Aura Satz: Between the Bullet and the Hole

  • Image of Bullet and Hole Satz Whitechapel Gallery Film Programme Feb 2016

    Courtesy Aura Satz

Past Event

This event was on Thu 18 Feb, 7pm

Aura Satz presents the UK première of Between the Bullet and the Hole, her latest short film which examines the role of women in ballistic research, early computing and pattern perception in warfare.

Presented alongside her works focusing on memory, notation, encryption and gender, the event also features an in conversation with special guests Morgan Quaintance and David Alan Grier.

Between the Bullet and the Hole is funded by Arts Council England and co-commissioned by Dallas Contemporary and The Sydney Biennale.

About Aura Satz

Aura Satz completed a practice/theory PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art. Between 2002 and 2005, she was a recipient of the Henry Moore Post-Doctoral Sculpture Fellowship. From 2009–10, she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust. From 2014–15, she was practitioner-in-residence at Chelsea college of Arts. She has also been awarded a Leverhulme artist’s residency to make a film at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Department of Music, and the John Hansard Gallery, hosted at the University of Southampton.

Aura has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally. She is included in the 20th Sydney Biennale ‘The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed.’ She is Moving Image Tutor at the Royal College of Art.

About the film

Between the Bullet and the Hole (11mins) centres on the elusive and complex effects of war on women’s role in ballistic research and early computing. The film features new and archival high-speed bullet photography, schlieren and electric spark imagery, bullet sound wave imagery, forensic ballistic photography, slide rulers, punch cards, computer diagrams, and a soundtrack by Scanner.

Like a frantic animation storyboard, it explores the flickering space between the frames, testing the perceptual mechanics of visual interpolation, the possibility of reading or deciphering the gap between before and after.

Interpolation – the main task of the women studying ballistics in WW2 – is the construction or guessing of missing data using only two known data points. The film tries to unpack this gap and open it up to interrogation. It questions how we read, interpolate or construct the gaps between bullet and hole, perpetrator and victim, presence and absence.


Between the Bullet and the Hole (2015) 11 mins

Onomatopoeic Alphabet (2010) 6 mins

Sound Seam (2010) 15 mins

Oramics: Atlantis Anew (2011) 7 mins

Doorway for Natalie Kalmus (2013) 9 mins

In and Out of Synch ( 2012) 20 mins

Guest speakers

Morgan Quaintance is a London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator. Born in South London, he is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, Art Review, Frieze, and a number of curatorial sites and blogs. He is a contributing editor for e-flux’s online publishing portal Art Agenda, is a founding member of the curatorial collective DAM PROJECTS, and is the 2015/16 curatorial fellow at Cubitt Gallery, London.

As a presenter he currently works with the BBC’s flagship arts programme The Culture Show, and is also the producer of Studio Visit, a weekly hour-long interviews-based programme, broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM, featuring international contemporary artists as guests.

David Alan Grier is a writer, author and speaker on issues of technology, society and organisations.

He is the author of numerous, award-winning books on computing and society, including When Computers Were Human, the story of how we organized computation before we had machines to do for it. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received this award for his contributions to crowdsourcing. Since 2007 he has written a regular column on computing and society for Computer magazine. He writes a monthly column for the Chinese Computing Federation (published in Mardarin).