Aura Satz

Tuning Fork Spell

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil and watercolour on black paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Shezad Dawood, artist

About the work

For several years now I have been working through the idea of recalibration – of how we listen, to what, and to whom. The pandemic has shifted the ratio of signal and noise, sound and silence. I became obsessed with tuning forks, spells and birdsong. This is one spell of many.

About the artist:

Born 1974 Barcelona, Aura Satz lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Drama, Art and Music Studies, Bologna (1998); and PhD Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002)

Satz’s work encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. Her work centres on the trope of ventriloquism in order to conceptualise a distributed, expanded and shared notion of voice. Works are made in conversation and use dialogue as both method and subject matter. Satz has made a body of work centred on various sound technologies in order to explore notation systems, code and encryption, and ways in which these might resist standardisation, generating new soundscapes, and in turn new forms of listening and attending to the other.

Selected solo exhibitions include Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2016); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015-16); George Eastman Museum, Rochester (2015); Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2013); and Wellcome Collection, London (2010-11). Selected screenings and performances include MoMA, New York (2020); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017/18/19); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Tate Britain, London (2014); Rotterdam Film Festival (2013-20); New York Film Festival (2013); and Tate Modern, London (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Seeing Sound, Kadist, San Francisco (2021); Art in the Age of Anxiety, Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); High Line Art, New York (2018); STARS, Lentos Museum, Linz (2017-18); Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo (2017); Sydney Biennale (2016); Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London (2014-15); and They Used to Call it the Moon, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2014-15).

Awards include shortlisting for the Samsung Art+ Award (2012), and the Jarman Award (2012).

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