NAISA Sound Channel August 2023


Newsletter for August 2023 (Vol.18; Iss. 8)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art 25th anniversary
2) Sound Travels Exhibitions and Remaining Special Events
3) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition and Events
4) SOUNDplay Festival 22nd Edition

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1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art 25th Edition

June 15 – September 4, 2023

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) launched its 25th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art with summer-long events that include indoor and outdoor exhibitions as well as online and in-person concerts. The festival also included NAISA’s annual participation in World Listening Day events in July.

“NAISA marks the 25th anniversary of its Sound Travels Festival by including interactive artworks that imagine alternative ways of listening and responding to the acoustic environment. This year’s Sound Travels artists explore the theme Remote Connections by transforming common everyday sounds through interactive sculptural objects and experiential listening.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

NAISA would like to thank this year’s Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art’s sponsors: Reuten Construction, Charles Street Video and Warbler’s Roost.

Artist Kristine Diekman at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, June 2023

2) Sound Travels Exhibitions and Remaining Special Events

NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River
June 15 – September 4, 2023
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The Sensation of Distribution
by Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters

The Sensation of Distribution is a reprise of Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters’s 2019 work, The Distribution of Sensation, which they created while artists in residence at The Bentway, a large, urban public space situated under an elevated highway in downtown Toronto. The re-installation of this work at NAISA blends the pipe sculptures into a more domestic vernacular. Mounted on NAISA’s exterior walls to impersonate furnace vents and erupting from the ground to suggest rogue plumbing gone awry, The Sensation of Distribution invites visitors to explore the unnoticed or imminent sonic and aesthetic potential of our built environment.

Secret Reception
by Kristine Diekman, Ben Pagac and Tony Allard

Secret Reception combines art and bioacoustics to creatively engage the public in questions about sound reception in more-than-human worlds. This sonic art installation offers new paradigms for hearing, through the design of haptic objects and tactile interfaces that use vibration to transmit sonic information. Drawing on scientific research that examines how insects detect sound through body parts, we transpose insect hearing to the human listening experience using sonic impulses that emulate the way insects receive them.

South River SOUNDwalk
August 15 @ 7pm
Starts at NAISA Media Arts Centre

This South River SOUNDwalk will include as a starting point an exploration of the acoustic character area within South River and how the natural areas accessible to the village have changed since the spring.

3) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition and Events

NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River

Open Improv every Saturday at 1PM – FREE
Final Fundraiser Performance with Guest artist Donna Brock – August 26, 2023, 7:00 pm
Online and In-Person Tickets $12, Advance Registration Required

Local Guest artist Donna Brock will perform with Nadene Thériault-Copeland to bring out the unusual, the percussive, the strange and the beautiful sounds on this ever-changing instrument that continues to surprise and delight so many passersby outdoors at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre on August 26, 2023 at 7pm. For highlights from the June 24th Fundraising Concert, click here for duet for Decomposing Piano and ‘Crutch’ and here for a solo performance on the Decomposing Piano.

The Decomposing Piano has been transforming outside the NAISA North Media Arts Centre since December 2022. It continues to reveal new timbres and shifting tunings by the day and sometimes even by the hour. A YouTube webcam focused on the piano brings out the soundscape of the main thoroughfare through the piano’s decaying architecture. Starting on June 3rd, NAISA will be hosting Saturday jam sessions using the Decomposing Piano which will be facilitated by NAISA Executive Director and pianist Nadene Thériault-Copeland.

Listen here to the CBC Radio interview about this exhibition.

4) SOUNDplay Festival

September 8 – December 12, 2023

NAISA is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual edition of its SOUNDplay Festival. SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration. This year’s festival will feature works by Don Ritter, Kelly Ruth and Jessica Thompson.

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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
313 Highway 124, South River, ON, P0A 1X0