NAISA Sound Channel December 2021


Newsletter for December 2021 (Vol.16; Iss. 12)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) NAISA is MOVING to its own Permanent Space
2) SOUNDplay Festival
3) SOUNDplay Exhibition
4) SOUNDplay Online Screenings & Livestream events
5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art
6) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

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1) NAISA is MOVING to its own Permanent Space!!

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is proud to announce the start of a new chapter in its continued evolution. NAISA purchased a 1,250 sq ft building in the village of South River on November 30, 2021. NAISA staff and its Board of Directors would like to thank the many supporters who responded to our fundraising campaign this fall. Without their support we would not have been able to secure the funding for this important new milestone for NAISA and its media arts presentation in Northern Ontario. NAISA would also like to acknowledge the integral part played by the Community Forward Fund in making this dream a reality! And thank you to Renée and Gary White for giving NAISA its start in South River.

Please join us in person or online for our opening launch party on January 17th – during Art’s Birthday.

NAISA’s new address as of December 14th will be 313 Highway #124, South River, Ontario, P0A 1X0. Join us for Art’s Birthday on January 17th at 2 pm for an inaugural performance by James Bailey on his The Piano Travels installation being exhibited at NAISA as part of Deep Wireless.

2) SOUNDplay Festival

Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021

NAISA’s 20th anniversary edition of its SOUNDplay festival continues to serve artists and audiences alike with an experimental platform for encouraging new avenues of exploration between sound and new media.


NAISA’s programming theme Digital in Nature is explored and expanded upon by the artists in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival with works that explore relations between human and non-human worlds, perceived and invented reality, as well as human-made and organic phenomena. Like last year, all of the works presented in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival include an online element in one form or another, allowing for audiences to attend from wherever they happen to be. – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

Listen to Darren Copeland describing the SOUNDplay festival on CBC Up North in an interview with Jonathan Pinto:

3) SOUNDplay Exhibition

Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021

WATER Shadows by Julia White
Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
Pay by Donation

WATER Shadows is an installation of sound sculptures that celebrates water, featuring field recordings of watery soundscapes. As one moves through the ‘water temple’ complex of steel sculptures wrapped in discarded bicycle inner tubes, the unique sound ecology of each water-recording site is experienced as one continuous flow. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate in WATER Shadows by recording a personal celebration of water that will be shared online as audio in the Web Water Portal:

4) SOUNDplay Online Screenings & Livestream events

I Eat the Stars with Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong

I Eat the Stars was premiered on Nov 6 in an online show celebrating NAISA’s 20th anniversary. In the video and song production of “I Eat the Stars” Laurel MacDonald has set several poems from “A Responsibility to Awe,” a book of poetry by Montreal-born astronomer and poet Rebecca Elson (1960–1999).

SOUNDplay Screening with Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère

This archive screening presentation from November 20 includes new media artworks by Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère along with discussion and performance presentation by the audience that attended on the Whereby platform.

Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf by Ben Donoghue
On Demand Screening December 6 to 20, 2021
Screening location issued after registration –
$10 (admission fee is optional)

Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf (2017) is a 16 mm feature-length film by Ben Donoghue that presents the daily activity and environment of its eponymous Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, providing a window into a portion of the invisible labour underpinning the Canadian economy. The film brings the deep winter landscapes of coastal Quebec into dialogue with intensive industrial activity of ore shipments from the mines of the Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean. The film embraces context, giving duration and breath to the images and sounds of the journey. Through a slow observational form the film brings the viewer onto the ship and into the journey. The adaptation of the cinema version to online presentation has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council through the Exhibition Assistance program

Slow Observational Form, an artist talk by Ben Donoghue
December 11, 7 pm EDT (UTC -4)
Online Event location provided after advance registration
$10 (admission fee is optional)

Ben Donoghue discusses the form and techniques behind the revised online print of his “slow observational film” from 2017 entitled Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf. He will also include details on adapting the 16mm film and 5.1 soundtrack to online presentation.

5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art

January 17 to March 29, 2022

The 21st edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art opens on Art’s Birthday on January 17 with eight weeks of events at the new NAISA North Media Arts Centre at 313 Highway 124 in South River. Featured this year is an installation by James Bailey entitled The Piano Travels, hybrid events featuring new works by Trevor Wishart and Claude Schryer, as well as special programming with artists and producers from the Constellations Audio podcast series. NAISA’s current theme of Digital in Nature is explored in Deep Wireless by featuring radio art and sound art works that examine how the natural world is shaped and transformed by societies through digital adaptations. The 24 hour online audio stream NAISA Radio and the radio program and podcast Making Waves provide the thread that binds all of these events with new special programming that features these artists and more.

6) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

Visit our special YouTube playlist to revisit performances presented by NAISA over the past 20 years. Available are the following with more to be added over the next year:

Videovoce by Laurel MacDonald and Phil Strong, recorded at NAISA Space (Artscape Wychwood Barns) for the SOUNDplay Festival in 2012

Power Play by Anna Friz, Christine Duncan, Richard Windeyer and Richard Lee, recorded at the Drake Hotel for the Deep Wireless Festival in 2006

Hear Now Here by James Bailey, Allison Cameron and Dan Tapper, recorded at NAISA Space (Artscape Wychwood Barns) for the Deep Wireless Festival in 2015

Scies by Sonia Paço-Rocchia, recorded at Ernest Balmer Studio (Tapestry Opera) for the Sound Travels Festival in 2017

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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
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0