Anna Friz

Anna Friz

Imperfect Breath

fixed medium (2019) 8.40′

Friday 8 July, 2022
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»Imperfect Breath« revolves around two recordings that offered me artistic refuge during a very transient period in my life, when my foundation for being was not a geographical or emotional home, but favorite sounds that I composed with or performed with again and again. The first is a recording of the universal time clock as heard on shortwave radio frequencies, the second a recording of me playing a sruti box [music instrument originating from the Indian subcontinent] in Valparaíso, Chile, with a friend’s dog listening and occasionally barking in the background. The clock recording was transformed via self-cut vinyl records and dub plates; the second is unmodified.
»Imperfect Breath« was commissioned by Avatar, Quebec as part of a sonic dialogue with Chantal Dumas’ work »Le son-refuge«.

Anna Friz (b. 1970 in Vancouver, Canada) is an artist and musician who creates media art, sound and transmission art. She specializes in self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She studied Media Studies at Concordia University in Montréal and received her PhD in Communication and Culture from York University in Toronto in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 Anna Friz partook in a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been presented at festivals worldwide. Her recent awards include a Hellman Fellowship (2018), the Phonurgia Nova residency award (2019) and a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship (2022). In 2015 she joined the Film and Digital Media department at University of California in Santa Cruz, where she is currently Associate Professor.

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