Anna Friz

Assistant Professor, Film & Digital Media
Sound studies and production, radio and transmission art, media history, media ecologies, media art installation and performance, environmental art, methodologies for research creation, feminist histories of technology, community and pirate media.
Phone: 831-459-4514
Fax: 831-459-1341
Office: 125 Communications
Education and Training: 
Ph.D. York University (Toronto)
M.A. Concordia University (Montreal)
B.A. University of British Columbia
Research Interests: 

Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, and media studies scholar. Since 1998, she has created and presented new audio art and radiophonic works internationally in which radio is often the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also composes atmospheric sound works and sonic installations for theater, dance, film, and solo performance that reflect upon public media culture, media ecologies, political landscapes and infrastructure, time perception, the intimacy of signal space, and speculative fictions. Current projects include We Build Ruins, a large scale sound-focused media art installation expressively considering mining and industrial corridors in the high altitude deserts in northern Chile, and ongoing projects concerning radio beacons, air traffic control, and military monitoring vs. citizen listening. Consistent collaborators include sound and media artists Konrad Korabiewski, Emmanuel Madan, and Jeff Kolar. She also works with the Toronto-based collective Public Studio to create multi-channel film installations and sculptures which critically consider the social politics of landscape, environment and urban systems.

Presentations of her work in the past year include Ars Electronica Big Concert Night (Linz, Austria), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), SITE Gallery (Houston), Wayward Music Series/Nonsequitur (Seattle), Tsonami Festival de Arte Sonoro (Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile), the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Il suono in mostra sound art festival (Udine, Italy), Technosonics XVII: Transmission festival (University of Virginia), Radiophrenia (Glasgow, Scotland), Ausland (Berlin), and Kunstradio on the cultural channel of Austria's national radio. She was one of the core curatorial team for the Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival held in Halle (Saale) Germany in October 2016, and together with Public Studio, recently completed a City of Toronto commission for a permanent sound installation in the Lee Lifeson Arts Park in Willowdale, Toronto entitled One Hundred and Twenty Mirrors. 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. From 2011-2013 she held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec – société et culture (FRQ).

Anna sits on the board for the Wave Farm in Acra, New York, an artist-run transmission arts center with whom she has been affiliated since 2002, and is a long time contributor and collaborator with ORF Kunstradio, Vienna Austria. She is a steering member of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music, an independent artist-run organization, established in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. Skálar acts as both an artist collective and a mobile curatorial platform, hosting an artist residency, international exchanges, and limited edition releases of audio and audio-visual works.

Selected Publications: 


Book chapters:

"The Ruminations and Reveries of an Icelandic Fishing Trawler," in NS-12. Konrad Korabiewski and Kristján Loðmfjörð, eds. Berlin, Germany: Hatje Cantz, (forthcoming, 2018).

"30 Radio Days and Nights," in Radio Revolten: Thirty Days of Radio Art. Knut Aufermann, Sarah Washington, and Ralf Wendt, eds. Leipzig, Germany: Spector (forthcoming 2018).

“Transmission Art: Playing with Waves,” in Dancing in the Dark: Radio by Artists. Heidi Grundmann and Elizabeth Zimmermann, eds. Berlin, Germany: Revolver, (forthcoming).

"The Art of Unstable Media", in Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada. Langlois, Andrea, Ron Sakolsky, and Marion van der Zon, eds. New Star Books, 2010. pp. 167-180.

“The Loudspeaker as Instrument: The Soundworks of Nancy Tobin”, reprinted in Design and Scenography (Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, Volume 15). Rewa, Natalie, ed. Toronto, Ontario: Playwrights Canada Press, 2009. pp. 81-90.

"You are far from us", in Acoustic Space 7: Illuminating Investigations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Silina, Daina et al, eds. Riga and Liepaja, Latvia: MPLab and RIXC, 2008. pp. 135-141.

"Becoming Radio", in Re-inventing Radio: Aspects of Radio as Art. Grundmann, Heidi, et al, eds. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Revolver, 2008. pp. 87-102.

"Vacant City Radio." in In the Place of Sound: Architecture|Music|Acoustics. Ripley, Colin., with M. Polo and A. Wrigglesworth, eds. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. pp. 15-25.

"The Social Life of Radio." in Relating Radio: Communities, Aesthetics, Access. Foellmer, Golo, and Sven Thiermann, eds. Leipzig: Spector, 2006. pp. 124-131.

Recent curation:
Co-curator, Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival, Halle (Saale), Germany, October 1-30, 2016; Exhibition in the state museums of Halle, October-December 2016. 

Radio Web MACBA: Interruptions series: The Little People in the Radio Present..., autumn 2015.

Cross Waves Series #6: Material Sounds; New Adventures in Sound Art, Toronto, summer 2015.

Co-curator, The Remote Series; 5-part radio art series commissioned by the Creative Audio Unit, Radio National, Australia; produced by Skálar FM, December 2014-March 2015.