Julie Freeman

Julie Freeman’s practice explores the relationship between science, nature and how humans interact with it through the transformation of biological processes into sound compositions, objects and visualisations. For over 14 years Freeman has focused on questioning the use of technology to “translate nature” by: amplifying the sound of torrential rain falling on a giant rhubarb leaf; mobilising concrete speakers that lurk in galleries spewing sonic samples; providing an interactive online platform from which to view the flap, twitch and prick of dogs’ ears; using advanced technology to track electronically tagged fish and translate their movement into an audiovisual installation. She is interested in how we allow technology to twist our perception of nature and what is natural.

Freeman often forms collaborations outside of the arts, and she is currently Artist in Residence at the Microsystems & Nanotechnology Centre, Cranfield University, and an Associate Researcher at Goldsmiths Digital Studio. In 2003 Freeman was awarded a NESTA fellowship to develop her practice further, professionally and personally. She is a Wellcome Trust arts awardee and a member of the Cultural Leadership Programmes’ METHOD: Artist as Leader cohort. Freeman holds an MA in Digital Art from the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University. Her work is held in a number of private collections and has been exhibited across the UK, including the ICA and The Science Museum, both in London and internationally in Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia and the USA.

Freeman was founder and director of Studio Fish Ltd, an artist-led creative media organisation. She is a board member of MzTek, an arts collective for women in new media and arts computing. She is a founder of Signal Arts Group, artist-led low cost studio providers and a TED Senior Fellow, and is based at Queen Mary, University of London in the Media & Arts Technology lab.

julie [ AT ] translatingnature.org