Biography


annabwAnna Friz creates media art, sound and transmission art, working across platforms to present installations, broadcasts, films and performances. Her creative and scholarly works often reflect upon media ecologies, land use, infrastructures, time perception, radio and transmission art histories, and critical fictions. She specializes in self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. Currently her focus is on a series of audiovisual works under the title We Build Ruins, which expressively consider mining and industrial corridors in the high altitude desert in northern Chile; and a 22-hour radio art work based on field recordings along the northern California coast within the fog line, commissioned for Radio Art Zone, a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM.

In the autumn of 2015 she joined the Film and Digital Media department at University of California Santa Cruz, where she is currently Associate Professor. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Sound (2011-2013), funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec – société et culture (FRQ). She earned 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.” 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, received 2nd place in the Prix Palma Ars Acoustica 2014, a finalist for the Phonurgia Nova Sound Art Prize in 2017, and winner of a Phonurgia Nova residency award in 2019. Anna has also been awarded a Hellman Fellowship (2018) and a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship (2022).

Ongoing collaborations with Absolute Value of Noise, Jeff Kolar, Cynthia Ling Lee, Emmanuel Madan, Rodrigo Ríos Zunino; also the NRRF Radio Collective and CWCH Collective. Anna is an itinerant collaborator with the Toronto-based Public Studio collective, whose work together includes One Hundred and Twenty Mirrors, a permanent sound installation in the Lee Lifeson Arts Park in North York, Toronto, among other multi-channel film installations and sculptures which critically consider the social politics of landscape, environment and urban systems.

Presentations of her work in the recent years include  Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), SITE Gallery (Houston),  the New York Times Magazine,  esc Median Kunst Labor (Graz, Austria),  ReWire Festival  (The Hague, Netherlands),  Soundhouse  at the Barbican (London UK), Espace Multimedia Gantner (Belfort France), and RE:SOUND Festival (Aalborg, Denmark). Her radio art/works have been heard on the airwaves of more than 25 countries, and commissioned by national public radio in Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, and Mexico. 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, the SOCAN Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, and the Arts Research Institute and the Committee on Research at University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as numerous commissions in North America and abroad.

Anna is long time affiliate of Wave Farm in Upper Hudson Valley, NY, and a long-time contributor to ORF Kunstradio, Austria.

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ONGOING WORK:

We Build Ruins: Umbrella title for a suite of pieces created from fieldwork in the Atacama desert in Chile from 2017-2022. Consisting of audiovisual, audio, and radio works, We Build Ruins reflects on landscape, infrastructure, and environmental change, exploring the micro and macro scales of human intervention and activity in harsh yet complex environments which occupy the space between urban sprawl and wilderness, and investigates the role of people (and artists) as agents in the myth-making and storytelling process which bring critique and create counter-narratives to those of progress and growth that propel unsustainable extractivist corporate and state-sponsored industries. Work in progress for We Build Ruins includes a feature-length radio art documentary entitled Salar, supported by a residency at GRM studios in Paris, and an experimental film. Past works include Radiation Day, the multi-channel installation Salar: Evaporation, and the short film about overburden piles produced by mining entitled We are surrounded by torta.

Embodied Radio Device/Solar Radio: created together with Absolute Value of Noise and powered by his design for the solar radio; Embodied Radio Device will be permanently installed at the Wave Farm in Acra, NY in spring 2022.

RECENT WORK:

you, beloved: a radio art work created together with Amy Mihyang Ginther, Cynthia Ling Lee, and Gabriel Saloman; premiere broadcast for 12-12-12-12 project directed by Christof Migone in December 2020.

Sound, Signal, Conductor (2014-2018): series of works originating in Iceland, utilizing extending approaches to recording, re-playing and filtering sounds through the landscape and built environment. Also using pinhole and digital photography to create stills and stop motion video. Yielding weathered copper artifacts, installation works, suitcase transmitters, and undertaking performative actions which sonify structures and electro-magnetic space in situ. Funded by Canada Council for the Arts. Including Aftergrain, a solo installation at SITE, a gallery occupying the industrial space of a former rice silo complex in Houston, Texas; and Echophone, a radiophonic installation commissioned by Radius Chicago for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Radiation Day (2017-2018): audio visual performance and installation works stemming from research in northern Chile, along the industrial continuum. Radiation Day (with visuals by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino) premiered at Ars Electronica’s Big Concert Night 2017.

The Joy Channel: with Emmanuel Madan. The final iteration of our radio art/radio play /speculative fiction piece about the state of radio in North America 150 years in the future. Finalist for the Phonurgia Nova Sound Art Prize in 2017. Released on IO SOUND in 2018.