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AURA SAT

RECENT, ONGOING and FORTHCOMING EVENTS:


10 October 2011- 31 December 2014
'Oramics: Atlantis Anew' film on display at the Science Museum, London
http://www.iamanagram.com/oramics.php
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum_old/galleries/oramics/satz_video.aspx
An excerpt can be seen online on the Wire Magazine website: thewire.co.uk

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

22 September 2014
‘Transform: Lis Rhodes and Aura Satz’, Screenings and conversation at Tate Britain
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/film/transform-lis-rhodes-and-aura-satz

14 October 2014 -5 January 2015
‘Mirror City: London artists on fiction and reality’, Group exhibition at Hayward Gallery curated by Stephanie Rosenthal
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/mirrorcity-23-london-artists-86590

22 October- 21 November 2014
'Chromatic Aberration’, Solo show at the Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/art/events-exhibitions/chromatic-aberration

31 October 2014 – 11 January 2015
'They Used to Call it the Moon', Baltic, group exhibition curated by Alessandro Vincintelli
https://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/exhibitions/detail/they-used-to-call-it-the-moon

15 Nov 2014 - 9 January 2015
‘Dial Tone Drone’, New sound Commission for Telephone, outside Royal Academy London, featuring Pauline Oliveros and Laurie Spiegel
http://measure.org.uk/exhibitions/telephone/

15th Nov - Launch performance with Elaine Mitchener and Jennifer Walshe at Hayward Gallery
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/mirrorcity-23-london-artists-86590

24 January – 26 April 2015
‘Eyelids Leaking Light', Solo show at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York
http://www.eastmanhouse.org/exhibitions/upcoming.php

24 September - 14 October 2015
'Onomatopoeic Alphabet' screening as part of Performance, Architecture, Materials, Sweden curated by Marianne Mulvey
http://www.videogud.se/innehall/24-september-14-oktober-aura-satz/

7-18 October 2015
'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of FNC Lab Competition at the 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada
http://www.nouveaucinema.ca/en/films/chromatic-aberration

16 October 2015
'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the 59th BFI London Film Festival BFI Southbank, NFT3, London
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/LFF/Online/default.aspBOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=stuffoffilm

27 October - 1 November 2015
'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the Fascinations Competition at the 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech Republic
http://www.dokument-festival.com/

12-17 November 2015
'Chromatic Aberration' Screening as part of the International Competition at the 17th International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
http://www.iffbratislava.com/

3 December 2015 – 23 January 2016
'The Trembling Line', Solo show at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
http://www.hansardgallery.org.uk/event-detail/199-aura-satz-the-trembling-line/

16 January – 20 March 2016
'Her Marks, a Measure', Solo Show at Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
http://www.dallascontemporary.org/

27 Jan- 7 Feb
'Between the Bullet and the Hole’, European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
https://iffr.com/en/2016/films/between-the-bullet-and-the-hole

18 Feb 2016
UK premiere of ‘Between the Bullet and the Hole’, alongside other films at Whitechapel Gallery, London
Followed by discussion with Morgan Quaintance and David Alan Grier
http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/aura-satz-bullet-hole/

18 March - 6 June 2016
'The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed,' The Sydney Biennale, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal
https://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/20bos/artists/satz-aura/

26 June 2016
Premiere of short film about Laurie Spiegel as part of 'Deep Minimalism' festival curated by Oliver Coates, Southbank Centre
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/deep

1 October 2016
'Her Marks, a Measure' solo show at Fridman Gallery, New York
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

3 October 2016
Screening of ‘In and Out of Synch’ Flaherty NYC, curated by Genevieve Yue and Chris Stults, Anthology Film Archives, New York
http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/calendar?view=list&month=10&year=2016#showing-46368
http://flahertyseminar.org/flaherty-nyc/flaherty-fall-2016/

5-28 October 2016
'Eyelids Leaking Light', Solo show at Clifford Gallery and artist's talk at Hamilton NY
http://merz.colgate.edu/index.html

21-31 July 2016
'Between the Bullet and the Hole' shortlisted for the EUROPEAN SHORTS Competition, New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
http://www.nowehoryzonty.pl/film.do?id=8613&ind=rodzajTytulu%3d3%26edycjaFest%3d16%26typOpisu%3d0%26typ%3daz%26page%3d1

5-16 October 2016
'Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken' shortlisted for Nouvaux Alchemistes, 45th Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
http://www.nouveaucinema.ca/en/films/little-doorways-to-paths-not-yet-taken

9 October 2016
'Between the Bullet and the Hole' screening as part of Experimenta, London Film Festival, BFI
https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=reinterpretationsofform

28-29 October
'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
http://keplers-trial.com/

2 November 2016
'Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken screening at the Showroom, London
http://www.theshowroom.org/events/colloquium-sound-art-music-book-launch-performance-and-screening

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

13 April - 27 August 2017
'As Above, So below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics', group exhibition at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art), Dublin
http://www.imma.ie/en/page_237202.htm

29 May 2017 - 11 March 2018
'Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future', group exhibition at NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo
http://www.ntticc.or.jp/en/exhibitions/2017/open-space-2017-re-envisioning-the-future/
http://www.ntticc.or.jp/en/archive/participants/aura-satz/

29 September 2017 - 14 January 2018
'STARS', Group exhibition at Lentos Museum, Linz
http://www.lentos.at/html/en/4130.aspx

12–15 Oct 2017
'Field Studies 2017: Listening after Pauline Oliveros’, Leeds, various venues
http://www.field-studies.org/

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
https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/KkM6yGv4/kepler-s-trial
http://keplers-trial.com/

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
https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/events/2017/11/the-institute-of-signals-and-noise-and-the-wail-that-was-warning-aura-satz-and-david-toop

24 Jan - 4 Feb 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam,
https://iffr.com/en/2018/films/entangled-nightvisions

28-29 April 2018
Binaural version of 'The Trembling Line' installed as part of F(T) festival, hosted at Radialsystem V, Berlin
https://www.ftfestival.org/about
https://radialsystem.de/?lang=en

3-7 May 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' screening at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland
https://alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk/2018/investigations/

7-10 June 2018
'Entangled Nightvisions' screening at CROSSROADS, San Francisco Cinematheque and SFMOMA, San Francisco
http://www.sfcinematheque.org/screenings/crossroads-program-7/
https://www.sfmoma.org/event/program-7-edgeless-things-communicate/

20 - 22 July 2018, Opening on July 19 at 6pm
'The Surface of the Sun', Group show at Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallin
http://www.ekkm.ee/naitused/the-surface-of-the-sun/

29 Sep - 08 March 2019
'Mappe Sonore', Micol Assael, Christina Kubisch and Aura Satz, Three-person exhibition at KunstRaum Goethe-Institut, Rome
https://www.goethe.de/ins/it/it/sta/rom/ver/krg/map.html

8 Oct 2018 - 2 Jan 19
'Machines of Loving Grace', Nat Castañeda, Aura Satz and Erica Scourti, Three-person exhibition at High Line Art, New York
http://art.thehighline.org/project/machines-of-loving-grace/

3-14 October 2018 'Entangled Nightvisions' shortlisted for Les Nouveaux Alchimistes competition at Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), Montreal
http://www.nouveaucinema.ca/en/

7 Nov - 21 Dec 2018
'Listen, Recalibrate', Solo show at Fridman Gallery, New York
Exhibition catalogue with essays by Christoph Cox, David Crowley and Barbara London
https://www.fridmangallery.com/aura-satz
https://www.fridmangallery.com/listen-recalibrate

3 Nov 2018
In conversation with Christoph Cox at the Kitchen, NY, now online via Artforum
https://www.artforum.com/video/christoph-cox-on-sonic-flux-sound-art-and-metaphysics-at-the-kitchen-november-3-2018-77736

9 Nov 2018
Performance as part of 'Nature as Data' exhibition, Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai
http://videoclub.org.uk/nature-as-data/

18 - 26 January 2019 'Preemptive Listening' shown as part of the Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah
http://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/programme/sharjah-film-platform

24 Jan - 3 Feb 2019
'Blackout', group exhibition at Kunsthal Rotterdam (touring to Ambika P3, London; GreyLight Projects, Brussels)
https://www.kunsthal.nl/en/plan-your-visit/exhibitions/IFFR-Blackout/
https://iffr.com/en/blog/blackout-illuminates-forgotten-histories

Wed 23 Jan 2019
Slow Looking at Art, broadcast on BBC radio 3s 'Free Thinking' Ways of
Seeing with artists Michael Craig-Martin & Aura Satz, scientist Daniel Glaser and art writer Kelly Grovier.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00023jf

8th March 2019
To coincide with International Women's day, Jo Hutton and Louise Gray are
joined by Fari Bradley, Aura Satz and Beatriz Ferreyra discussing women’s
place in the history of electroacoustic music, Resonance FM
https://www.resonancefm.com/schedule/2019-03-08

27th March 2019
Artist's film screening followed by talk at Kask cinema, Ghent
https://www.kaskcinema.be/kaskcinema/vertoning/aura_satz

1-31st May 2019
'Dial Tone Drone', solo show at Auditorium Roma - Sound Corner, presented by Valentina Ravaglia
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
https://www.auditorium.com/evento/aura_satz-20625.html

22nd May 2019, 6pm
'Siren Voices with Aura Satz : Rewiring Memories of Technology', in conversation with Marina Warner
Birkbeck Artsweek
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/siren-voices-with-aura-satz-rewiring-memories-of-technology-tickets-59047757432

6 June – 26 August 2019
‘Dark Matter: 95% of the Universe is Missing’, group show, Science Gallery, London
https://london.sciencegallery.com/news/2019-seasons-announced
https://london.sciencegallery.com/seasons/dark-matter/exhibition/tuning-interference-dark-matter-radio

7–9 June 'Crossroads', San Francisco Cinematheque, SFMOMA, San Francisco
http://www.sfcinematheque.org/screenings/crossroads-2019-program-6/
https://sfmoma.org/event/program-6-our-minds-were-light-years-distant/

June -Sep 2019
'Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019', Group exhibition at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (with catalogue)
https://shop.rwa.org.uk/collections/events/products/fire-flashes-to-ashes-in-british-art-1692-2019

6 July
'Telling Invents Told' in conversation with Lis Rhodes, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
https://nottinghamcontemporary.org/whats-on/lis-rhodes-dissident-lines/

23-25 Aug Mini retrospective screening at Jupiter Rising at JupiterArtland, Scotland
http://www.jupiterrising.art/

19-22 Sep 'Preemptive Listening' Exhibition and artist talk, Berwick Film and Media festival, Berwick upon tweed
https://www.bfmaf.org/programme/2019/specialevents/aura-satz

9-20 Oct 'Preemptive Listening' shortlisted for Nouveaux Alchemistes prize, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
https://nouveaucinema.ca/fr/films/preemptive-listening-part-1-the-fork-in-the-road

8 Nov 'Unexpected Views' at National Gallery, London
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events/unexpected-views

3-9 Dec 'Preemptive Listening' shortlisted for Alteraciones prize, 31º Aguilar Film Festival, Palencia
https://www.aguilarfilmfestival.es/cortometraje/preemptive-listening-part-1-the-fork-in-the-road/

7 Dec 'Resonant Frequencies' performance at Goldsmiths, organised by David Roberts Art Foundation, London
http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/exhibition/draf-x-goldsmiths-resonant-frequencies-summit-7-dec-2019-at-draf-london/

22 Jan-3 Feb 2020 'Making a Diagonal with Music', world premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam
https://iffr.com/en/2020/films/making-a-diagonal-with-music

5-19 Feb 2020 'Making a Diagonal with Music', US premiere at Doc Fortnight at MoMA, NY
https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/5193
https://press.moma.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Doc-Fortnight-2020-Screening-Schedule-and-Descriptions.pdf

4 May - 21 June 2020, 'All at Once' online group show curated by Regine Basha, Fridman Gallery, NY
https://9e6a243e-2eff-4765-a8af-7648f8204c6f.filesusr.com/ugd/710937_ef75ab4652a8427daf34b12922cf2bd7.pdf
https://www.fridmangallery.com/all-at-once

13-18 May 2020 'Making a Diagonal with Music' shortlisted for competition at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen
https://www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/festival/competition-selection/

31 May 2020 'Instructions for Living a Life' Podcast for Block Universe by Sarah Shin & M.J. Harding w/ Claire-Louise Bennett, Field Recordings, Bhanu Kapil, Nisha
Ramayya, Tabita Rezaire, Himali Singh Soin, and Aura Satz.
http://blockuniverse.co.uk/performance-by-sarah-shin/
https://soundcloud.com/block-universe-festival/instructions-for-living-a-life

26 June - 2020 'Art in the Age of Anxiety', group show at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, curated by Omar Kholeif
http://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/exhibitions/art-in-the-age-of-anxiety
http://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/projects/wail-that-was-warning-2018

10 July -1 August 2020 'Euphonia', online group show curated by Diana Policarpo, Hangar, Lisbon.
https://hangar.com.pt/online/euphonia/

14 July 2020 DRAF (David Roberts Arts Foundation) Podcast: Ned McDonell in conversation with Anne Hardy and Aura Satz
http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/
https://draf-broadcasts.simplecast.com/episodes/anne-hardy-and-aura-satz

1-14 August 2020 'Making a Diagonal with Music' shortlisted for EX-now competition, EXis Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul
https://ex-is.org/exnow/-making-a-diagonal-with-music-aura-satz

11 August - 25 October 2020 'INVISIBLE' exhibition touring to Science Gallery Dublin
https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/news/2020/invisiblesciencegallerydublin130320310520

19-25 August 2020 'Preemptive Listening' screening at MIEFF (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival), Garage, Moscow
https://mieff.com/events/liberation
https://mieff.com/events/jKQhXNUoR

25 August - 8 Sep 2020 'Making a Diagonal with Music' shortlisted for Indiemusic competition, IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Lisbon
https://indielisboa.com/en/edicao-2020-en/sections/indiemusic/
https://indielisboa.com/en/movies/hacer-una-diagonal-con-la-musica/

11 Sep 2020, online premiere of 'Tone Transmissions, 2020, telephone sound composition with Eliane Radigue, Julia Eckhardt and Rhodri Davies, featured on the Science Museum website as part of 'The Exchange' an online exhibition
https://crossedlines.co.uk/tone-transmissions/ https://blog.sciencemuseum.org.uk/the-exchange/

22-25 October 2020, 'Making a Diagonal with Music' screening as part of She Makes Noise festival, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
https://shemakesnoisefestival.tumblr.com/

25 November 2020 Sound Art: A Conversation with Aura Satz, at CRASSH, Cambridge University
http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/gallery/video/sound-art-a-conversation

17-30 Dec 2020 In Process online screening of works by (((arc))) and Sophia Wang / Paul DeMarinis / Aura Satz, curated by Tanya Zimbardo and Diego Villalobos
https://inprocessprojects.com/?fbclid=IwAR2-KETm9DAsqh5KtlA4Yj3y_uF079WvCsZANvy4pPvUaaH0epqSwFaLO94

24 Feb - 1 March 2021 Visiting artist in residence, School of Arts Institute of Chicago, including artist talks and film screenings
http://www.saic.edu/cate

21 April - 2 May 2021 'Preemptive Listening' as part of CPH: Forum, Copenhagen
https://en.cphdox.dk/nyhed/cph-forum-projects-2021-revealed

9th June - 24 July 2021 (and touring into 2024) 'Seeing Sound' ICI group show curated by Barbara London, Kadist San Francisco
7th April Artist talk in conversation with Barbara London
http://curatorsintl.org/exhibitions/seeing-sound
https://kadist.org/program/online-event-consider-the-drone-barbara-london-and-aura-satz-in-conversation/

https://kadist.org/program/seeing-sound-curated-by-barbara-london/

1st June 2021 Online sound commission for 'Sonic Continuum' with music by Evelyn Glennie, Nottingham Contemporary
https://thecontemporaryjournal.org/strands/sonic-continuum/the-listening-cobweb
https://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/whats-on/sonic-continuum-expanded-listening/

2nd July 2021 Interview with Luke Fowler for EIP (Everything is Permitted), Clyde Built Radio
https://soundcloud.com/clydebuiltradio/sets/cbr-2-7-21

10 July 2021, 'The Grief Interval', new commission with music by Sarah Davachi for Abandon Normal Devices/AND Festival commission, Liverpool
https://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/the-grief-interval/

9 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 'FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer', group show at the Drawing Room, London
https://drawingroom.org.uk/exhibitions/figure-s-drawing-after-bellmer

15 Sep - 28 Nov 2021 'Aboard my floating house' 10e Triennale d’art contemporain, le Centre culturel d’Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
http://www.ohlesbeauxjours.be/

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:
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
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
'Listen, Recalibrate' review in Art Agenda
'Listen, Recalibrate review in Artforum




Aura Satz: She Recalibrates

She Recalibrates

A series of lenticular drawings

 

hands electronic music

Aura Satz, 'She Recalibrates' (Elieane Radigue), pencil on black paper, framed with lenticular magnifying sheet, 2018. Photo by Thierry Bal

'She Recalibrates'

'She Recalibrates' (2018) are a series of drawings of hands of women who contributed to the development of electronic music, including Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel, Eliane Radigue, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Maryanne Amacher, Suzanne Ciani, Wendy Carlos, Beatriz Ferreyra and more. The hand on the frequency dial of an electronic synth is interpreted as a radical gesture of feminist instantiation, inventing new soundscapes, and, in turn, new ways of listening. The dial becomes an emblem for recalibration, an indicator of the micro-perceptual act of sound-making and fine-tuned listening. Drawn in pencil on black paper, the drawings are framed with lenticular lenses, generating a diffractive pattern emanating from the dial. The drawings create optical reflections much like those found on a CD or vinyl record, interfering with the image whilst appearing to generate a rotating beam of light from the centre that adjusts to the movement of the viewer. The drawings rely on archival images primarily from the 1960s -1980s, where the composer is shown in a state of acute concentration, hand on the dial or control button, changing the parameter ever so slightly, fine-tuning the sound in a listening feedback loop. For the most part, these sonic interfaces were tentatively held together as modular synthesizers, various hybrid components feeding into one another, modulating or interfering with one another, in such a way as to suggest an unstable musical instrument, one that can be harnessed by a slow, intense and profound act of attunement.

Framed by Simon Quinn at Framejunkie. Photos by Thierry Bal.

 

7 Nov - 21 Dec 2018
'Listen, Recalibrate', Solo show at Fridman Gallery, New York

Exhibition catalogue with essays by Christoph Cox, David Crowley, Barbara London, and Aura Satz in conversation with David Toop.
https://www.fridmangallery.com/aura-satz
https://www.fridmangallery.com/listen-recalibrate

 

10 September - 31 October 2021

'FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer', group show at The Drawing Room, London

FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer explores the body as a site of oppression, liberation and troubling pleasures through the work of modern and contemporary artists. It takes as its starting point the radical and transgressive drawings of Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), whose work simultaneously mimicked and resisted the dehumanisation performed by fascism and racism. His drawings have had a powerful influence, sometimes subterranean, on many artists across the world in both high and popular culture, from French Surrealism to Japanese manga. Recently there has been an upsurge of interest in his work, especially the drawings, by younger contemporary artists.

The exhibition explores Bellmer's lasting influence on artists and thinkers through work by twenty modern and contemporary artists from Japan, UK, Lebanon, Nigeria, Germany, France and US. It includes carefully selected drawings made by Bellmer in the 1940s to 60s, by his partner Unica Zurn in the 1960s, by Richard Hamilton in the 1950s and by the Lebanese artist Huguette Caland in the 1970s.These modern works are combined with contemporary approaches that relate to feminism, gender fluidity and anti-racism, including new commissions by Mathew Hale, Rebecca Jagoe, Aura Satz and Marianna Simnett. Bellmer's influence in Japan is represented by the work of Fuyuko Matsui, Kumi Machida and Tabaimo and the exhibition also includes Paul Chan, Neil Gall, Sharon Kivland, Jade Montserrat, Jean-Luc Moulene, John Murphy, Paul Noble, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Chloe Piene.

Bellmer grew up with the rise of National Socialism in Germany, with its antagonism towards 'degenerate' bodies and celebration of the ideal human form. Through the production of hundreds of drawings and the two dolls he constructed in the early 1930s and photographed in disturbing and scandalous scenarios, Bellmer defigured and refigured the body in pursuit of unimagined sensations. He likened the body to a sentence that can be dismantled and recomposed, an interest shared with Unica Zurn, the artist, poet and writer who had a relationship with Bellmer from 1953 until her premature death in 1970. For drawings 'after' Bellmer, the phallocentric focus of his enquiry is superseded by approaches that challenge and split the subject to embrace multiplicity and creaturely freedom. Bellmer wrote: 'If the origin of my work is scandalous it is because, for me, the world is a scandal'. His work has continued to scandalise and this exhibition takes a critical look at its content whilst acknowledging Bellmer's innovative production of ambiguous and disturbing images that have renewed significance today in their exploration of androgyny and confusion of the real and the virtual.

A programme of talks, panel discussions and performances will enrich and expand discourse and research around the issues raised by the exhibition.

ON FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer is a book published by MA BIBLIOTHEQUE as a companion to the exhibition. It gathers responses to its themes and is a way to think through and with works of art and their histories involving multiple textual forms, collage, and drawing, which take the radical and transgressive energy of Bellmer and Zurn in unexpected directions. Edited by Kate Macfarlane, Michael Newman, Sharon Kivland and Louis Mason, its 29 contributors include Paul Buck, Jade Montserrat, Bernard Noel, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Aura Satz and Sarah Wilson. FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer is curated by Michael Newman (Professor of Art Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Kate Macfarlane (Co-director, Drawing Room). An art historian and critic, Newman has written extensively on contemporary art, and has a long-standing interest in drawing, with numerous publications, including 'The Traces and Marks of Drawing' in The Stage of Drawing: Gesture and Act (Tate Publishing and The Drawing Center, 2003). He has been researching Bellmer for six years and teaching his work in relation to contemporary art.

https://drawingroom.org.uk/exhibitions/figure-s-drawing-after-bellmer

https://mabibliotheque.cargo.site/ON-FIGURE-S-2021

 

hands, electronic music

Aura Satz, 'She Recalibrates' (Pauline Oliveros), pencil on black paper, framed with lenticular magnifying sheet, 2018. Photo by Thierry Bal

Aura Satz, 'She Recalibrates' (Tara Rodgers, close-up), pencil on black paper, framed with lenticular magnifying sheet, 2018. Photo by Thierry Bal