Radiation Day at Ars Electronica


Performing Radiation Day at Ars Electronica, Big Concert Night 08.10.2017

I had a world premiere of new work at the Big Concert Night of Ars Electronica Festival at PostCity in Linz Austria this past weekend on 10 September 2017. Radiation Day was created during my research residency in Chile this summer, in collaboration with artist Rodrigo Ríos Zunino. This is the first of what will be a series of audio/visual works for performance and installation. Many thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting the work, and for the Arts Research Institute of the University of California Santa Cruz for flying me over to perform!
The live concert was curated by Elisabeth Zimmermann for the 30th Anniversary of ORF Kunstradio, and broadcast live to national public radio Ö1 in Austria the same evening as part of a special program entitled Different Places.
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This is the metamorphosis of Earth being: in the desert, around open-cast mines loom massively heaped and compacted slagheaps; evaporation ponds spread across the salt flats, and pipelines and power lines run alongside roads punctuated by truck transports and blowing dust. Copper, lithium, rare earths; mining the ingredients for wireless communication devices. Ancient geoglyphic inscriptions on the desert are dwarfed by deep industrial scars visible from satellites. But environments are also media, and bodies are recording devices. For days under the sun at high altitudes in northern Chile, we sought elemental media amidst the industrial continuum. A performance devised of infrastructural sounds, atmospheric signals and live electronics.

Video by Rodrigo Rios Zunino (CL/EC)


XRRB: Radio Tsonami edition


This week, tune in to Radio Tsonami for three live radio mixes of audible materials gathered on a recent trip to the altiplano and salt flats of northern Chile. XRRB returns July 12, 14, and 16, at 21:30-23:00 GMT -4; live from CASAPLAN‘s artist residency space, where I’m staying here in Valparaíso, Chile. Tune in here.

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Nocturnal outpost, distance monitoring, and experimental radio beacon. Night time respirations after days spent staring into the sun. Featuring journeys over the Flatlands of Patience and through the Ruins of the Future. Live radio by Anna Friz with special guest Rodrigo Ríos Zunino for Radio Tsonami.

Anna is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and University of California, Santa Cruz.



My Sounds Travel Without Me: June 2017 edition


While working away at home and in studio, I’ve sent my sounds on the road with these recent and current presentations abroad:

The Envelope of the Hour originally commissioned for Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival in Halle/Saale Germany in October 2016 was re-mounted for Il suono in mostra sound art festival, curated by the Spazzioersetti Gallery in Udine, Italy, June 3-11, 2017. The work was adapted to 7 channels and installed in the old Clock Tower in Piazza Libertà in Udine.

The Joy Channel (created with Emmanuel Madan) was presented on Radio RE:FLUX on CKUM Moncton, as part of RE:FLUX 12 Festival, Moncton New Brunswick, June 1-4, 2017.

Radiotelegraph will be presented on June 20, 2017 in the Theatr Studio in Plac Defilad, Warsaw, Poland as part of the Do usłyszenia na Placu Defilad – festiwal słuchowisk, vol. 2, or To hear at Defilad Square – festival of listeners, vol. 2. 



FJARÐARHEIÐI at Tsonami Festival de Arte Sonoro


We are super pleased to be back in Valparaíso, Chile, for the Xth edition of Tsonami Festival de Arte Sonoro. Konrad Korabiewski and I are performing FJARÐARHEIÐI, our multi-channel audio-visual piece concerning the expressiveness of low-visibility and low-fidelity landscapes. The piece is conceived in East Iceland as a project of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music.  

Concerts take place on Thursday December 8, 2016 in the Teatro Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, and on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at the Centre Cultural de España.



Wave Farm Radio


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I’m enjoying a few days at Wave Farm here Acra, New York. A bit of meeting, and a bit of mini-residency to work on some overdue sound making! The best part about Wave Farm is: no matter the plan you arrive with, farm art will somehow take over. The site is very specific. Last night (May 17, 2016 midnight to 1:00) I did a live show for Wave Farm radio and WGXC (90.7FM in Greene and Columbia counties), considering the nature of distance, listening in the dark, metamorphosis and drones of all kinds. Above is the Wave Farm Study Center and artist residency (also home to the Acra studio of WGXC) and below yours truly getting ready for the night.

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The Cold Road


FJARÐARHEIÐI is new multi-channel audiovisual performance by Konrad Korabiewski and me, which we premiered last autumn at the Festival de nouveau cinéma in Montréal. Here’s a little trailer/excerpt, featuring images from one of the two channels of photomontage which I created to accompany our live music.

Anna Friz | Konrad Korabiewski | FJARÐARHEIÐI | Festival Nouveau Cinéma Montréal | live | excerpt from Konrad Korabiewski on Vimeo.http://korabiewski.com

Here’s what the performance is all about:

Using field recordings, cottage-built electronics, analogue tape and feedback systems, Friz and Korabiewski perform live, accompanied by Friz’ monochrome two-channel photo-montage. Together, they craft pensive audiovisual landscapes, strongly influenced by the extreme oscillation between daylight and darkness characteristic of life over a year on the mountainous coast just below the Arctic Circle. Fjarðarheiði is taken from the name of the 25 km mountain pass which connects the village of Seyðisfjörður to the nearest town of Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland. On this sometimes treacherous road, the visual and acoustic environments are transformed by dense fog and snow storms, effecting a perceptual flux between white-out and black-out which leaves only an aftergrain. If afterglow refers to the light or luminescence left in the sky after sundown, aftergrain is the sonic and visual noise that remains when most other frequencies are subtracted.

Support for the development of the project comes from Canada Council for the Arts (Friz); the Danish Composer’s Society and the Danish Arts Foundation (Korabiewski). Developed as a Skálar production.



Art’s Birthday 2016


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Art’s Birthday” is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou. One million years ago on January 17, someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. And so, art was born. Filliou proposed a public holiday to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. In recent years, the idea has been taken up by a loose network of artists and friends around the world who exchange audiovisual parties, first via the post, telephone, fax, and later internet streams and public radio satellite. Each year the Eternal Network evolves to include new partners – working with the ideas of exchange and telecommunications art.

This year for the 1,000,053th birthday of art, and I’ve jumped on a plane or two from California to Vienna, Austria, to perform on-site, on-line, and on-air nationally on ORF Kunstradio, the radio art program on the national cultural channel of Austrian national public radio. I’ll be joining good friends Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann (aka Mobile Radio), Ralf Wendt, and lots of other sonic tricksters here in Vienna on Sunday January 17, from 17:00-20:00 Austrian time (GMT +1).

Later that evening, from 23:00-1:00 (overnight to monday morning), we’ll be live on-air in the Kunstradio slot. Tune in online to the audio stream, the video stream, on-air. We’ll be listening and exchanging with any and all birthday streams circulating internationally, and do our best to infiltrate available bands with tenacious earworms and parasitic refrains, powered of course by high quality Viennese birthday cake!

Drop in, tune in, eat cake. Happy Art’s Birthday! Remember: the End is just pretend!



Ascend into air, fall into water


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Last spring I made a radio art piece for Radio Arts UK entitled Two Sleeps, which was an oneiric journey through imagined landscapes, and the tendency in my dreams of ascending and descending through air and water. This time around it was much more basic: the plane takes off from the fog and murk of East Iceland, soars over the pack ice around Labrador and descends into another fog bank near Santa Cruz, California.  From air to earth, but actually to water–though there’s drought here, the ocean is the nearest and most impressive body around.

My new appointment here at UC Santa Cruz is keeping me busy, but some additional shows are coming up fast: even as we speak I’m madly finishing the audio for Public Studio‘s new 360 degree video installation entitled Zero Hour, to be presented at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche on October 3-4, 2015; and a brand new audio-visual performance Fjarðarheiði created with Konrad Korabiewski and presented by Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music at the Festival de nouveau cinéma in Montréal, October 10, 2015.

Look out for misc. colloquia in the central California area to be announced shortly as well… and when not teaching students about the glories of listening and making noise, I’ll be out and about, loitering about the waterfront…

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Endless Love: All Transistor Model


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Endless Love: All Transistor Model
is a 12-hour durational performance/sound installation conceived by Karine Denault, Anna Friz, and Dana Gingras. We had a red-lit love-soaked premiere of the work overnight on June 20-21, 2015 from 20:30-8:30, at Stable, Montréal, during the 24-hour art event Endless Love. Two dancers, 30 transistor radios, 3 frequencies, 4 auxiliary audio channels and a giant disco ball, for that immersive full-body love effect.

The performers (Karine Denault and Dana Gingras) move through an installation of mid-century AM/FM transistor radio receivers set upon the floor, with four open cone speakers attached to radiators on the surrounding walls. They tune, re-tune, and de-tune across the nighttime landscape and the radio dial, searching for songs of love. They slow dance together, and with others in the audience; they sleep in the radio city troubled by fitful dreams and nightmares; they seek resuscitation and connection through minimal gestures and concrete interaction with the radios and each other. Time lurches unevenly through the night. The heart in crisis requires action, even if union is temporary, fragile, or only glimpsed but never realized.

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The radio landscape is responsive to the bodies of performers and visitors alike: several micro-watt FM transmitters narrowcast a drunken, time-stretched version of a love ballad, as well as static, textures, heterodyne hums and signals, creating a physical soundscape that is constantly acted on and disrupted by the slipping frequencies and electrical interference between devices and the dancers’ moving bodies. Bodies serve as antennas, and receivers become transmitters.

Sound artist and designer Anna Friz further engages the radiophonic field, by changing the scenography of radios and lights periodically from one sculptural ‘set’ to another, as well as modulating and manipulating the incoming and outgoing signals, with a focus on feedback and making the circumstances of transmission audible. In this way the radios act as the sound system, as the moveable scenography, and as collaborating performers, as the devices themselves produce unexpected sounds.

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Home Radiation


Live set by Anna Friz, Jeff Kolar and Eric Leonardson, from the Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago IL May 15, 2015.