Dr Julia Drouhin is a French Australian artist, curator and academic based in Tasmania.
She explores friction in sociality through radioscapes, installations and collaborative performances.
Her site specific and online playgrounds reshape common mythologies using field recordings and electromagnetic frequencies as well as textiles, edible and found objects.
Her work had been presented in galleries, art centers and festivals in Europe, Brazil, South Africa and Australia, as well as broadcast on terrestrial airwaves and online radios.
She is the founder, curator and primary performer of “Sweet Tribology”, a touring radio picnic made by 40 female artists in partnership with S.P.A.T.(Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania) which involves creating, listening to and eating chocolate records, presented at RadioRevolten2 Festival (Germany), Motto Gallery (Germany) and MONA (Tasmania) in 2016, and commissioned by LABoral (Spain) in 2015, for which she run a Pozible crowdfunded campaign that received support from Crowbar Arts Tasmania.
She was the recipient of Next Wave’s Emerging Curator Program 2016 with Phillipa Stafford in partnership with Liquid Architecture for Sisters Akousmatica, a 7 hour street radio walking acousmonium with female performers broadcast live in 7 public spaces.
She was an artist for MEQ festival (2017-Humain Trop Humain CDN-France), Radiophrenia (2017-Scotland), Hobiennale (2017-Tasmania), Fair-Play (2017-France), Datsha Radio (2017-Germany), RIU Gallery-Reframe Images Unconventionally (2016-Italy), RadioRevolten2 (2016-Germany), Motto Gallery (2016-Germany), Junction Festival (2016-Tasmania) Constance ARI (2015-Tasmania), Krake Festival (2015-Germany), Spektrum (2015-Germany) Underbelly Festival (2015-Western Australia), Dark Mofo festival (2014-Tasmania), Ars Electronica (2014-Austria), Miss Despoinas Pataphysical Salon (2014-Tasmania), B.O-Bande Originale (2014-France), Brouillage Festival (2014-France), Networked Art Forms: Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits (2013-Tasmania), Sonic Protest Festival (2013-France), Splendour in the Grass (2013-Western Australia), Mona Foma (2013-Tasmania), Süden radio (2013-Italy/Germany), Mobile Radio (2013-Sao Paulo Art Biennale), SoundFjord Gallery (2012-UK), resonanceFM (2008-UK), France Culture (2011), Mobile Radio (2012-Germany), Mains d'Oeuvres (2010-France), Booze Cooperativa (2007-Greece), Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University (2004-New York City, USA).
She co-founded the international Radiophonic Creation Day (100 artists and 56 galleries / radios worldwide ) and Pediluv broadcast for Radio Campus Paris(2008>2011) with Coraline Janvier as well as the French electronic and electroacoustic music Kontact sonoreS festival (2008>2013) with Simon Drouhin and Tania Buisse.
She was the curator of “I Married a Dead Ice-cream”, a radio event with 24 artists who created soundtracks to accompany individualised, flavoured ice-creams to be eaten on a public plaza commissioned by LABoral (Spain) in 2014.
In 2013, she co-curated “Klapperstein”, a 24 hour international sound art headphone festival at the Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania) in the Barrel Room through “Le Placard” online platform with 40 musicians.
She was a programming associate for Dark Mofo festival 2013 and project manager for the first Pierre Henry's acousmonium concert by distance for Mona Foma festival 2012 from Paris.
She was granted of Vrystaat Arts Festival (2018), Australia Council for the Arts-emerging and experimental arts (2017), Arts Tasmania Artist Investment Development and Delivery Program (2017-2016), Claudio Alcorso International Residency (2016), RAF Quick Response Grant (2016), Situate Art Lab (2016), Regional Arts Fund Small Community Grant (2016), Arts Tasmania Historic And Cultural Residency (2016), Next Wave’s Emerging Curator Mentorship (2016) in partnership with Liquid Architecture, Australia Council for the Arts - Music (2015), City of Melbourne (2015), Pozible crowdfunded campaign (2015) with Crowbar Arts Tasmania, National Experimental Art Forum (2015), 6th Giuseppe Englert prize (2014-Switzerland), curator residency at LABoral (Spain-2014+2015), Artsbridge (2014), GRM (Musical Research Group) INA (2013) residency with Phonurgia Nova award (2012), Paris, France.
She is an associate researcher for L.A.M.U. (Urban Music and Acoustic Laboratory-France) and a committee member of the International Radio Art (and Creative Audio for Trans-media) Research Group.
She gives lectures and conferences based on her practice and her Ph.D in aesthetics, sciences and technology about the art of walking and radio performances completed at the University of Paris 8 (France-2011).
She was born in Strasbourg, France in 1983 and lives and works in Tasmania with her husband and 2 kids.
In one episode of the online Tasmanian series “Women of the Island” entitled “The Radiophonic Artist“, filmmaker Rebecca Thomson and an all female production team profiled sound performance artist Julia Drouhin, who makes music with the static from radios and homemade chocolate records that can be played and then be eaten.