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Artist Performance: Anna Friz

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anna Friz presents “Aftergrain” at SITE Gallery as part of the 2018 interdisciplinary masterclass Against All Suns. 

If the notion of afterglow refers to the light or luminescence left in the sky after sundown, “aftergrain” could be understand as the sonic and visual noise that remains when most other frequencies are subtracted. In sound, signal and image, Friz’s work “Aftergrain” explores the expressive environment of low fidelity, from interference-prone terrestrial radio beacons to sonic distillations of field recordings to visual projections based on monochrome photography of electrical and communications infrastructure taken in circumstances of low visibility. 

“Aftergrain” is an installation and performance in which the former grain silo is activated by sounds and signals inside the vast cylinders and saturating the spaces below. Friz creates a sonic geography of an island using the full space of SITE Gallery: morse code beacons mark the perimeter while micro-radio transmissions criss-cross the interlocking spaces and mix with sounds of weather, water and electrical fields, accompanied by multiple projections of monochrome photomontage from fieldwork in northern and eastern Iceland over a period of three years. On Thursday March 22, Friz will activate the installation through live performance using field recordings and electronics. Visitors may continue to experience this multi-channel audio and visual work until April 7. 

About the Artist
Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist that specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation, performance and broadcast. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film and solo performance that reflect upon public media culture or reveal expressive interior landscapes. Her current research involves cross-disciplinary sonic practices that highlight unstable systems, open spaces to new interpretations and engage in perceptual feedback. Together with multi-media artist Konrad Korabiewski, Friz is undertaking research in Iceland, California and Chile working with material transformations of sound and signal. 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 and infrastructure. 

About Against All Suns 
Against All Suns in an advanced interdisciplinary seminar presented by the Kathrine G. McGovern College of Arts at the University of Houston that explores space and power, performativity, fiction, individual and collective agency, temporality, site, inhabitation and history. In addition to the seminar, Against All Suns offers a series of co-curricular events featuring contemporary leaders in the fields of visual art, performance, philosophy, art history, creative writing, sociocultural anthropology, sound art, filmmaking and community projects.


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SITE Gallery, 1502 Sawyer St., Houston, TX 77007
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