about julie freeman



Translating Nature.

My work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores how science and technology changes our relationship to nature. Often working collaboratively, I experiment in transforming complex processes and data sets into sound compositions, objects and animations. For the past 15 years I’ve focused on questioning the use of electronic technologies to ‘translate nature’ – whether it is through the sound of torrential rain dripping on a giant rhubarb leaf; a pair of mobile concrete speakers who lurk in galleries spewing sonic samples, by providing an interactive platform from which to view the flap, twitch and prick of dogs’ ears; or using scientific techniques to misguide an audience to manipulate their senses. My ‘pioneering’ work The Lake, used hydrophones, custom software and advanced technology to track electronically tagged fish and translate their movement into an audio-visual experience.

I am or have been:

  • Co-founder of Fine Acts.
  • Art Associate at the Open Data Institute.
  • TED Senior Fellow.
  • Research Fellow Seed Media Group‘s Phyllotaxis Lab, NY. Summer 2012
  • PhD candidate in Media & Arts Technology, Queen Mary, University of London. 2011-presentLepidopteral - detail
  • Member and co-founder of Market Project, researching and sharing new methods or opportunities for artistic professional and economic development. 2010-2012
  • Co-founder of Signal Arts Group, a low-cost artist studio provider in South London. 2010-2016
  • A board member of MzTek, a nonprofit collective with the aim of encouraging women artists to pick up technical skills in the fields of new media, computer arts, and technology. 2009-
  • Associate researcher at Goldsmiths Digital Studio. 2009-2010
  • Cohort member of Method, exploring artist practitioners leadership through the Arts Council’s Cultural Leadership Programme for artist as leaders. 2009
  • Artist-in-residence at Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre, Cranfield University, supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. 2007-2009
  • A NESTA Fellow. Awarded a two year fellowship through an anonymous nomination system enabling time to develop software and hardware systems that expose natural systems, bringing them closer to people. 2003 onwards
  • Steering group member of FreqOUT! an innovative London based community education programme for young people. It seeks to explore the artistic and educational potential of wireless technology in order to engage socially excluded young people living in the 20% most deprived areas of the UK. 2006-2010
  • Co-founder and Director of Studio Fish Ltd, one of the first artist-led organisations set-up solely to use digital media in creative and innovative ways. 1994-2001
  • Graduate of the MA Digital Arts at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London. 1997
  • A trainee taxidermist.
  • A (cold water) swimmer.

Contacts :: email julie |at| translatingnature |dot| org :: call +44 78 6660 9912 :: skype jozfreeman :: twitter @misslake