Consider the Drone, Barbara London and Aura Satz in Conversation

Barbara London and Aura Satz in Conversation
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3pm EST
KADIST San Francisco
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What’s in a sound? And what of a drone? Venerable curator Barbara London is joined in conversation by artist Aura Satz, an interdisciplinary artist based in London, UK with a particular interest in the sustained, ambient, and minimal. Satz and London will discuss the artist’s approach to sound as an intangible, yet integral component of art and daily life, including her telephone sound composition Dial Tone Drone (2014), a piece that questions, articulates, and explores the drone form in all its political, conceptual, meditative, and musical implications. Their conversation will open onto broader artistic concerns, including the sculptural possibilities of combining sculpture and sound, the role of technology in our audible landscape, sound and connectivity, and her ongoing series of works with women composers. 

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This program is organized in conjunction with Seeing Sound, an exhibition opening in June 2021 at KADIST San Francisco featuring Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young. This exhibition is curated by Barbara London and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI).

Seeing Sound is a traveling exhibition curated by Barbara London, with the support of Research Assistant Kristen Clevenson and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI). This exhibition and tour are supported, in part, by Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) program and with the generous support of ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

Image Caption: Aura Satz, Sketch for ‘Dial Tone Operator’, 2014

April 7, 2021


Barbara London

Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer, who founded the Video-media Exhibition & Collection Programs at The Museum of Modern Art. Her book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon) was released in January 2020. London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice, with Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and (1999.) and organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Peter Campus, Teiji Furuhashi, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Nam June Paik, Song Dong, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic exhibitions at MoMA included Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013); Looking at Music (2009); Video Spaces (1995); Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes (1985); and Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto (1979).

London teaches in the Sound Art Department, Columbia University, and previously taught in the Graduate Art Department, Yale, 2014-2019. Her honors include: Getty Research Institute scholar, 2016; the Courage Award, Eyebeam, 2016; Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne, 2012; Dora Maar House Residency, Menerbes, 2010; a CEC Artslink award in Poland, 2003; a Japanese government Bunkacho Fellowship, 1992-93; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1988-89.

Aura Satz

Satz is a London-based visual artist whose work encompasses film, performance and sculpture. A key figure among a talented generation of younger artists who engage with sound, Satz has received widespread critical acclaim across her nearly two decade-long practice. In her work, Satz emphasises the complex relationship between humans and machines. Satz’s entry into sound began through a series of projects that revolved around magic, born of an interest in how a ventriloquist’s falsetto voice always seems to emanate right from a puppet’s mouth. Satz’s trajectory orbits around two major topics. One involves the art and science of music, sound technology, vibration and acoustics. The other involves social and political factors, especially issues of gender and the rediscovery of important contributions women have made to the development of technology, namely as inventors of new systems of notation, encryption and sound-making. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work internationally including FACT, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Italy; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; the Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland; AV festival, Newcastle; Whitechapel Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, ICA, Jerwood Space, Tate Britain, Beaconsfield Gallery and Artprojx Space, London. Her recent films are Little Doorways to Paths Not Yet Taken (2016) and the short film Entangled Nightvisions (2018). Satz currently teaches at the Royal College of Art in London.

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