Art's Birthday is a yearly manifestation of the Fluxus concepts of the "Eternal Network" as well as spontaneous, ongoing creation- art as life. Anna Friz came on Art's Birthday to discuss current hybrid radio practises and examples of her own work within the context of these yearly international celebrations that link artists through
mail, telephone, radio broadcast, online streaming of sound and image, and now satellite.
This Upgrade event capped off the Art's Birthday Exchange Art Festival that ran from Friday, January 14th to Monday, January 17th. The festival represents a time-based collaborative event featuring on-site performances, concerts, radio-broadcasts, and generative art installations by the international group of artists within the virtual Reverie: Noise City.
For the past six years Anna has created self-reflexive radio works where radio is the source, subject, and
medium of the work. She was volunteer coordinator and eventually programme coordinator for CiTR FM
(1997-2000), where, among other things, she curated 24 Hours of Radio Art for Art's Birthday in 1999 and 2000
in conjunction with Front and Kunstradio events.
Anna has presented installation and solo performance works incorporating low-watt FM transmission at the
Western Front in Vancouver, Send + Receive Festival in Winnipeg (2000, 2004), Tone Deaf Festival in Kingston,
Studio XX and the Société des arts technologiques in Montreal; as well as at free103point9 gallery in
Brooklyn, PS 122 in New York City, the Third Coast Audio Festival in Chicago, Ars Electronica 2002 in
Linz, and at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. She has produced numerous original radio works for Kunstradio,
Austria, for campus/community radio stations across Canada and the U.S.; and for public radio in Canada,
Austria, Denmark and Mexico. Together with Annabelle Chvostek, Anna toured The Automated Prayer Machine in
winter 2004 to the Digitales festival, Brussels, and Transmediale, Berlin; as well as venues in Rotterdam,
Hamburg, Vienna and Bratislava; Rad'a Gallery Montreal, Send+Receive Festival of Sound in Winnipeg,
and the Western Front.
Current projects include the touring NRRF Radio Roadshow together with Montreal artists Chantal Dumas
and Emmanuel Madan, and Anna is one of a group of artists in residence for Reverie: Noise City at
the Western Front.