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New Adventures in Sound Art


New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, formerly based in Toronto but now in South River ON, 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 January/February, the NAISA Sound Bash Series in March, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art in July/August, and the SOUNDplay Festival in October/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 June 2017, NAISA staff and board of directors are pleased to announce the grand opening of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre at 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario. Located in the centre of the village of South River, a short distance from Algonquin Park, at the building formerly known as Renée’s Café and Bean There Café, NAISA staff and board of directors are excited at the possibilities available. As well as a large exhibition space, NAISA North also includes a small café, a community gallery and workshop space, as well as a space suitable for media art production/creation. NAISA North’s café includes fresh baked goodies by local baker Linda Thomson and serves exclusively Muskoka coffee by Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company.


Upcoming Events

The Sound Mods of James Kirkpatrick
By James Kirkpatrick
September 22, 2017 to November 26, 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Thurs, Sat, Sun; 10:00 to 19:30 Fri
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
FREE
This exhibition of work by graffiti, hip hop and multi-media artist James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario features his interactive sound sculptures. Mila Petkovic in Metro wrote “Kirkpatrick’s bright and highly detailed work takes its inspiration from science fiction, cartoons and the secret worlds of video games.” Kirkpatrick's sound sculptures are created by circuit-bending, or re-purposing, consumer electronics toys as well as by transforming their visual appearance with his playful and colourful style. These sculptures invite group play and collaboration to create beats, melodies and scratchy textures out of discarded electronic toys.

Featured in the show are his Brain sound sculptures, a piece called “None Hop Blue”, a new variation on his sound towers and a collection of circuit bent electronics to jam with as well. Also, don't miss opening night artist talk and demonstration by James Kirkpatrick on September 22 as well as his September 23 circuit-bending and vocals hip hop performance under the moniker Thesis Sahib.
Arts Meetup with Sandy McLennan
November 24, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Filmmaker and artist Sandy McLennan from Huntsville will screen some of his recent films and talk about his work. NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will share and contextualize Canadian videomusic works that NAISA has presented in the past. Visit his website to learn more about Sandy's work.
Arts Meetup with Christina Kearns and Joe Clayton from Nature Natives Art Gallery
December 1, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
NAISA plays host to a visit from Christina Kearns and Joe Clayton who operate The Nature Natives Gallery in South River. On the shores of South River, Nature Natives Gallery features Joe and Christina's original art and photography that responds to the beauty and magic of the Algonquin region. They will talk about their work and how it responds to the local region. Following their talk, NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will share works in the genre of soundscape composition that NAISA has presented in the past which respond to the acoustic environment of parks and other natural areas.
16th edition of The SOUNDplay Festival
September 22, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Locations in South River and Toronto, ON
New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the SOUNDplay Festival, September 22 to November 26, 2017. SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration. SOUNDplay 2017 features an interactive installation by James Kirkpatrick, works Myriam Boucher and Hyperboreal (Dermot Wilson and Jason Brock) and workshops and concert of works by visiting UK/Norway artist Natasha Barrett.

“As artists have access to a broader range of tools that allow them to incorporate multiple disciplines and multi-sensory experiences, the question becomes not which discipline these artists work within but rather how they integrate various elements from multiple disciplines into their works. With this year’s edition of SOUNDplay, the presentations feature artists integrating both visual and sound practices into a cohesive and personal artistic language.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

For full details visit the SOUNDplay website