Aura Satz’s Chromatic Aberration Opens at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema

Aura Satz’s new commission for The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema pays homage to the medium of colour film, taking as its material selected early 1920s colour film footage that exposed chromatic distortions and misalignments.

Satz has reworked this footage, mainly comprising tests shots featuring members of George Eastman’s family and Hollywood stars of the time, using specialist equipment to create extreme close-ups and magnifications of each still. Brought to life within an installation, the work evokes an imagined abstract colour world, a flickering eyelid trapped in a mechanical peephole shimmering between dreamy reverie, curiosity, terror, defiance and awe. This is set against a soundtrack which imitates the ambient mechanical sounds of the film lab where the footage was originally shot.

Presented on a curved screen, Chromatic Aberration utilises state-of-the-art film projection technology for the new purpose-built space, in a venue that opened in 1937 as a newsreel picture house. Aura Satz’s practice encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture, focusing on the complex intersections between the history, technology, and aesthetics of media. This autumn Chromatic Aberration will be accompanied by a special film programme curated by Aura Satz and The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema’s curator Elisabetta Fabrizi, as well as an enlightening artist’s talk and panel discussion.

Aura Satz: Chromatic Aberration, 22 October – 23 November, The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.
24 January – 26 April 2015, George Eastman House, 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, United States.

1. Two-colour Kodachrome test shots, 1922, from George Eastman House, photo by James Layton.