D.O.B: 11/01/1990      e: freya.berkhout@protonmail.com     m: +44 7474362662

WHO AM I?

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I'm Freya, a Creative Technologist and Composer. 
I am a computational artist, composer, thinker and tinkerer. I love to ideate, iterate and problem solve using a very broad skillset — including programming, physical computing, composing, designing, fabricating, testing, debugging and above all, collaborating. I am always about creating immersive, thought-provoking experiences.
I am extremely self-motivated, organised and passionate. I have a proven track record of success in the endeavours I’ve undertaken, but I've also taken my failures as an opportunity to learn and evolve. I strive to be an advocate for women / POC / LGBTQI / differently abled folk in the fields that I’ve existed in over the years, from music and film to tech — because inclusive teams mean genuinely new, innovative and more meaningful work.
Collaborating to come up with imaginative, engaging, artistic and intuitive ways to explore tech is my jam.

EDUCATION

  • Masters in Computational Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2018 (Distinction).
  • Graduate Diploma in Screen Music, Australian Film, Television and Radio School, 2013 (Distinction).
  • Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), University of Sydney, 2011.
    
    

TECH SKILLS

  • openFrameworks / C++, Processing / Java, Unity, Python,
 HTML, projection mapping, graphics, data visualisation.
  • Music Programming: Max/MSP, SuperCollider.
  • Physical Computing: Arduino, Particle Photon, Raspberry Pi.
  • Machine Learning: Wekinator, knowledge of ML algorithms, working knowledge of Tensor Flow.
  • Fabrication: Laser cutting, 3D printing, Fusion 360, Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Music Software: ProTools, Logic, Sibelius, synthesis.
    
    

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

  • Project Manager, MA / MFA Computational Art Final Exhibition, Echosystems, 2018
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 Project managed Goldsmiths Computing Department’s biggest exhibition to date, with 46 artists exhibiting (myself included).
 Focus on managing budget and curation as well as design, 
social media, technical and web teams to establish Goldsmiths 
as the Computational Arts show to watch. 
  • Student Representative, MA Computational Art,
 Goldsmiths, University of London, 2018.
 Computing Department representative responsibilities included
 collecting feedback from our 50+ strong cohort and working with the Department to implement positive change in the 
course.
  • Leader, Climate Symphony Workshops, UK, 2017
. Lead groups of 30+ participants to technically and creatively sonify climate change data to create musical works performed at The Serpentine Gallery. Funded by Arts Council England.
    
    

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Recipient of Goldsmiths International Scholarship,	2017 - 2018
  • Invitee to Women Techmakers, Google International
 Women’s Day Summit, Sydney, 2017
  • Recipient of 5 year UK Exceptional Talent Artist Visa from Arts Council England, 2016

  • Recipient of Australia Council ArtStart Funding, 2014
  • Recipient of Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional
 Talent (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), 2013
  • Winner of Sydney Festival Soundtrack Competition.
 Winning song Picnic! featured in online, radio and television advertising campaign for Sydney Festival, 2013
  • Music Synchronisation deal, Northern Territory
 Red Centre Tourism Campaign with track Pixiphony, 2011 - 2013
  • Winner of Qantas Spirit of Youth Award for Music, 2010
  • Recipient of Australia Council Soundclash Grant, 2010


EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS

  • Lumina, interactive light and sound installation in exhibition as part of Echosystems, MA Computational
 Arts Final Show, London, 2018
  • Projection mapping and generative art in exhibition at A.P.T Gallery as part of Expanding Systems, alongside Casey Reas, Deptford, London, 2018
  • Freeze Fermata, generative audiovisual exhibition at Bargehouse (South Bank), Architecture
 Film Festival, London, 2017

  • Climate Symphony, multimedia project sonifying climate change data in partnership with 
Disobedient Films, Forma Arts / Arts Council
 England, UK, 2017


NOTABLE FILM PROJECTS

  • Black As Me, directed by Santilla Chingaipe, 2017

    (Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne)
  • Australia’s Impressionists, documentary series, National Gallery London (Wildbear Entertainment), UK, 2016
  • Highway, directed by Vanessa Gazy, 2016
 
    (Academy Awards®-qualifying Warsaw International Film Festival [POL], BFI London Film Festival [UK], Palm Springs International Shorts Fest [US])
  • Dunhill Clubs London & Shanghai Online Campaign, UK, 2015
  • FOAL, directed by Vanessa Gazy, 2015
 
    (Academy Awards®-qualifying Cannes Film Festival [FR],
 Sydney Film Festival [AUS], St Kilda Film Festival [AUS])
  • Gucci Pre-Fall Online Campaign, UK
 (Meri Media, London), 2014
    
    

REFEREES

  • Dr Theo Papatheodorou - Course Leader MA / MFA 
Computational Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London
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    email: t.papatheodorou@gold.ac.uk
  • Dr Atau Tanaka - Professor of Media Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
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    email: a.tanaka@gold.ac.uk
  • Adam Townsend - UK / Europe Member Relations, Australian Publishing Rights Association
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    email: ATownsend@apra.com.au


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WHERE AM I FROM?

Sydney-born, currently London-based. Moving back to Sydney in December 2018.


TRIVIA?

I like to call my style bonkers-chic.
I have a lifelong addiction to satay sauce and strawberries (not together). 
I’m vegan and a passionate environmentalist, with particular interest in sustainable, ethical and vintage fashion and food politics. 
I’ve been learning Japanese intensively for a year.




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