from-the-avant
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/program-i-aura-satz

1 November - 07 December 2013
‘Colour Opponent Process’
Solo exhibition
Paradise Row Gallery, London
http://www.paradiserow.com/

Friday 1st November, 7.30pm-11pm, Cafe OTO
‘Unconscious Archives’: Malcolm Le Grice, Aura Satz, Sally Golding, Gideon Vein, Guy Edmonds
http://unconscious-archives.org/UA11-Malcolm-Legrice-Guy-Edmonds-Aura-Satz
http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/programme.shtm

22 January-2 February 2014
43rd edition Rotterdam Film Festival
Screenings as part if the ‘Signals Regained’ programme
‘Post-Script’ group exhibition curated by Edwin Carels, Rotterdam
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/

15 February – 11 May 2014
BOOSTER –Art Sound Machine
Group show curated by Nik Nowak in conjunction with Marta Herford, Herford Germany
http://marta-herford.de/

14 March - 19 April 19 2014
‘Colour Opponent Process’
Solo show at Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada
To coincide with screening at the Images Festival, Toronto 10-19th April 2014
http://www.gallery44.org/
http://www.imagesfestival.com/about.php

14 March – 17 April 2014
‘Transcendence: A Suite’
Three-person show alongside Nell and Angelica Mesiti at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
http://www.gertrude.org.au/

14 March - 19 April 2014
‘Pre owned: Looks Good Man’
Group show curated by Morgan Quaintance,
Cell Project Space, London
http://www.cellprojects.org/shows-present

RISK Cinema
Screening alongside Jerome Hiler and John Smith,
The Harn Museum, Florida
http://www.harn.ufl.edu/

‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’
Hayward Touring exhibition in association with Cabinet Magazine, curated by Brian Dillon
The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, 25 January  – 26 April 2014
De Appel, Amsterdam 27 June – 14 September 2014
http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/hayward-gallery-and-visual-arts/hayward-touring/future/curiosity-art-and-the-pleasures-of-knowing

Reproductions of artworks in Marina Warner’s forthcoming book
THE SYMBOL GIVES RISE TO THE THOUGHT: WRITINGS ON ART BY MARINA WARNER, VOL.1
Violette Editions
http://www.violetteeditions.com/books/index.php?route=product/product&path=60&product_id=59

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

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

AURA SATZ: SOUND SEAM

SOUND SEAM

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Sound Seam, film still by Aura Satz, 2010

'Sound Seam' is a film which gives voice to the idea that every surface, in particular parts of our anatomy, is potentially inscribed with an unheard sound or echoes of voices from the past. The soundtrack’s musical composition is interlaced with a voice-over which draws on Rainer Maria Rilke’s text 'Primal Sound', where he reflects on the possibility of playing the coronal suture of a skull with a phonograph needle. The overlapping voices of the narratives tell a forensic love story of yearning, encryption, inscription, decoding, memory and erasure. The film uses microscopic photography, scanning electron microscopy, and sounds of otoacoustic emissions to uncover haunting aural bonescapes. The voiceovers too are recorded using old sound technology as a filter - writing and over-writing of wax cylinder to create unexpected scratches, glitches, loops and echoes. The music is composed and recorded onto wax cylinder and acetate discs by composer and phonographer Aleks Kolkowski.

During 2009-2010 Aura was artist-in-residence at UCL's Ear Institute, where she undertook research into hearing anatomy and shot most of the microscopic footage, including a golden cochlea, an ear drum and inner ear hair cells. The horn sequences of the film were shot at the Museum for Music Automatons in Seewen (Switzerland), during their temporary exhibition "When Sound Still Came from the Horn". All close-ups of acetate discs and wax cylinder sound grooves are from the private collection of Aleks Kolkowski.

 

Written, directed, filmed and edited by Aura Satz
Music and sound recordings onto wax cylinder and acetate discs made by Aleks Kolkowski
Voiceovers by Aleks Kolkowski and Aura Satz
Otoacoustic emission recordings provided by Prof. David Kemp and recorded onto wax cylinder.

Aura would like to thank all staff at the Ear institute, in particular David McAlpine, David Kemp, Andy Forge, Dan Jagger, Ruth Taylor, Jonathan Ashmore, Torsten Marquardt, Kate Lay, Neil Roberts and Bradford Backus. Special thanks also to Christoph E. Hanggi at the Museum for Music Automatons.
Aura would also like to thank Shira Hess, David Edelsztein and of course Leila for their patience and support throughout.

Shellac Grooves Acetate Swarf
Microscopic view of Shellac Grooves & Microscopic view of Acetate Swarf
Stereocilia Sound Inscriptions
Stereocilia & Sound Inscriptions

Sound Seam exhibitions:


Transcendence: A Suite
Three-person show alongside Nell and Angelica Mesiti at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne
14 March – 17 April 2014

Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Melbourne VIC 3065
Australia

http://www.gertrude.org.au/

 

'Soundfigures'
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 Netherlands

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/nl/iffr-2013/more-than-film/more-than-film-uitgelicht/ http://www.wdka.nl/en/Whats-on/News/newsitem/?article=1784


Solo exhibition Sound Seam
Wellcome Collection
9 December 2010 - 16 January 2011
Open Tue, Wed, Fri, Saturday 10am-6pm; Thurs 10am-10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm

A small publication with contributions from cultural historian Steven Connor and novelist Tom McCarthy will be available during the exhibition.

Wellcome Collection
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
Tel: 020 7611 8888
www.wellcomecollection.org

 

Sound Seam exhibition premiere at AV FESTIVAL 10:
Aura Satz in collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski
5 - 14 March 2010

Sound Seam premiered at the AV festival in Newcastle in March 2010 as a complex filmic sound installation in collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski, featuring 20 original phonograph and gramophone horns, a number of hearing trumpets and an 8ft auxetophone horn on loan from the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

The film, film installation and publication were funded by the Wellcome Trust.

A preview and interview feature on the Animate projects website for the Moving Image, Engine.

Documentation of the installation at the AV festival can be seen on The Wire website.

 

AV FESTIVAL 10: Energy presents the world premiere of Sound Seam, an atmospheric film installation by artist Aura Satz in collaboration with musician Aleks Kolkowski.

The installation explores sound inscription, encryption, decoding and the material quality of memory. It draws on the German poet Rilke's 1919 text Primal Sound in which he proposes that the groove-like line of a skull (the coronal suture) could be played with a gramophone needle. The mesmeric film uses microscopic close-ups of gramophone grooves, wax and acetate shavings, phonograph cylinder recording and erasing technology, as well as footage of the anatomy of the ear, where inner ear hair cells have been animated to look like a sound groove, and a gold-plated cochlea spirals like a shellac disc. The musical soundtrack is derived from the analysis of sounds made by playing a gramophone needle across a skull and from otoacoustic sounds emitted by the ear. Every one of the hundred-odd recordings used has been individually cut onto a wax cylinder or disc record, some even over-written so as to create unexpected surface noises, scratches, glitches, loops and echoes. You are invited to listen to a magnificent array of original phonograph, gramophone horns and ear trumpets and piece together the various strands of this intriguing 'forensic love story' voice-over which draws on Rilke's text.

Guided Exhibition Tour of Great North Museum: Hancock and Hatton Gallery, Saturday 6 March, 2.30-3.30pm. Tour starts with Sound Seam.

Interview on the opening night at the AV fetival.

Exhibition produced by AV Festival 10 in partnership with Great North Museum: Hancock. Funded by The Wellcome Trust and produced during an Artist Residency at the Ear Institute, UCL, London. Sound design produced with support from the AHRC.

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA
www.avfestival.co.uk

 

Production Stills:

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Sound Seam screenings:


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

http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/program-i-aura-satz
http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013
http://www.filmlinc.com/press/entry/fslc-announces-complete-lineup-for-the-17th-edition-of-views-from-the-avant

 

Pop-up Cinema at Christie’s South Kensington
with screenings of films by Aura Satz. Part of Supersonix Symposium, Exhibition Road, London
21-23 June 2012
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd: 11am to 6pm; and Saturday 23rd 11am to 1pm

Plus
23rd June 2.45-4.45pm: A screening of an additional selection of films curated by Aura Satz, including films by Manon de Boer, Jayne Parker and Luke Fowler

85 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LD
http://www.exhibitionroad.com/7416/pop-up-cinema-at-christies-south-kensington-aura-satz

'Sound Seam' screened as part of a selection of artist's films curated by the Wellcome Collection
Artprojx Cinema at the SVA Theatre, New York
in association with The Armory Show & VOLTA NY
1-6 March 2011

Screenings of artists' films & videos
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street between 8th & 9th Avenues
New York
www.svatheatre.com
www.artprojx.com

 

Radio interview on 'Sound Seam' by Tim Dee as part of the programme '78 Revolutions'
BBC Radio4 5th May 2011 11:30-12:00

www.bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010t6pb