Preemptive Listening by Aura Satz with Raven Chacon
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Preemptive Listening by Aura Satz with Raven Chacon

In Aura Satz’s ongoing project Preemptive Listening, she asks: “How do we hear and understand emergency signals at a time of intersecting environmental and sociopolitical crisis? How can we address alarm fatigue, as both a lived reality and a metaphor for our current state?” Composed of footage shot at sites around the globe where sirens are deployed, Satz works collaboratively with a roster of musicians to speculatively reimagine what a siren is.

Through a long-form cinema residency at the Walker, Satz presents and develops a number of events across the next two years that feed into the development, production, and research of her project Preemptive Listening. For the first event of this residency, Satz will present her feature film in progress with a live musical performance by one of her sonic collaborators, 2022 Pulitzer Prize–winning Raven Chacon (Diné). A composer, performer, and artist, Chacon often centers his diverse musical output on creating new narratives of Indigenous sovereignty. A conversation between the artists follows the performance.

Raven Chacon (Diné) is a composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Renaissance Society, REDCAT, Vancouver Art Gallery, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Borealis Festival, SITE Santa Fe, Chaco Canyon, and Ende Tymes Festival. As a member of Postcommodity from 2009 to 2018, he co-created artworks presented at the Whitney Biennial, Documenta 14, and Carnegie International 57 as well as the two-mile-long Land art installation Repellent Fence. Since 2004, he has mentored more than 300 high school Native composers in the writing of new string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). Chacon is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, the Creative Capital Award in Visual Arts, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, the Bemis Center’s Ree Kaneko Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for his composition Voiceless Mass.

Aura Satz is a London-based artist whose work encompasses film, sound, performance, and sculpture. She has performed, exhibited, and screened her work nationally and internationally at Tate Modern; BFI Southbank; New York Film Festival; Hayward Gallery; Whitechapel Gallery; Sydney Biennale; Tokyo’s NTT InterCommunication Center; High Line Art; the Rotterdam Film Festival; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sharjah Art Foundation; Kadist San Francisco; Onassis Stegi; and others. She has presented solo exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection, London; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Dallas Contemporary; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; and ARTIUM, Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Spain. Satz has worked collaboratively with filmmaker Lis Rhodes, and with a wide range of composers, vocalists, and musicians.

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