Aura Satz

Aura Satz works with film, sound, performance and sculpture. Interested in modes of heightened perception and sensory disorientation such as flicker and psychoacoustics, Satz has used various technologies as the subject of her work, including the Chladni plate, Rubens’ tube, theremin, mechanical music, phonograph grooves, dial tones, drawn/optical sound and early colour film.

Satz work often focuses on key female figures that are largely excluded from mainstream historical discourse, as part of an on-going engagement with the question of women’s contributions to labour, technology and scientific knowledge. She has made works about Daphne Oram, pioneer of British Electronic Music and co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic workshop in 1958, Laurie Spiegel, composer in electronic music and developer of algorithmic composition software, and astronomers Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Maria Mitchell.

She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Hayward Gallery, InterCommunication Centre (Tokyo) Sydney Biennale; High Line Art (NY), Wellcome Collection (London); Dallas Contemporary (Texas); George Eastman House (Rochester NY); Gallery 44 (Toronto); Fridman Gallery (NY) and Paradise Row gallery (London). She is currently a Reader and Tutor at the Royal College of Art.