The Practice: In her work, Julia Giertz is using sound as the basis of her artistic practice. By drawing on music, physics and our perception of sound, Giertz is mapping bodily and structural responses to vibration. Sonic experiences, that activate the materiality of sound, and the tactile aspect of hearing, are central elements in this work. As a result of her research into sound and perception, Giertz is facilitating sonified spaces where the body undergoes physical adaptation to frequency, geometry and force, allowing for the sound and vibrations to activate a perceptual disturbance where hearing and touch meet.
The piece “Sound as Touch” (2016) seeks to collectively engage our tactile sense through sound, stimulating sympathetic listening. The continuation of this piece is the work “SHRILL”, first part will be developed at Notam in Oslo (2018).
Background: Giertz, originally from Stockholm, Sweden, has a professional background as a dancer and choreographer, touring worldwide between 2009 and 2014. At the same time her interest for electronic music depend and her artistic practice has ever since grown into becoming fully sound based. However, her commitment to somatic sound is an immediate consequence of the inherent physicality of the choreographic practice.
Between 2014-2017 Giertz was studying Environmental Engineering and Physical Geography at Lund University (SE) as a way to place the idea of nature and body in relation to our ecological reality. These studies are today influencing her work as an artist and music producer.
Current: Recently her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, Norberg Festival, Audiorama and Charlottenborg Kunsthal. At present Giertz is collaborating with Marie Topp, Lisa Nyberg, Andros Zins-Browne, Sindri Runudde, Tyler Mathew Oyer amongst others.
Giertz is also working with Popkollo and “Vem Kan Bli Producent”, a program for music-producers and sound engineers identifying as non-binary or/and female.
Please also see her soundcloud
2018 LIAISONS – by choreographer Marie Topp. Partners are MDT (Stockholm) Atalante (Gothenburg), MARC (Kivik), IAC & Inkonst (Malmö), Reykjavik Dance Festival. Music and sound by Julia Giertz. Premiering at MDT in Stockholm, April. (2018)
SHRILL sound piece developed for the 24-channel dome at Notam, Oslo, in additional collaboration with IAC Malmö and EMS Stockholm. (2018)
FISKEDANSEN OCH ANDRA KOSMISKA BEKÄNNELSER a piece by choreographer Sindri Runudde (SE). Music and sound by Julia Giertz. (2018). Partners are Inkonst, Danscentrum Syd, Palladium, Skånes Dansteater and EMS.
FEEDS by choreographer Andros Zins-Browne. Premiering at Weld in Stockholm dec 8th 2017. Sound/music by Giertz.
SOUND AS TOUCH, re-premiering at Audiorama’s 17.4 sound system, as part of MDT’s festival “A Fine Selection: Special Edition”
BODY + BUILDING, an initiative by the danish architect bureau Jac Studios. Giertz sharing her concepts regarding the relationship between sound, body and space.
UNSETTLING – A GUIDED MEDITATION TO THE SEA. A work by Lisa Nyberg with sound/music by Giertz, premiering at the research pavilion at Venice Biennale Opening evening on 7/9. Performance on 9/9 at 16:00
A TRIBUTE TO PAULINE OLIVEROS Residency at IAC (SE) new work. A commission from Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening Institute (US) for the band Cecilia Nordlund & Fullmånen från Helvetet. (Giertz is playing a verity of analog synthesisers)
TEKNODIVER by visual-artist Anne Eckersberg, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, CPH. Spring 2017. Partly developed at Intern Arts Centre, IAC in Malmö. Music for bone-conducting headphones by Giertz.
Musician CECILIA NORDLUND & FULLMÅNEN FRÅN HELVETET, 4 woman band playing songs by Cecilia Nordlund. EP recorded at Christoffer Lundquist’s “The Aerosol Grey Machine Studio” 2016, followed by full length album in 2017. Concerts in Malmö, Gothenburg, Kivik, Växjö, Stockholm.
2016 SOUND AS TOUCH a choreographic sound-piece for 21 speakers. Premiered at Audiorama (Stockholm) Dec 2nd 2016.
Collaborating artist on RELEASE by visual artist Tyler Matthew Oyer, Cirrus Gallery in LA (US) Sept 2016
2015 THE VISIBLE EFFECTS OF FORCE – music & sound. Choreography by Marie Topp (DK), premiere K3, Kampnagel (Hamburg DE). Performances 2016 at Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), Bora Bora (Århus), Diskurs festival (Geißen), YAFS-festival MDT (Stockholm)
Teaching at POP KOLLO, an organization encouraging trans/female people to make and produce electronic music. Giving workshops in electronic music production at Malmö Live Concert Hall. Co-teaching with Cecilia Nordlund, Paula Temple & Karin Dreijer (The Knife)
2014 co-artist in two The Mob productions co-produced by European Dance House network (EDN)’s “Modul Dance European Residency Program” and Kedja’s residency program Wilderness.
2013 Music for FORERUNNING, solo by Marie Topp, building on the notion of Kinetic energies, developed at Workspace Brussels and Københavns Musik Teater (Copenhagen)
Research journey to New Zealand, studying Mana Wahine: feminism within the Maori culture as well as methods for decolonization
Contributor to Liv Strömquist’s book KUNSKAPENS FRUKT
Sound and music for BODYLAND by Oded Graf & Yossi Berg (IS) at Dansehallerne (DK)
2007-2014 The Mob; co-artistic director together with Emma-Cecilia Ajanki (SE/DK) show/performances at Point FMR (Paris) Dansehallerne Cph, Cinars Nordic Showcase (Montreal) Bora Bora (Århus) Teatre Sevelin (Lausanne) Usine C (Geneva) Dansmaekers (Amsterdam) Kulturhuset (Stockholm) Inkonst (Malmö) Diskurs Festival (Gießen) Edgar Varela Gallery (LA) Not Festival (NY) amongst many others.
Performance POGO MOB was selected for Aerowaves 2012
2010 Dancer in Animal Lost (Oded Graf & Yossi Berg) touring France (Montpellier, Paris), the U.K. (London), the U.S. (North Carolina), Sweden (Stockholm), Switzerland (Lausanne, Basel, Chur, St. Gallen), Germany (Bremen), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus), Serbia (Belgrade), Israel (Tel Aviv), Lithuania (Kaunas).
Dancer in Danish Dance Theatre; “Spring Dance Tour”, tour in Denmark.
2014-2017 Environmental Engineering/Physical Geography, at Lund’s University (SE)
2012 Producerprogram, music production, Copenhagen (DK)
2009 – 2005 bachelor in dance and choreography at The National School for Contemporary Dance, Copenhagen (DK)