Vocal Flame – Aura Satz

Vocal Flame

Aura Satz

2010 / 9:30 minutes

Jul 10th, 2020 – 7 pm

Vocal Flame is fiery sound sculpture using a Ruben’s Tube, an acoustic device which visualizes sound as a standing wave of small flames. The soundtrack that animates the flickering flames features a histrionic voice-over, exploring the various embodiments of ventriloquized voices in popular culture, particularly the female voice in film. The voiceover conjures narratives of a biblical burning bush, a self-consuming flame alphabet, the moulded vocal training of My Fair Lady and the acousmatic notion of a voice without source, hidden behind a veil or curtain. Working through Radar’s theme of the performing object from the perspective of the implicit ventriloquism of making an object speak, Vocal Flame aims to expose the malleability, violence and porosity of vocal manipulation.

Devised and scripted by Aura Satz, voiceover performed by vocalist Jennifer Walshe and music composed by musician, composer, and founding Siouxie and the Banshees member Steven Severin.

Aura Satz’ artistic practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally: at Tate Modern (2012), BFI Southbank (2012), the New York Film Festival (2013), Tate Britain (2014), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2014-15), Hayward Gallery (2014-15), Whitechapel Gallery (2016), Sydney Biennale (2016), NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo (2017), Lentos Museum, Linz (2017-18), SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017/18/19), High Line Art (2018), the Rotterdam Film Festival (2013-20), MoMA NY (2020), MCA Chicago (2020), Kadist San Francisco (2020) and Sharjah Art Foundation (2020). Satz has held solo exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection, London (2010-11); the Hayward Gallery project space, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015-16); Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2016); George Eastman Museum, Rochester (2015); and Gallery 44, Toronto (2014); among others. She is a Moving Image Tutor and Reader in Fine Art (Sound and Moving Image) on the Contemporary Art Practice programme at the Royal College of Art, London.