• Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)

Satz, Aura, 2018, Show, Exhibition or Event, Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)

Abstract or Description:

'Preemptive Listening (part 1: The Fork in the Road)' is a short 16mm film which serves as part 1 of a larger research project on sonic obedience and disobedience through the trope of the siren. It posits the siren's loud glissando wail as a conditioned and learned signal, one that can potentially be perceptually and musically rewired. For this first chapter of the project, Lebanese trumpet improviser Mazen Kerbaj has composed a new siren sound using circular breathing, alongside the actor and activist Khalid Abdalla's account of the siren as the emblematic sound of resistance, oppression, and lost futures during the Arab Spring. Shot on 16mm, the film is literally driven by its soundtrack, as the voice becomes a beacon, activating emergency rotating lights.
Exhibitions: Solo show at Fridman Gallery, NY (2018); Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick upon Tweed (2019); 'All at Once' online group show curated by Regine Basha, Fridman Gallery, NY (2020).
Screenings: Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah (2019); 'Siren Voices with Aura Satz: Rewiring Memories of Technology', in conversation with Marina Warner, Birkbeck Artsweek (2019);'Crossroads', San Francisco Cinematheque, SFMOMA, San Francisco (2019); Shortlisted for 'Les Nouveaux Alchemistes' prize, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Shortlisted for 'Alteraciones' prize, Aguilar Film Festival, Palencia (2019); MIEFF (Moscow International Experimental Film Festival), Garage, Moscow (2020). Exhibition catalogue published by Fridman Gallery with essays by Christoph Cox, David Crowley, Barbara London, and Aura Satz in conversation with David Toop.

MusicianKerbaj, Mazen
ActorAbdalla, Khalid
Preemptive Listening (Part 1: The Fork in the Road)Fridman Gallery, New York, USA7 Nov - 21 Dec 2018One person show
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W690 Cinematics and Photography not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Aura Satz
Funders: RCA, Kodak
Uncontrolled Keywords: Siren, protest, moving image, sound art
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 15:03
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 15:03
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4888
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