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Impulsive Synchronisation

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Hayward Gallery Project Space
Impulsive Synchronisation

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
March 22nd, 2013 - May 26th, 2013
Opening: March 22nd, 2013 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/ha...
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
london bridge, southbank
EMAIL:  
hgenquiries@hayward.org.uk
PHONE:  
+44 20 7960 5226
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon 12-6; Tue-Wed,Sat-Sun 10-6; Thu-Fri 10-8
TAGS:  
sound installation, film, installation
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

Aura Satz premieres a new film and sound installation that centres on the invention of 'frequency hopping', patented in 1941 by Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil.

The 'Secret Communication System' enabled radio-controlled guidance of torpedoes by synchronising frequency changes in transmitter and receiver, thus avoiding enemy detection. It drew on Antheil's failed attempt to synchronise 16 pianolas in his 1924 avant-garde masterpiece Ballet Mécanique and has since become the basis for today's spread-spectrum technology, widely used in wireless telephone and wi-fi technology.

Satz references these technologies to explore visual, musical and data notation, as well as its encryption, synchronization, and decipherment.