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Critical Transductions Across Acoustic and Radiophonic Spaces

Consider transmission art as occupying “radio space”: a continuous, available, fluctuating transmission ecology, described by the reach of signals within overlapping fields of influence and the space of imagination such invisible territories enable. The extrasensory nature of radio space, taken together with acousmatic explorations of geological and political landscapes, allows for a productive slippage between real material signals and sounds, and imaginary spaces. Anna will discuss solo and collaborative works which broadly engage with critical physical and radiophonic spaces: from work with copper antennae and media artifacts in the Icelandic wilderness, to the naturalization and pervasiveness of military practices into contemporary civil communications (such as drone technology, or the atomic clock), to explorations of electro-magnetic and physical urban infrastructure. 

  LInks to audio work:

Trilogy for Night and Radio: Radiotelegraph, Night Fall, Relay

(The piece is 45 minutes long, begins after a short interview)


Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and media artist who specializes in multi-channel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna has performed and exhibited extensively across North America, South America, and Europe, and her radio art/works have been heard on the airwaves of more than 25 countries. In the past year she has been artist in residence at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland, at radioCONA in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at Laznia CCA and the Hel Marine Station in Gdansk, Poland, and at quartier21 in the MuseumsQuartier, Vienna Austria.  She was a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2011-2013, and Anna joined the Film and Digital Media department at University of California Santa Cruz as Assistant Professor of Sound in autumn 2015. She is a steering member of the artist collective Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music based in East Iceland.

Recent commissions include an experimental radio art work entitled Two Sleeps for Radio Arts UK, heard on Resonance FM, London and Radiophrenia, Glasgow; a new radio art work for ORF Kunstradio entitled Telefunken Twins created with Konrad Korabiewski and heard on Austrian national public radio; and, together with Toronto-based collective Public Studio, a commission by the City of Toronto for a series of permanent sound sculptures for the Lee-Lifeson Arts Park in Toronto, Canada to be installed in 2016.