Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist currently based in Chicago, where she is a post-doctoral fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Sound, funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec – société et culture (FRQ). She received her Ph.D. in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto in 2011; her dissertation is entitled “The Radio of the Future Redux: Rethinking Transmission Through Experiments in Radio Art.”
Since 1998 Anna has predominantly created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric sound works for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance that are equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal interior landscapes.
Anna has performed and exhibited widely across Canada, and at international venues and festivals such as Third Coast Audio Festival (Chicago, IL), PS 122 (New York, NY), AS220 (Providence, RI), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), the Fifth International Biennial of Radio (Mexico City), Arte Nuevo Interactiva (Yucatan), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast, IE), Club Transmediale/ Bootlab (Berlin, DE), Die Akademie der Künste (Berlin, DE), Art+Communication (Riga, LV), Von Krahl (Tallinn, EE), Ars Electronica (Linz, AT), Digitales (Brussels, BE), Radiophonic 07 (Brussels, BE), Observatori (Valencia, ES), RadiaLX (Lisbon, PT). Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de recherche Québec – société et culture, York University (Toronto), Concordia University (Montréal), Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Québec Delegation in Mexico, and the SOCAN Foundation.
Her radio art/works have been commissioned by national public radio in Canada, Austria, Finland, Germany, Danmark, Spain, and Mexico, and heard on independent airwaves in more than 15 countries. In 2011 she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award (Toronto) and the Betty Mitchell award (Calgary) for excellence in composition and sound design for theatre. She is also a founding member of the research collective L.O.T.: Experiments in Urban Research at York University, Toronto.
Heart as Arena: a new dance performance by Dana Gingras/ Animals of Distinction, crafted around ideas of distance and intimacy, and the mortal desires to communicate. Featuring a multi-channel array of vintage radio receivers arranged as the arena in which the dance takes place, and a soundscape crafted from the sounds of tuning across the radio landscape seeking songs of love.
Respire: a performance piece that has grown out of “You are far from us”, focussing on breath, static, and transduced radio transmission interference patterns, narrowcast through a multi-channel transmitter and receiver array. First performed at RadiaLX 2008 in Lisbon, and currently booked for the Surrey Arts Centre, Stanford University, and Nuit Blanche, Toronto, in 2009.
Short Horizon: Compositions made from the imagined and actual intercepted fields of electro-magnetic and acoustic signals in and around Toronto, Canada. I am particularly interested in the relative flatness and depth perceivable in both acoustic and Hertzian space, and in the diminishing horizon in the city as a result of urban design and an exponential increase in wireless infrastructure (or EM clutter). To be released on CD in 2009 through L.O.T.: Experiments in Urban Research and free103point9.org
The Joy Channel: Emmanuel Madan and I are recording the radio art/radio play version of our science fiction piece about the state of radio in North America 150 years in the future. The CD is scheduled to be released in 2012 by /Undefine, Montréal.
300 Tapes: Sound design/sonic choreography for new piece by Public Recordings, directed by Ame Henderson and Bobby Theodore. Premiered in Toronto at the Theatre Centre, December 2010, and Alberta PlayRites Festival, Calgary, February 2011. Nominated for Dora Mavor Moore award (Toronto) and Betty Mitchell award (Calgary) for oustanding sound design.
Spin: Sound design for a new work of spoken word/theatrical/musical work by Evalyn Parry. Premiered at Hysteria! festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Canada in October, 2009, with performances at the Sound Symposium, St. John’s Newfoundland in July 2010, and a full run at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in March 2011.
Domestic Wireless, Dus: a 4-channel radiophonic and sculptural installation as part of the Leona Drive exhibition, curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, and emerging from research done by L.O.T.: Experiments in Urban Research, October 22-31, 2009 in Willowdale (metro Toronto), Canada.
Ice breaker. A new 4-dimensional research work initiated by Owen Chapman, with George Stamos, Tara Rodgers, Yvan Cazabon and others. Residency in March 2008 in Montreal, May 2008 in Ottawa.
Somewhere a voice is calling: a performance for 2-channel radio array, VLF antennas, and live video manipulation, performed with Absolute Value of Noise and Glenn Gear. We are currently working on a CD version of the piece, to be released in 2010.
You Are Far From Us a performed installation for 65+ radios and 4 transmitters, premiered at Radio Revolten in Halle, Germany, October 2006, and featured at Radiophonic 07, Bruxelles, October 2007.