NAISA Sound Channel: June 2019

NAISA Sound Channel

Newsletter for June 2019 (Vol.14; Iss. 6)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) NAISA 2019 Themed Call for Submissions: Transformations
    Deadline June 24th
2) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art June 17 – Sept 29, 2019
3) Sound Travels Installation Exhibitions
4) Sound Travels Performances
5) Sound Gathering Workshop at Bentway

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

1) NAISA 2019 Themed Call For Submissions: Transfomations

     Deadline June 24, 2019

Categories: Transmission Art/Radio Art, Electroacoustic Music/Sound Art, Interactive Installation Art, and Other
Go to for full information and the on-line application.

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Transformations for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2020 programming.

One definition of Transformation is: a marked change in form, nature or appearance. This can be seen in the numerous changes we have been experiencing over the last 10 years in how media artists have used technological advances to create works of art that reflect the transformation of our planet, human experience, social changes, ecological changes caused by overextended use of natural resources, and how technological advances have changed how we experience art. This also applies just as much to media artists who are using old technologies in new ways to transform the use and/or perception of how art is experienced.

For its 2020 programming, NAISA is interested in submissions of work that address the ideas related to the theme Transformations and creative ways that this theme can be explored. Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme Transformations. Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged, but should be realized with sound as the primary component. NAISA would also like to encourage artists to submit works on the theme for performance, interactive installation exhibit, audio-visual screening, radio or internet broadcast, telematics, VR/gaming, mobile experiences and any other emerging or alternative formats that include sound as a primary element.

Please complete in full the online submission form and upload your support materials by midnight on June 24, 2019. Note: there is a $5 submission fee in order to defray the cost of processing the submissions. All works chosen for presentation will receive an artist fee. Only those artists being considered for presentation will be contacted.

2) 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 Constanza Piña and Mark Sepic as well as performances by these four artists and Alan Bloor.

3) 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.

4) Sound Travels Installation Performances

BlackFly-DroneMachine by Constanza Piña
Performance – June 27 at 7 pm, Pay By Donation

Participate in an outdoor public performance using the BlackFly-DroneMachine, which is an electronic device that amplifies buzzing sounds from inside a jar while the audience/performers rotate speakers on sticks. These sounds could be interpreted to be flies, vibrating motors or fans.

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.

5) Sound Gathering Workshop at Bentway

250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto. FREE.


On June 9 at 1pm, join The Bentway’s Artists in Residence – Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters – for a Sound Gathering Workshop presented in collaboration with NAISA. Participants will learn about sound recording in the field, the role that architecture and infrastructure have on acoustics, and will be asked to consider how sound affects their lives and what they might want to do to change or maintain aspects of their sonic environment. Afterwards, participants will be guided through a group recording exercise in which they’ll fan out across The Bentway and make recordings. These recording will then be used by Mitchell Akiyama in his exhibition at Trinity Square Video the following weekend. Participants will use their phones to make the recordings. Please bring a working smartphone.

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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, Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation.

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