Julie will be introducing the politics of Open Source software and code, and will introduce some of the useful programs, packages and tools available for artists, and tools she uses in her work.
Julie Freeman’s work explores transforming complex processes into sound compositions, objects and visualisations. Her work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores the relationship between science, nature and how humans interact with it. For the past 12 years her work has focused on using electronic technologies to “translate nature” – whether through the sound of torrential rain falling on a giant rhubarb leaf, a pair of mobile concrete speakers lurking in galleries haranguing passers by or by providing an interactive platform from which to view the flap, twitch and prick of dogs’ ears. Her pioneering artwork The Lake used hydrophones, custom software and advanced technology to track electronically tagged fish and translate their movement into an audio-visual experience. Julie holds an MA in Digital Art from the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, and is a NESTA fellow and Wellcome Trust arts awardee. Her work has been exhibited across the UK, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Science Museum, and internationally in Brazil, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia, and the USA.