Julie Freeman

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Julie Freeman
Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
EducationLansdown Centre for Electronic Arts
Known forDigital art, installation art, Sound art
AwardsNESTA fellowship, Wellcome Trust Arts Award (2007-8)[1] TED fellowship (2011-) http://fellows.ted.com/

Julie Freeman (born 1972 in Halton, UK)[2] is an artist whose work spans visual, audio and digital art forms and explores the relationship between science, nature and how humans interact with it.[3]


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.[4][5] The work was developed over three years and was supported by Tingrith Coarse Fishery (which was run by the artist's mother) and a two-year fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).[6] It was exhibited at the Tingrith Fishery in Bedfordshire.[4][5]

She was artist-in-residence at the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University (2007-9)[7] 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]

External video
Julie Freeman at TED from Flickr.jpg
Julie Freeman's Data as Culture, 3:33, TED talks
Data becomes art in Julie Freeman’s “We Need Us”, 1:39, TEDBlog

Freeman is a graduate of the MA in Digital Arts at the Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London[7] and Board Member of nonprofit collective MzTEK (which encourages women artists to pick up technical skills).[7] She has been featured on the BBC World Service programme The Science Hour[8] and The Guardian's online Tech Weekly podcast.[9]

She is currently a PhD student[7] and research technician in the Media and Arts Technology lab at Queen Mary University of London.[10]


  1. ^ http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Public-engagement/Grants/Arts-Awards/index.htm
  2. ^ "Julie Freeman". Saatchi Art. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women — TED Fellows". Medium. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  4. ^ a b "Hi-tech fish make their own music". BBC News. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  5. ^ a b Phil Daoust (13 July 2005). "Taking the piscine". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Underwater artwork". Womans Hour. BBC Radio 4. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "About Julie Freeman". Translatingnature.org. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ "The Science Hour - Hepatitus C vaccine". BBC World Service. 8 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Art in the age of the internet" (podcast). theguardian.com. 4 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Julie Freeman". Queen Mary University of London. Retrieved 6 March 2016.

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