NAISA Sound Channel July 2019


NAISA Sound Channel

Newsletter for July 2019 (Vol.14; Iss. 7)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art June 17 – Sept 29, 2019
2) Sound Travels Installation Exhibitions
3) Sound Travels Performances
4) SOUNDplay Festival Oct 3, 2019 – January 6, 2020
5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art Jan 17 – Mar 30, 2020

All events below are presented at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON

1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

June 17 – September 29, 2019

NAISA is proud to announce the 21st annual edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

“A sound artist might consider all sounds as the basis for creating auditory experiences. These sounds could include sounds made by common household objects and industrial materials. Some of these sounds might evoke dread, such as those of flies and mosquitos, but when transformed by the sound artist, might also inspire a sense of wonder and delight. Similarly, industrial materials can equally be transformed into an elaborate percussion orchestra. This summer the works included in Sound Travels takes us a little off the beaten track by teasing out the inner beauty inherent within objects that we never thought possible.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Featured this year are interactive installations by Stephanie Castonguay and Sonia Paço-Rocchia, community workshops using discarded materials with Mark Sepic as well as performances by these four artists and Alan Bloor.

2) Sound Travels Installation Exhibits

Elektrik Bugs by Stephanie Castonguay
June 21 – July 22, 2019, Thursday to Monday, 10 am to 4 pm
Pay By Donation

Elektrik Bugs is a sound and light installation created from an electronic workshop with children where they experiment with the concept of how sound waves are transformed into electric signals, allowing this energy to travel through light and be converted back into sound by the means of an amplified solar panel.

Junkestra by Mark Sepic
July 27 – Aug 5, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm

Junkestra is a sound installation made from recycled objects by Mark Sepic in collaboration with children participating in the Near North Enviro-Education Centre’s summer camp program. NAISA welcomes donation of any objects that make interesting sounds and have lived out their domestic usefulness.

Lames @ NAISA by Sonia Paço-Rocchia
Aug 8 – Sept 29, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
Pay By Donation

Lames @ NAISA is an interactive installation for an ensemble of automated musical saws. The piece is a sonic story about what it feels not to walk on the beaten track, the anxiety and the liberty it gives. The composition follows paths that are chosen depending on how the visitors position themselves in the room.

3) Sound Travels Performances

Junkestra by Mark Sepic
July 27, drop-in performance jams with artist, 11am – 3pm
Pay by Donation

On July 27 join Mark Sepic and jam with him on the sculpture – Junkestra – made from locally discarded materials.

Dual Abrasives by Alan Bloor
Aug 31 @ 7pm, $10

Dual Abrasives, will compare two (of many) sound projects of Alan Bloor: Knurl and Pholde. Both of these projects use the treated analog sounds of metals cultures from found objects. Knurl, began in 1994, as an idea to capture the very harsh and abrasive sounds of the welding shops in which Bloor worked. Pholde, which was initiated in 2002, has a more suspenseful, “ambient” sound. In this project, Bloor uses the natural resonances of the metal.

Double-Tranchant @ NAISA by Sonia Paço-Rocchia during Culture Days
Sep 27-29, 2019, 11 am to 3 pm, FREE

Double-Tranchant @ NAISA is a drop-in live performance by Sonia Paço-Rocchia that will take place during Culture Days weekend using musical saws and other instruments inspired by objects that can cut. The performance is a commentary on the contrast between the brute, the sharp and the flexible, the fascinating.

4) SOUNDplay Festival

Oct 3, 2019 – January 6, 2020

SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration. SOUNDplay 2019 features an interactive installation, workshops and performances that explore obsolete technologies and/or conventional music instruments and reintroduce them into today’s multi-layered media landscape.

5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 17 – March 30, 2020

A celebration of Radio and Transmission Art presented by New Adventures in Sound Art. It begins with Art’s Birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues until spring with performances, special radio broadcasts, interactive installations, and workshops at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

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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 Canada Council for the Arts.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art