Siri Black

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Siri Black

Co-programmed by LUX Scotland and David Dale Gallery


Programmed by Siri Black


An index finger tracing a thought, Siri Black, 2021, 9 minutes, 36 seconds

An index finger tracing a thought (2021) is formed around a conversation on how to differentiate between the artificial and the natural. With a focus on the infamous face on Mars, the film attempts to unpick our relationship to a landscape known only from images (of varying resolutions and scales). Local stone markings in the shape of severed heads become the nearest analogue to the surface anomalies on Mars. These heads bear witness, too, to the historic and maybe everlasting anthropomorphism.


Entangled Nightvisions, Aura Satz, 2018, 11 minutes, 54 seconds

Philosopher Johnny Golding ruminates on a formative childhood experience, when her father brought home an early prototype of night vision he was working on for the American Military ‘Project Eyeglass’ (for ARPA – Advanced Research Projects Agency). Shot using corrupted nightvision footage, the film explores Johnny’s interest in quantum physics, entanglement and her philosophy of Radical Matter.

SIRI BLACK is an artist based in Glasgow. She works across analog and digital photography, film and sound to create installations that seek to trace instances of the couching of state power with technological prowess. Important is the detritus left in the wake of accelerated progress; the gaps of archives, the not so easily translate-able entanglement. Her research is often conducted through collaborations with other art practitioners and scientists.  

She is currently an artist in residence at the year long “New Forms of Togetherness’ Digital Residency supported by the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Francaise. She has recently shown work as part of Present Futures Digital Festival and Radiophrenia, Glasgow. Recent exhibition include, Our World – The World to Come, 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow (2020); Tunnels, Spirals, Lattices, Cobwebs, Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow (2019); Too Little too Late, Outlier Gallery, Glasgow (2019).


David Dale Gallery and LUX Scotland are excited to present a series of three monthly online screenings in collaboration with Natasha Ruwona, Siri Black and Saoirse Amira Anis, three Scotland-based artists working with moving image. From June to August, a different artist each month will present a recent moving image work of their own alongside a film that they have selected from the LUX collection. The film programmes will be hosted on David Dale Gallery’s website and will be available to watch for free for the duration of each month. In addition, each artist will present a contextual event to explore themes within their practice.

This is the second screening programme organised by David Dale Gallery and LUX Scotland. The first iteration was produced in collaboration with Hannah James, Sulaïman Majali, Alexander Storey-Gordon and Winnie Herbstein in 2019–  you can see more about this project here.

Siri Black and Aura Satz in conversation

A pre-recorded in conversation between artists Siri Black and Aura Satz about their overlapping practices and films, An Index Finger Tracing a Thought (2021) and Entangled Nightvisions (2018). The artists discuss deep listening practices, edgeless sound, ventriloquism and ‘tuning into someone else’s frequency’. They also talk about personal orienteering and the ethics of collaboration, as well as haptic relationships, embodied knowledges and feminist citational practice. 

This conversation was organised with Siri Black as part of her online screening programme on David Dale Gallery’s website during August 2021. This series of monthly online screenings was co-programmed by LUX Scotland and David Dale Gallery in Summer 2021.

AURA SATZ’s work encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. Her work centres on the trope of ventriloquism in order to conceptualise a distributed, expanded and shared notion of voice. Works are made in conversation and use dialogue as both method and subject matter. Satz has made a body of work centred on various sound technologies in order to explore notation systems, code and encryption, and ways in which these might resist standardisation, generating new soundscapes, and in turn new forms of listening and attending to the other.

She has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally, including Tate Modern (2012), BFI Southbank (2012), the New York Film Festival (2013), Tate Britain (2014), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2014-15), Hayward Gallery (2014-15), Whitechapel Gallery (2016), Sydney Biennale (2016), NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo (2017), Lentos Museum, Linz (2017-18), SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017/18/19), High Line Art (2018), the Rotterdam Film Festival (2013-20), MoMA NY (2020), Kadist San Francisco (2020) and Sharjah Art Foundation (2020). She has presented solo exhibitions at the Wellcome Collection, London (2010-11); the Hayward Gallery project space, London (2013); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015-16); Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2016); George Eastman Museum, Rochester (2015) among others.

From 2009-10, she was artist-in- residence at the Ear Institute, UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ Award and the Jarman Award. Between 2015–2016 she was awarded a Leverhulme artist’s residency.