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/
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
'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/
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
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
Originally performed at the final stages of Aura Satz's pregnancy in 2003, 'Ventriloqua' is a video-performance of a one-off event in which the musician Anna Piva played the electromagnetic waves of her belly using a theremin. A truly literal ventriloquist act of 'belly-speaking', the artist was transformed into a musical instrument, an antenna, a medium, through which an otherworldly voice was transmitted. Like an immobile tableaux vivant or an anatomical wax model, the body became a vessel, a mouthpiece through which the disembodied voice appeared re-embodied. One body placed within another body, speaking and spoken through, producing abstract musical utterances which might predict the future, although destined to remain in an amniotic amnesia.
4 March 2004
Screening performance at FACT (Centre for Film, Art & Creative Technology) as part of A Variety Night of Ventriloquism
With performances and talks by Ken Campbell, Andrew Hubbard, Aura Satz and Lindsay Seers.
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Stills and the accompanying text of ‘Ventriloqua’ as performed at FACT (Centre for Film, Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool (2004) feature as artist’s pages and the cover image of Performance Research, (9.3. On Generation), and was included in the touring feature film DRIFT (see below).
Screened as part of DRIFT Various UK artists, 2004-2005, Duration: 90 min
Curated by Iliyana Nedkova, Initiated and produced by New Media Scotland
Premiered as part of Black Box strand of the 58th Edinburgh International Film Festival (2004), and launch of a DRIFT booklet with programmes notes and essays by Iliyana Nedkova and Shane Danielsen, Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival. From September 2004 touring across the UK and internationally.
Screenings include British Council, Belgrade, Serbia; The Museum of Voivodina as part of 8thVideomedeja Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia; An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye (2004-5).
A hand-picked collection of short digital films and videos by UK artists and film-makers interested in sound art, noise, acoustics and experimental music. Over 90 minutes featuring 18 films revealing the cinematic relationship of sound and image. DRIFT features artists' films and videos by Victoria Clare Bernie, Chris Bowman, Rob Kennedy, Kelly Richardson, Holger Mohaupt, Susanne Ramsenthaler, Aura Satz, Paddy Kernohan, Richard Ashrowan, Alexander Hamilton, Shannon Tofts, Simon Tricker, Peter Collis, Emily Richardson, Susan Black, Ian Helliwell, John Butler, Jayne Parker, John Carson and Michelle Deignan.
Part of DRIFT – a project established by New Media Scotland in 1999 as an ongoing exploration of sound art and experimental music, including radio broadcasts, moving image, publications and occasional live events. More information about DRIFT at www.mediascot.org/drift.
Initiated and produced by New Media Scotland, Edinburgh. Supported by the LUX, London and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Funded by the Scottish Arts Council and Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.
10 September 2005 INTRASONIC was awarded the Special Prize at the First International Prize for Performance
Jury: Marina Abramovic (performance artist), Sabine Folie (curator of the Kunsthalle, Vienna), Renato Barilli (art critic and lecturer), Andrea Lissoni (Xing Gallery, Milan), Fabio Cavallucci (Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Trento) and Barbara Boninsegna (Centrale di Fies, Dro).
Intrasonic folds inwards into the body's intra-uterine space by employing a theremin, and expands outwards, as the body extricates itself from the coffin-like cavity of a grand piano.
Part 1: A musician plays the electromagnetic waves of a pregnant body using a theremin. Referencing ventriloquism, as in 'belly-speaking', the body becomes a musical instrument, an antenna, a medium, through which a pre-verbal, pre-vocal otherworldly voice is transmitted. (See above for an earlier incarnation of this project, entitled 'Ventriloqua').
Part 2: A performer unplucks himself free from the entangled web of the chords of a grand piano, like a frantic Houdini. The eviscerated piano is vandalised to become a labyrinthine mess of impossible sounds. The choreography and music collapse into one single act of escapology.
27 January 2012 'Ventriloqua' Performancewith Lydia Kavina
BFI Southbank Gallery, presented as part of the Samsung Art+ prize exhibition (18-29 January)
A re-staging of Aura Satz's 'Ventriloqua' performance playing the electromagnetic waves of a pregnant body, in a fiery duet with thereminist extraordinaire Lydia Kavina. Referencing ventriloquism, as in 'belly-speaking', the body becomes a musical instrument, an antenna, a medium, through which a pre-verbal, pre-vocal otherworldly voice is transmitted. Lydia Kavina creates spectacular blazing flame-waves, using the music of the theremin to provoke the flame alphabet of a Ruben's tube. Meanwhile, acoustic shapes speak an un-codified language, using salt sound-figures on a Chladni plate.
Lydia Kavina: Born in Moscow, Lydia began studying the theremin at the age of 9 under the direction of Leon Theremin, who was cousin of her grandfather. Five years later she was ready to give her first theremin concert, which marked the beginning of her musical career that has so far led to more than a thousand concerts and theatre, radio and television performances throughout the world. Kavina recorded 3 solo CDs with original music for theremin and played for a number of film soundtracks including 'Ed Wood' and 'eXistenZ' with music by Howard Shore and 'The Machinist' by Roque Banos.
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2 May 2012
'Ventriloqua' Performance with Dorit Chrysler, at Cabinet, NY
A re-staging of 'Ventriloqua', Aura Satz plays the electromagnetic waves of a pregnant body, in a fiery duet with thereminist extraordinaire Dorit Chrysler. Referencing ventriloquism, as in 'belly-speaking', the pregnant body becomes a musical instrument, an antenna, a medium, through which a pre-verbal, pre-vocal otherworldly voice is transmitted. Dorit Chrysler creates spectacular blazing flame-waves, using the music of the theremin to provoke the flame alphabet of a Ruben's tube. Meanwhile, acoustic shapes speak an un-codified language, using salt sound-figures on a Chladni plate.
Austrian-born thereminist Dorit Chrysler is hailed as one of the world's most accomplished theremin players. Dorit Chrysler is also the founder of the New York Theremin Society. She has performed at the Lincoln Center, Vienna Konzerthaus, World Trade Center, Palais Tokyo, the Sibelius Academy, the LA Disney Hall and the Moderne Kunstmuseet in Stockholm, and collaborated with Anders Trentemoeller, Elliot Sharp, Marilyn Manson, Lee Hazelwood, Cluster, Gibby Haynes, JG Thirlwell and Lene Lovich. She has scored for short movies and TV and her compositions for artist Jesper Just are part of permanent collections at the MOMA and the Guggenheim.