Aura Satz. She Recalibrates. Z Gallery

From: Friday, 04 February 2022

To: Sunday, 27 March 2022

Aura Satz’s (Barcelona, 1974) work involves a mix of film, sound, performance and sculpture, focusing on the idea of ventriloquism to conceptualise a shared and expanded notion of voice. Her work is created in conversation by using dialogue as both method and subject.

She has staged performances and exhibitions at the Tate Modern (2012), BFI Southbank (2012), New York Film Festival (2013), Tate Britain (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2016), NTT InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo (2017), SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017/18/19), Rotterdam Film Festival (2013-20) and MoMA NY (2020).

In Z Gallery programme, Aura Satz presents the films Oramics: Atlantis Anew, Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken and Hacer una diagonal con la música, three works based on three pioneers in the field of electronic music.

Hacer una diagonal con la música. 2019. 10 min.
A short film about Argentine electroacoustic composer Beatriz Ferreyra, a pioneer of musique concrète together with Pierre Schaeffer during the 1950s and 1960s. In this film, she discusses her “sound search” recording techniques and other thoughts on sound montage and spatialisation, including creaking doors, barking dogs and rainbow hands.

Oramics: Atlantis Anew. 2011. 7 min.
Conceived as an artist’s film that pays tribute to Daphne Oram, pioneer of British electronic music and co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958, the film depicts a close encounter with her unique Oramics machine invention, housed in the Science Museum in London.

Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken. 2016. 8 min.
Following Satz’s earlier films about women composers and inventors of electronic music, this short film offers an intimate look into the studio of American composer Laurie Spiegel (b. 1945). Renowned for her electronic music compositions and algorithmic composition software, the film also reveals all manner of musical and technological paraphernalia, ranging from sheet music to DIY inventions and collections of quirky toys. The soundtrack features electronic music composed by Spiegel and Laurie’s voiceover reflecting on electronic music and the process of composing.

The Z Gallery (Z for zinema, cinema in Basque) programme is neither a season of films nor an exhibition. It is a project that constructs an intermediate space from which to reflect on and draw attention to works by artists making the leap into the cinematographic field as well as filmmakers exploring the exhibition format. It is a programme arising from the determined gesture of thinking about the moving image in the museum. A programme that aims to bring to the public authors interested in searching for new narrative forms by questioning the genres that historically categorise cinematographic language.

Curator: Garbiñe Ortega

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