Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, writer and scholar who divides her time between Toronto and Montréal. From the childhood fiction of "the little people in the radio" to documentary remixes of live political events, she creates dynamic, atmospheric works equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal interior landscapes.
Friz became actively involved in Canadian independent community radio in 1993, and has consistently programmed a weekly show at either CiTR (Vancouver), CKUT (Montréal), or CKLN (Toronto) ever since, as well as initiating special programming events. She was programme director at CiTR from 1997-2000 where she curated 24 Hours of Radio Art in 1999 and 2000.
Since 1998 Friz has predominantly created self-reflexive radio works for international broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She creates full-length performances and installations utilizing up to four FM transmitters and a multitude of radio receivers, and has presented these and other works at festivals and venues across North America, and in Europe and Mexico: The Clandestine Transmissions of Pirate Jenny (2003), Radio CRTX (2003), The Automated Prayer Machine (with Annabelle Chvostek, 2004), La Vida Secreta de la Radio (2005), and You are far from us (2006). Her radio works have been heard on licensed and unlicensed airwaves across Canada and U.S.A., in Mexico and across Europe, and on national public radio in Canada, Austria, Germany, Danmark and Mexico. She also intermittently hosts Radio Free Parkdale from her house in Toronto.
Anna Friz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Joint Programme in Communications and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities in Toronto, and a free103point9 transmission artist.
Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson created Dancing Walls Stir the Prairie, which is being played at Elastic on October 26.