Anna Friz: City at Night (engl)

City at night-malaThursday 16 January,  KC Tobačna001 and radioCona 

Anna Friz City at Night
ob 19:00 exhibition opening
ob 20:00, City at Night live performance
from 10:30 p.m. on radioCona, broadcast over Radio Študent 89.3 MHz

In the Tobačna 001 gallery the project City at Night with instalation White Night  by Anna Friz will be on view. The project will also be included into the FM exhibition by radioCona at 88.8 MHz. The radioCona studio will be set up in the gallery during the exhibition. Each evening it will transmit a program of radio and sound art works by local and international artists.

White Night  (Radiophonic installation and performance) 2014

Since the advent of artificial illumination, the nocturnal urban space is increasingly described by its lighting. The shape and contour of the built environment is outlined by streetlighting, highlighted by mobile car and transport lights, and by lights left blazing in the windows of office towers and store fronts, or recreating daylight over subdivisions, parking lots and sports fields. The stars recede and the sky grows blank from the strength of light pollution, a process accentuated by the typical fog in Ljubljana in winter: no sun, no stars, only diffuse light in a white sky drawn close to the ground.

The ubiquitous infrastructure of the electrical grid powers most nocturnal activity, and its surplus is ticks, static, and hums transmitted by many nodes: buildings, devices, lights, and lines; by damp electrical wires, power stations, connection boxes, irate refrigerators, and ungrounded home entertainment systems alike. Electrical and spectral communication grids overlap and exceed the official city limits, and in these electro-magnetic fields invisible creatures sing on a pale night made indistinct by fog.

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Anna Friz: City at Night
The city at night is a space of potential: filled with pleasure and danger, subversion, reclamation, and escape; described by its transformation from the quotidian arena of day into sites of shadow, ambiguity, and reverie. The nocturnal world of radio is a similarly charged space of potential, relieved of the routines the working day. Electro-magnetic activity is the invisible print of the city, with overlapping fields of activity passing through the built environment. Signals converge and the city is imagined and made.
“City at Night” seeks to rethink and reframe the urban through its nocturnal signals and through incursions across the social spaces and empty places of the city after dark. The resulting work culminates in the form of live nighttime radio performance in radioCona, compositions, and interventions.

:: Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist currently based in Chicago. She specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, where radio is the source, subject and medium of the work. She also composes works for theatre, dance, film and solo performance that reflect upon public media culture or reveal interior landscapes. She has performed and exhibited widely across North America, South America, and Europe, and her radio art/works have been heard on the airwaves of more than 20 countries. Anna holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto, and recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a free103point9 transmission artist.

Anna Friz, residents at KC Tobacna 001 / MGML, were selected and invited by CONA Institute, which produces their activities at residency.

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