New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, based in Toronto, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA’s annual events include: the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art in May, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art in August, NAISA’s participation in the international Art’s Birthday celebration in January, as well as the NAISA Sound Bash Series in March and the SOUNDplay series in November. The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective will be achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.
In the first year that NAISA operated in the Barns, we had to sound proof like crazy, as little attention was given in the building design and construction to the transfer of sound waves from one unit to another and from the Covered Street to the adjacent units on either side of it. From holes in the wall, to no caulking around the steel trusses where they met the drywall, to holes that still exist in the window frame onto the Covered Street - the sounds just drifted in. Sound Art is best appreciated when the full dynamic range of a performance can be appreciated without interference from other sounds.
After having far too many of NAISA’s concerts compromised by events in the Covered Street, NAISA’s staff and its board of directors decided to leave the Barns in order to find a more appropriate venue for its gallery exhibitions and concerts - A space where art can be given a proper context and support.
As of November 1st, NAISA is has temporarily located its administrative office and NAISA Radio to Charles Street Video (CSV) whose partnerships with NAISA date as far back as its early co-productions with CSV and CBC’s Outfront in 2003. CSV is currently located at the ground level of 568 Richmond Street West (Queen & Spadina), in the heart of the artistic West Queen West neighbourhood. NAISA’s workshops and small events will also take place in this location. Detailed contact information, including NAISA’s new mailing address, can be found here.
NAISA’s artistic programming will be held off-site in partnerships with various art galleries, cultural centres and other institutions.