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Aura Satz: In and Out of Synch

In and Out of Synch is a filmic performance which centres around the optical printing of soundtracks, committing to 16mm film a technology on the verge of extinction, entombing and encrypting its own language onto itself. Shot at the post-production facilities of Pinewood studios, London, the close-up sequences feature abstract patterns of sound encoded as light, printed onto the soundtrack area of the filmstrip. The film features the quivering light of a 16mm mono and a 35mm stereo optical sound camera, providing a seismic glimpse at a sound-wave in formation, on occasions flashing like a stroboscopic Rorschach inkblot. 

Both mesmerizing and assaulting the senses, the visually hypnotic patterns are disrupted by the voiceover, scripted in dialogue with the artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes, whose expanded cinema installation using optical sound is on display in The Tanks. The two voices alternate and coincide, interrogating the sound-image synchronicity and correlation with poetic expressions. The film is accompanied by a live musical performance which animates a Rubens' tube, a device which similarly modulates light in response to sound, creating spectacular waves of flames. In parallel to the film's exploration of sound encoded as light, the event features sound encoded as fire; a more primal, dramatic, and almost pre-cinematic counterpart of the same principle of sound as light. 

For this version at the Tanks, the live performance features the vocals of interdisciplinary artist Mikhail Karikis and Anton Lukoszevieze on cello. This performance is linked to the symposium Playing in the Shadows exploring the subterranean darkness of The Tanks and radical experiments in projection and performance.

Future performances of In and Out of Synch will take place at Arnolfini (Bristol) on 1 November 2012, and in 2013, at Ny Musikk festival (Oslo), and SNYK - Centre for contemporary, experimental music and sound art (Copenhagen).

Aura Satz’s practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. Her work has been performed, exhibited and screened nationally and 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); Färgfabriken (Stockholm); Tatton Park Biennial (Cheshire); AV festival (Newcastle); Arnolfini (Bristol); Ikon (Birmingham); BFI Southbank, Whitechapel Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, ICA, Jerwood Space, Tate Britain, Beaconsfield Gallery, Artprojx Space, and the Wellcome Collection (London). Forthcoming exhibitions include Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing, as part of Hayward Touring exhibition in association with Cabinet Magazine, curated by Brian Dillon, Turner Contemporary (Margate), Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin), de Appel Amsterdam. During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL.  In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ award, and the Jarman award. Her projects can be seen online at www.iamanagram.com. 

Film Credits:

Filmed, directed and edited by Aura Satz
Scripted in dialogue with Lis Rhodes
Voiceover Lis Rhodes and Aura Satz
DP Bevis Bowden
Dubbing mixer Gernot Fuhrmann
Funded by Arts Council England, Tate Modern, Arnolfini and private donations
Support in kind from Pinewood Studios
Special thanks to Martin Sawyer, Jason Stevens, Simon Hill at Pinewood; Len Thornton and Tim Sidell, and Jackie and Peter Stewart.

In and Out of Synch is linked to the symposium Playing in the Shadows exploring the subterranean darkness of The Tanks and radical experiments in projection and performance.

Other events related to the symposium

Patrick Staff: Chewing Gum for the Social Body
Friday 26 October 2012, 20.00 – 21.30

Tina Keane: Transposition
Saturday 27 October 2012, 11.00 – 17.00

Kerry Tribe: Critical Mass
Saturday 27 October 2012, 19.00

Related to the series The Tanks: Art in Action

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27 October 2012 at 21.00–23.00

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