NAISA Sound Channel September 2023


Newsletter for September 2023 (Vol.18; Iss. 9)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) SOUNDplay Festival 22nd Edition
2) SOUNDplay Exhibitions and Events
3) SOUNDplay Artist Talks and Weekend Intensive
4) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition

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1) SOUNDplay Festival 22nd Edition

September 9 – December 9, 2023
All events at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Hwy 124, South River unless otherwise indicated

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) launches its 22nd edition of the SOUNDplay Festival with works by Don Ritter, Jessica Thompson and Kelly Ruth that use both old and new technologies to explore the theme Remote Connections. This year’s festival will also include the new 48-hour Sound Art Challenge weekend intensive.

“The telephone made it possible to connect people in real time across long distances. As telecommunications and entertainment media continue to expand and diversify in the 21st Century, technological elements find a place in many aspects of the human experience. SOUNDplay’s focus this year will be on media art works that mix old tools and technologies with virtual digital applications that deepen our sense of place and being in the world.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

O telephone by Don Ritter

2) SOUNDplay Exhibitions
September 14 – December 4, 2023
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O telephone
by Don Ritter

Visitors to O telephone experience a contemplative and responsive sound environment comprised of a ringing 1960’s telephone and recordings of voices speaking ‘om.’ The installation recognizes various types of interactions between visitors and the phone, and responds with a corresponding multi-channel sound experience.

Borderline South River: Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
by Jessica Thompson

Borderline is a critical mapmaking project that uses sound to illuminate social and economic differences in local geographies. During the exhibition, visitors are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands by borrowing a toolkit to map sounds in areas of their choice, or by using the Borderline iOS app. The sounds collected will be added to the map on an ongoing basis until the end the exhibition.

SOUNDplay Special Weekend Event
Performances: December 7 – 9 @ 1pm
Artist-guided Installation Experience: December 7 – 9, 10 am to 4 pm
Screening: December 12, 2023
Pay By Donation

Edmonton artist Kelly Ruth will perform at NAISA and in the digital world of Second Life over three consecutive days. She will use the sounds of a weaving loom manipulated by electronics effects pedals and integrate that into her customized environment in Second Life. A screening of her performance will be included in the 12 hour broadcast festival on youTube called youandiarewaterearthfireairoflifeanddeath and organized by Christof Migone.

3) SOUNDplay Artist Talks and Weekend Intensive

Artist Talk and Walking Workshop
by Jessica Thompson
September 9, 1 to 3 pm
FREE Admission

Jessica Thompson will lead a walk through South River to map the sounds of the village using analog and digital forms of mapmaking. Participants will learn about the social and political relationships between sound and place, and together will explore how the sonic landscape in South River has changed following the pandemic. Sounds identified during the soundwalk will be added to a larger sound map of the Almaguin Highlands on exhibit at NAISA. The digital component of the workshop uses the Borderline iOS app.

Artist Talk by Don Ritter
In-Person and On-Line
For Online link on NAISATube, click here
September 14, 7 pm
FREE Admission

Don Ritter will introduce and demonstrate O telephone for online and in-person audiences over the course of a live interview with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland.

48-Hour Sound Art Challenge
October 13 – 15, 3 pm to 3 pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
$283 (includes 2 nights accommodation)
Limited capacity, advance registration required
Click Here to Register

This weekend intensive invites artists to create a sound art miniature in a 48-hour period. The 48-hour Sound Art Challenge will take place at Warbler’s Roost, a 14-acre rural, forested and lake-side property in the Almaguin Highlands. The Sound Art miniature should be an audio or audio-visual work less than 5 minutes in duration that speaks about the ‘here and now’ to someone real or imagined, familiar or unfamiliar.

NAISA will provide assistance with access to its supply of equipment. Participating artists should bring their own portable recording devices and computers and other tools necessary for their creation. Peer learning and sharing will be encouraged throughout the process and NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will facilitate and assist participants. Results of the Challenge will be aired on NAISA Radio after completion.

4) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition Continues

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

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.

Click on the links below for highlights from performances on the Decomposing Piano over the summer:
Duet for Decomposing Piano and ‘Crutch’
Solo performance on the Decomposing Piano
Entire July 29th concert with Julia Breckenridge

Listen here to the CBC Radio interview about this exhibition.

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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