Aura Satz

Aura Satz 'Sound Ornaments in the Music Room' production still


Sound Ornaments in the Music Room transforms the varied patterns and ornamentations in the Mansion Music Room, its harpsichord and square piano, into a filmic notation of sorts.

Hypnotic sequences of geometric and biomorphic forms hover between indecipherable abstraction and a musical script. Extended close-up tracking shots of the elaborate ornaments create a visual score, to which composer Larry Goves has responded with a new score. Working with the expertise of Professor Jeanice Brooks from the University of Southampton, the project draws inspiration from one of Tatton’s previous residents, Elizabeth Sykes (1777-1853), and her vast collection of music.


Aura is an artist and writer. She holds 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; the Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland; AV festival, Newcastle; Whitechapel Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Barbican Art Gallery, ICA, Jerwood Space, Tate Britain, Beaconsfield Gallery and Artprojx Space, London. During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL. In 2010 she had solo shows at the Wellcome Collection, London and VIVID, Birmingham and she was recentl shortlisted for the Samsung Art Prize.



Saturday 29 September

4.30-6pm in the Mansion

Jane Chapman, contemporary harpsichordist extraordinaire, joins forces with guitarist Tom McKinney, pianist Harvey Davies and the Ensemble Pleyel for an extravagant ending to the 2012 Biennial. Taking inspiration from the Satz's Music Room installation, the musicians treat the entire house as sounding frame for an exploration of new and old musical fantasy. Curated by Jeanice Brooks, University of Southampton, the programme features a new collaboration between Jane Chapman and Aura Satz and world premieres of works by composers Larry Goves and Leo Grant, as well as eighteenth-century music from Tatton Park’s outstanding historic musical collection.