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Anna Friz

Santa Cruz, CA      

Anna Friz is a Canadian/American sound and media artist who specializes in multi-channel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast. Since 1998 she has presented new audio art and radiophonic works in more than 25 countries, where radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. Her radio works have been commissioned for national public radio in Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, Finland, and Spain, and heard around the world on national, independent and/or clandestine frequencies. She also composes atmospheric sound works and sonic installations for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon public media culture, political landscapes and infrastructure, and time perception. Anna holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto and is Assistant Professor of Sound in the Film and Digital Media Department of University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a steering member of the artist collective Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music based in East Iceland and a long time affiliate artist of Wave Farm (formerly free103point9) in Acra, New York. Anna is also an itinerant member of the Toronto-based collective Public Studio, which together won a City of Toronto commission for a new permanent sound installation in the Lee Lifeson Arts Park in North York, Toronto, installed in 2016.

Anna has performed and exhibited widely across Canada at diverse venues such as Canada’s National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Send+Receive Festival (Winnipeg), Suoni per il Popolo (Montreal); and the Festival TransAmériques (Montréal); and at international venues and festivals such as Third Coast Audio Festival (Chicago), Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), PS 122 (New York), AS220 (Providence, RI), CCRMA at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), the Fifth International Biennial of Radio (Mexico City), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast, IE), Club Transmediale/ Bootlab (Berlin, DE), Tesla (Berlin, DE), TONSPUR (Vienna, AT), Art+Communication (Riga, LV), Ars Electronica (Linz, AT), Digitales (Brussels, BE), Radiophonic 07 (Brussels, BE), Observatori (Valencia, ES), RadiaLX (Lisbon, PT), Tsonami Festival de Arte Sonoro (Valparaiso, Chile), radioCONA (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Radiophrenia (Glasgow) and many others. She was one of five curators of the Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival in Halle (Saale) Germany in 2016, the largest radio art festival to date.

Recent works include Echophone curated by Radius, on exhibit until February 2018 at the Museum of Arts and Design as part of the “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” exhibition; she was also one of the headlining performers at the Big Concert Night at Ars Electronica in 2017, part of a special 30th anniversary program with ORF Kunstradio (heard across Austria on the cultural channel of the Austrian national public radio); and the will be releasing the final version of the Joy Channel in 2018, an experimental radio art radio play created together with Montréal sound artist Emmanuel Madan, which was nominated as a finalist for the Phonurgia Nova Sound Art Award in 2017.



Radiotelegraph (2013)

An original composition for radio and spoken morse code, commissioned by Radius, Chicago, and sent from the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in the small town of Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland, where Friz was undertaking an artist residency in 2013. The beacon was simulcast by the artist’s low-watt transmitter in Seyðisfjörður (on 107.1 FM) and by Radius Chicago (88.9 FM) at sundown Seyðisfjörður time, for a period of five days in October. Voice, electronics, and radio signals created, mixed, and transmit by Anna Friz.

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Radiation Day (excerpt, 2017)

Commissioned for the Big Concert Night (Große Konzertnacht) at Ars Electronica 2017, Anna Friz performed at Postcity in Linz, Austria, premiering a new audiovisual work entitled Radiation Day, resulting from recent fieldwork in the industrial continuum of northern Chile, sound and project conception, Anna Friz, with visuals by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino. The concert was also broadcast live from the venue on ORF Kunstradio, heard nationally on the cultural channel of Austria’s national radio, and internationally at kunstradio.at

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Echophone (2017)

A sonic installation commissioned by Radius for “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” at the Museum of Arts and Design NY that responds to how radio incites relationships between distance and time. Visitors explore the museum with portable radios and headphones, and discover the transmissions broadcast from four beacons positioned throughout museum’s interior. Each beacon is housed in a vintage aluminum packing box, and provides an audible window into a speculative or alternate present for this location.

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