Anna Fritz is media, sound and transmission artist, working across platforms to present installations, broadcasts, films and performances. Her creative and scholarly works often reflect upon media ecologies, land use, infrastructures, time perception, radio and transmission art histories, and critical fictions. She specializes in self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. Her focus is on a series of audiovisual works under the title We Build Ruins, which expressively consider mining and industrial corridors in the high altitude desert in northern Chile; and a 22-hour radio art work based on field recordings along the northern California coast within the fog line, commissioned for Radio Art Zone, a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022 was broadcasted in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM.
In 2015 she joined the Film and Digital Media department at University of California Santa Cruz, where she is currently Associate Professor. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Sound (2011-2013), funded by the Fonds de recherche Québec – société et culture (FRQ). She earned her Ph.D. in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto in 2011; her dissertation is entitled The Radio of the Future Redux: Rethinking Transmission Through Experiments in Radio Art.
In 2011 she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award (Toronto) and the Betty Mitchell award (Calgary) for excellence in composition and sound design for theatre, received 2nd place in the Prix Palma Ars Acoustica 2014, a finalist for the Phonurgia Nova Sound Art Prize in 2017, and winner of a Phonurgia Nova residency award in 2019. Anna has also been awarded a Hellman Fellowship (2018) and a Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship (2022). She is currently collecting her writings on radio and transmission art into a book, and will be installing "Solar Radio Wavefarm" (2022), a permanent site-specific installation created in collaboration with Peter Courtemanche, at Wave Farm transmission arts center in Upper Hudson Valley, New York.