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 will be temporarily locating 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.
NAISA's artistic programming will be held off-site in partnerships with various art galleries, cultural centres and other institutions. Detailed contact information is available on our web site can be found here.
October 3 - 30, 2015
NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
& other locations
The 2015 edition features interactive installations, artist talks and media art performances that pay special tribute to the NAISA Space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. Every nook and cranny that has an interesting sound has been mic’d and processed by sound artist and NAISA staff member Matt Miller to provide artists and audience alike with a palette of timbres and rhythms to remix and re-compose.
by Jane Tingley and Michal Seta
October 3, 2015, 7:00 pm to 7:00 am
New Media Installation
co-produced by the City of Toronto and OCAD University in association with New Adventures in Sound Art
OCAD University (Great Hall), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Re-Collect This immersive interactive sculptural sound and light installation is designed to evolve through interaction. The piece is built around a central spinal cord of fiber optic cabling and data wires, which feed sound and light to 30 suspended semi-transparent sonic objects. These objects contain sensors, LEDs, fiber optics, speakers and microphones. The totality of the installation resembles a large luminescent tree-like form that evokes both aquatic and terrestrial worlds. The movement of light throughout the sculpture is suggestive of electricity moving through a neuron or synaptic pathways within the brain.
The interactive experience in Re-Collect is subtle in nature. It functions like a living system, similar to a coral reef – it knows you are there and tries to find equilibrium based on your presence. Its personality is revealed slowly over time and is shaped by both its environment and visitors to the space.
In its totality, Re-Collect forms a luminescent and sonic mass attentive to its surroundings, using sound as a metaphor for the electrical impulses moving through the brain and points to the moment that two entities meet – when memories form – entangle with the present – and shape experience.
Jane Tingley is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Dept. of Fine Arts and the Stratford Campus at the University of Waterloo, ON. Her work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools. She has participated in exhibitions/festivals in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Michal Seta is a researcher and developer at Society for Arts and Technology and research assistant at matralab (Montréal, QC), composer/improviser, performer and digital artist. His works have been exhibited/performed in Europe, USA and Canada.