Image:  Julia Drouhin on site in Bloemfontein, South Africa (2016) for her project  A.I.R. 

Image: Julia Drouhin on site in Bloemfontein, South Africa (2016) for her project A.I.R. 

Julia Drouhin is a sound artist and curator who explores sociality through radioscapes, installations and collaborative performances. Her site specific playgrounds reshape our common mythologies using field recordings as well as textiles, edible or found objects.

Her work had been presented in galleries, art centers and festivals in Europe, Brazil and Australia, as well as broadcast on FM and online radio.

She is currently touring her international radio picnic Sweet Tribology and is the recipient of Next Wave’s Emerging Curator Program in partnership with Liquid Architecture (with Pip Stafford) for Sisters Akousmatica.

She was granted of a Phonurgia Nova award (France-2012), a residency at GRM / INA (France-2013) and the R.A.M.E.’s 6th Giuseppe Englert prize (Switzerland-2014). She has received support from the Australia Council for the Arts (2015), City of Melbourne (2015), Arts Tasmania Crowbar (2015) and Artsbridge (2014).

She is an associate researcher for L.A.M.U. (Urban Music and Acoustic Laboratory-France) and a committee member of the International Radio Art (and Creative Audio for Trans-media) Research Group. She completed her PhD in aesthetics, sciences and technology about the art of walking and radio performances at the University of Paris 8 (France-2011).

She lives and works in Tasmania.

A.I.R. (Altitude Immersive Radio), Vrystaat Arts Festival 2018

A.I.R. (Altitude Immersive Radio) is a radio walk, a poetry book launch, a street performance, a community artwork, a cloud of transmission, a wearable antenna, a relay of live broadcasts, a lost lover picnic in public space.

Based on posters seen in the streets of Bloemfontein, a Lost Lover book was written in collaboration with South African and Tasmanian writers between 2016 and 2018 as a score for the performance. Wordsmith and local field recordings will be received by moving bodies and radio balloons, embodying both the poetry and the airwaves. 

A.I.R.(Altitude Immersive Radio) is the 2018 Signature project of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), an Arts initiative by the University of the Free State and the Vrystaat Art Festival, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Public Art Project (PAP), SITUATE Art in Festivals, Adelaide Tambo Public Library, Australia Council for the Arts, broadcast by MED FM, CUT FM, Mosupatsela FM, Motheo FM.

A.I.R. was exhibited at the 2018 Vrystaat Arts Festival: