AURA SATZ

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

9 Nov 2018
Performance at Jing'an Sculpture Park, Shanghai

May- Sep 2019
‘95% of the Universe is Missing’, group show, Science Gallery, London
https://london.sciencegallery.com/

June -Sep 2019
'Fire', Group exhibition at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (with catalogue)
http://www.rwa.org.uk/

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
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

 




Aura Satz: ONOMATOPOEIC ALPHABET

ONOMATOPOEIC ALPHABET

ONOMATOPOEIC ALPHABET
Aura Satz, Film still, Onomatopoeic Alphabet, 2010

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.

Onomatopoeic Alphabet was written, directed, filmed, recorded and edited by Aura Satz

Sine wave music and voiceover by Aura Satz
Featuring voice artist Mikhail Karikis
Dubbing mix by Gernot Fuhrmann

Aura Satz would like to thanks Mikhail Karikis, Danielle Chin, Prokit, Chris Pierce, and Raf Gasak.

 

2-18 Dec 2010
ONOMATOPOEIC ALPHABET
and AEIOU were originally commissioned by VIVID and were shown as part of the exhibition '
LANGUAGE'

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.

VIVID
140 Heath Mill Lane
Birmingham B9 4AR
Tel: +44 (0) 121 766 7876
Fax: +44 (0) 871 251 0747
Email: info@vivid.org.uk
www.vivid.org.uk

Onomatopoeic Alphabet
Aura Satz, AEIOU Sketch, 2010


VIVID VIVID
Installation of 'AEIOU' and 'Onomatopoeic Alphabet' at VIVID, photo Oona Luras Wiggan

 

5 August - 3 September 2011
AEIOU was included in the group exhibition 'In Search of Alchemic Times', curated by Cecilia Wee

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.

Thursday - Saturday 12-6pm Wednesdays by appointment

235 Brompton Road
London SW3 2EP
email: cecilia@ceciliawee.com
email: info@insearchofalchemictimes.com
tel: 07527 640 419
www.insearchofalchemictimes.com

 

4–7 May 2012, performance on the 5th May 2pm
Onomatopoeic Alphabet
included in the group exhibition 'The Sight of Sound', Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge, Frieze Art Fair

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.
 

Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island, Manhattan
www.friezenewyork.com

 

23 January - 3 February 2013
'Soundfigures'
exhibition
Solo retrospective at Blaak 10, as part of the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam
curated by Edwin Carels

Spiral Sound Coil (2010) is an immersive psychoacoustic installation. Automamusic (2008) looks at self-playing instruments such as the pianola, wind-up music boxes and organs, filmed at the Museum of Music Automatons in Switzerland. Theremin (2010) is part of a series of videos characterised by their unusual sculptural relation to their performer. Sound Seam (2010) uses microscopic close-ups of gramophone grooves and the anatomy of the ear, while the accompanying music includes wax cylinder recordings and otoacoustic sounds emitted by the ear. Oramics (2011) is a homage to Daphne Oram, pioneer of British Electronic Music and creator of hand-wrought, drawn sound. Vocal Flame (2012) is a sound sculpture made using a Ruben's Tube, an acoustic device that visualises sound as a standing wave of small flames, with music by Steven Severin (of Siouxsie and the Banshees).

Blaak 10 Gallery
Witte de Withstraat 7
3012 BL Rotterdam
The Netherlands

https://iffr.com/en/2013/films/soundfigures
https://iffr.com/en/persons/aura-satz

 

Screenings:

 

3-7 October 2013
Screened at the 51st New York Film Festival, 'Views from the Avant-garde', curated by Mark McElhatten


Our popular yearly touchstone for experimental film returns with 45 programs in glorious Super-8, 16mm and 35mm film and HD formats. Many familiar faces have returned and this year's slate feature 45 new artists as well as several mini-retrospectives of artists including, Aura Satz, Lois Patino, Sandro Aguilar, and Jean-Paul Kelly. Views will also offer special tributes to the late Stom Sogo and Anne Robertson, whose work is a testimony to the power of a cinema that is fearless, confidential and inextinguishable. Curated by Mark McElhatten.

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

 

13 May 2015
'Soundfigures: Films by Aura Satz'
A selection of films by Aura Satz, DIM Cinema, Vancouver Cinametheque, programmed by Michele Smith

(Near) extinct technologies make sound visible in this program of shorts by London-based artist Aura Satz that delve into ideas of knowledge, memory, and communication. On a Chladni Plate, a device that marked the birth of acoustics, grains of sand, moving like Busby Berkeley dancers, form intricate patterns in response to changing sound frequencies, their shapes recalling the utopian quest for a 'pure,' onomatopoeic alphabet. Wax cylinder recordings combine with modern scientific instruments to animate a text by Rainer Maria Rilke on the possibility of hearing the dead by playing their skulls with a gramophone needle. A Ruben's Tube translates a histrionic voice-over into a standing wave of small flames, provoking unexpected associations, from the biblical burning bush to various acts of ventriloquism in pop culture. Breaking its long silence, the Oramics Machine plays hand-drawn compositions by its inventor, electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. Kaleidoscopic effects in the lamphouse of a 35mm film printer honour Natalie Kalmus, colour consultant on masterpieces of the Technicolor era. Chromatic distortions in early colour-film tests are revealed through the eyes of the George Eastman family and old Hollywood stars. In a dramatic finale, Satz and experimental filmmaker Lis Rhodes encode their voices as abstract light patterns on 16mm mono and 35mm stereo filmstrips in a collaborative exploration of sound-image synchronicity.

DIM Cinema
The Cinematheque
1131 Howe St.
Vancouver BC
Canada
http://www.dimcinema.ca/soundfigures-films-aura-satz

 

18 Feb 2016
'Between the Bullet and the Hole' (Plus Other Shorts) at Whitechapel Gallery, London

 

Aura Satz presents the UK premiere of 'Between the Bullet and the Hole', her latest short film which examines the role of women in ballistic research, early computing and pattern perception in warfare. Presented alongside her works focusing on memory, notation, encryption and gender, the event also features an in conversation with special guests Morgan Quaintance and David Alan Grier.

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7QX
http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/aura-satz-bullet-hole/

 

24 March 2016
'In and Out of Synch' an evening of films and sound with Aura Satz presented by Liquid Architecture and Gertrude Contemporary

 

Satz presents works that explore the relationship between esoteric technologies (Chladni plate, Rubens' tube, theremin, mechanical music machines, phonographs, dial tones, drawn/optical sound) and the human body (heightened perception, sensory disorientation, psychoacoustics) and how these are mediated by notation systems, languages and codes. Followed by Q&A with Joel Stern.

Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Melbourne VIC 3065
Australia
https://liquidarchitecture.org.au/events/aura-satz-in-and-out-of-synch https://liquidarchitecture.org.au/events/aura-satz-talk
http://www.gertrude.org.au/

 

7th March 2017
'Between the Bullet and the Hole' (Plus Other Shorts) at HOME Manchester

 

Followed by Q&A with Chris Paul Daniels

HOME Manchester
2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester M15 4FN
https://homemcr.org/event/between-the-bullet-and-the-hole-plus-other-shorts-qa/
Part of: Artist Talks https://homemcr.org/event/artist-talks/

 

An article on Chladni patterns by Aura Satz appears in Cabinet magazine, "Shapes with the Sound of Their Own Making, The many resonances of the Chladni plate", 24 Hours, Issue 44 Winter 2011/12