Julie Freeman

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Julie Freeman
Born 1972
Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Education Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Known for Digital art, installation art, Sound art

NESTA fellowship, Wellcome Trust Arts Award (2007-8)[1]

TED fellowship (2011-) http://fellows.ted.com/

Julie Freeman (born 1972, Halton, UK)[citation needed] is an artist, her work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores the relationship between science, nature and how humans interact with it.[citation needed]


Freeman's work has focused on using 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 haranguing passersby with fractured sonic samples or by providing an interactive platform from which to view the flap, twitch and prick of dogs’ ears.[citation needed]

In 2005 she launched her most known digital artwork The Lake, which used hydrophones, custom software and advanced technology to track electronically tagged fish and translate their movement into an audio-visual experience.[2][3] The work was developed over three years and supported by Tingrith Coarse Fishery and a two year fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).[4]

She was artist-in-residence at the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University (2007-8) where, with Professor Jeremy J Ramsden, she created works that aimed to increase public understanding of self-assembly and organising processes at the nanoscale, and their potential social impacts and consequences.[citation needed]

Freeman is a graduate of the MA in Digital Arts at the Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London[citation needed], and 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[citation needed].

She is currently based in the Media and Arts Technology lab at Queen Mary University of London.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Public-engagement/Grants/Arts-Awards/index.htm
  2. ^ "Hi-tech fish make their own music". BBC News. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Phil Daoust (13 July 2005). "Taking the piscine". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Underwater artwork". Womans Hour. BBC Radio 4. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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