about public studio

Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Since 2009, Public Studio has employed a diverse range of media resulting in large-scale public art works, films, immersive installations, lens-based works and socially engaged projects. Public Studio was founded with the intent of exploring antagonisms that occur in and around public space and its disappearance; current instabilities; and the effects of globalization on our everyday landscapes.Their multidisciplinary practice has engaged topics such as war and militarization, ecology and urbanization and political dissent. With backgrounds in photography, film and architecture, the point of departure for Public Studio is an image that is often formed and informed spatially. Their photographs and immersive film installations consider the relationship between ethics and aesthetics through landscape. Central to their work is the role of aesthetic judgment and not just how to “make meaning,” but how to “make meaning matter.”

Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. She was raised in Montreal and Jerusalem and holds a PhD in Visual Arts. She is an alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program where she mentored with Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler.

Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. After working for the award-winning firm MJM Architects, she founded her  independent practice, Public Studio Architecture.

Public Studio is based in Toronto, Canada.


about our collaborators

Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal expressive interior landscapes. Anna has performed and exhibited widely across North America, South America, and Europe, and her radio art/works have been heard on the airwaves of more than 25 countries. In the autumn of 2015 she will be joining the Film and Digital Media department at University of California Santa Cruz as Assistant Professor of Sound. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto, and recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a steering member of the artist collective Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music based in Iceland and Berlin.


curricula vitae

Elle Flanders (*.pdf download)
Tamira Sawatzky (*.pdf download)