NAISA Sound Channel October 2021

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Newsletter for October 2021 (Vol.16; Iss. 10)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art
www.naisa.ca

1) SOUNDplay Festival
2) SOUNDplay Exhibition
3) SOUNDplay Online Screenings & Livestream events
4) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection launches Oct 7

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1) SOUNDplay Festival

Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021
https://naisa.ca/festivals/soundplayseries/

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.

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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: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-84/clip/15869073

2) SOUNDplay Exhibition

Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021
https://naisa.ca/festivals/soundplayseries/installations/

WATER Shadows by Julia White
Sept 26 – Dec 13, 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
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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: http://www.juliawhite.ca/water-shadows-south-river

3) SOUNDplay Online Screenings & Livestream events

https://naisa.ca/festivals/soundplayseries/performances/

I Eat the Stars with Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong
November 6, 7 pm EDT (UTC -4)
https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Online Event location provided after advance registration
$10 (admission fee is optional)

This performance launches a two year project created to celebrate NAISA’s 20th anniversary that includes new works by Canadian media artists. In this YouTube livestream performance of I Eat the Stars (hosted with audience discussion on Whereby) Laurel MacDonald continues her exploration of videomusic settings of poems from Rebecca Elson’s collection A Responsibility to Awe which she premiered at the Women in Space Festival earlier this year. The performance will also include a screening of Laurel MacDonald and Phil Strong’s Videovoce performance from 2012 which is part of the NAISA 20th Anniversary video collection on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/naisatube/)

SOUNDplay Screening with Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère
November 20, 7 pm EDT (UTC -4)
https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Online Event location provided after advance registration
$10 (admission fee is optional)

This screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao’s Bone and Air is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The video also invites audience members to participate. Roserade by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself.

Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf by Ben Donoghue
On Demand Screening December 6 to 20, 2021
Screening location issued after registration – https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
$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)
https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
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.

4) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

Available after October 7, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/naisatube/

Visit our special YouTube playlist to revisit performances presented by NAISA over the past 20 years. Available after October 7 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
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705-386-0880