Earlid | winter 2018
I was interested not only in the proximity of the desert to the urban, but in the persistence of the human design and will to power, and of the expansion of the insatiable city and its habits of consumption out into areas of wildness.
Anna Friz offers ambient sounds and long, diffuse photographs without definitive understanding of what is being heard or seen—to churn things up. Is it underwater insect sounds or crackly VLF signals?
Both the visual and sonic horizon is vast, making for delirious and exhilarating chaos.
But she didn’t venture into the Chilean desert with the explicit intent of making a documentary about mineral extraction, but to investigate our relationship with digital technology and the materials that comprise them—and our obligations around environmental sustainability.
In this Earlid audio dialogue we speak about the clash of hard and soft, our listening bodies, ruins of the future and how she performs with her collections from the desert’s landscapes. All audio courtesy of Anna Friz and videographer Rodrigo Ríos Zunino, recorded via stereo condenser mics, contact mics, hydrophone, radio and VLF receivers.