World premiere of this atmospheric film installation exploring sound inscriptions and the material quality of memory. The mesmeric film uses microscopic close-ups of gramophone grooves and the anatomy of the ear, while the accompanying music, composed by Aleks Kolkowski, includes eerie wax cylinder recordings and sounds emitted by the ear. The intriguing ‘forensic love story’, which draws on the German poet Rilke’s 1919 suggestion to play the groove-like line of a skull with a gramophone needle, is revealed by listening to the soundtrack through a theatrical array of horns and ear trumpets.
Following its exhibition at AV Festival 10, Sound Seam was presented as a single-screen installation at the Wellcome Collection from 9 December 2010 – 16 January 2011.
Aura Satz is an artist and writer, with a PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art, where she held a Henry Moore Foundation Post-doctoral Sculpture Fellowship. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including FACT, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Italy; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Barbican Art Gallery, London; and Beaconsfield, London. During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10, in partnership with Great North Museum. Funded by The Wellcome Trust and produced during an Artist Residency at the Ear Institute, UCL, London. Sound design produced with support from the AHRC. World Premiere.
Preview: Fri 5 March 2010, 7-10pm
Fri 5 March – Sun 14 March 2010
Newcastle NE2 4PT
Mon – Sat 10am-5pm