Call for Submissions: Digital in Nature

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NAISA Call for Submissions DIGITAL IN NATURE

Deadline: May 14, 2021

Categories: Sound Art/Electroacoustic, Videomusic, Radio/Transmission Art, Installation Art

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New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Digital in Nature for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 20th anniversary programming in 2021 and 2022.

Over its 20 year history NAISA’s presentations have been navigating a continuum that at one end includes works produced entirely in and for the digital realm, and on the other end, digital works that include or respond to natural or socially organized phenomena. We ask artists to reflect on the impact of digital technology on their works and/or how their digital works convey or transform the natural world.

Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme Digital in Nature. Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged, but works should be realized with sound as their primary component. A variety of presentation formats are possible for in-person or online events, such as performances, installation exhibitions, audio-visual screenings, radio or internet broadcasts, mobile experiences and any emerging or alternative digital media formats that include sound as a primary element. NAISA is interested in exploring online presentation contexts that expand social communities and invite a multitude of voices for online sharing, learning and discussion. Works of any duration are encouraged, but special consideration will be given to works that are 5 minutes or less.

Due to the ongoing health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, works that require artist travel or public gatherings may not be supported. All works presented will receive a honorarium. NAISA is not able to provide financial support towards the creation and research phases of a presentation.

This year’s call includes consideration for two special awards:

The James Bailey Award – a $300 award that will recognize a work submitted by a Canadian artist to NAISA’s call for submissions which best exemplifies an inventive and adventurous spirit and pushes the boundaries of radio and transmission art. Special consideration will be given for a work submitted by an artist who is new to the field of radio and transmission art. This annual award has been established by NAISA from a gift made by Kevin Austin.

The Andra McCartney Mentorship Award – a mentorship residency awarded to an artist who has submitted a work and is new to the field of sound art who lives in Northern Ontario.


New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0
705-386-0880