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Deep Wireless

DeepWirelessLargeDeep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art

A celebration of Radio and Transmission Art presented by New Adventures in Sound Art. It begins with Art’s Birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues until spring with performances, special radio broadcasts, installations, and workshops at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

From 2002 to 2017 it took place in Toronto and during that time hosted the Radio Without Boundaries Conference and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium.

Re-Collect / Re-Told: Your Stories of New And Old
January 4 – April 16, 2018, Thurs to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Fri until 7:00 pm)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
NAISA wants to hear your voice – the voice of your children and the voice of your parents and grandparents. All of these voices will be matched in this interactive exhibit with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North.
SQUEEEEQUE - The Improbable Igloo by Alexis O’Hara
February 16 – April 15, 2018, Thurs to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Fri until 7:00 pm)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Squeeeeque - The Improbable Igloo is a sound installation that encourages collaborative sound making between strangers. Its intimate space encourages the loss of inhibition. With mics in hand, strangers collaborate in song, their voices enhanced by sonic embellishments. Inspired by the architectural marvel that is the igloo, this installation also pays homage to the geodesic domes of the great thinker and architect, Buckminster Fuller.
Art's Birthday Euroradio Broadcast
January 17, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River Listen online at http://www.naisa.ca/naisa-radio/ and https://arsacustica.wordpress.com/
FREE
Deep Wireless opens on January 17 with Art’s Birthday, a celebration of art that happens worldwide every year. Art’s Birthday was envisioned in the sixties by Fluxus artist Robert Filliou in his work "A Whispered Art History" in which he declared that the birth of art happened when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. On January 17, 2018 Montreal artist Martin Marier will perform at NAISA using his unique digital instrument called "The Sponge." His performance will be transmitted live during the Ars Acustica Special Evening over the Euroradio “Liszt” Satellite network.
Meet The Sponge Maker
January 19, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
A special highlight of the Arts Meetup series will be a performance by and conversation with Martin Marier who has created The Sponge, an electronic musical instrument. This presentation will be recorded for NAISA's Making Waves radio program for WGXC Wave Farm and will feature performaces by Marier of the compositions he has created for the Sponge. To read more about The Sponge and how it is made go to: http://www.martinmarier.com/wp/?page_id=12
Sonic Reflections: People and Place
February 3, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $10, Advance Tickets - https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Featured in this concert is a performance by Andrew O’Connor of his piece RavenSpeak along with radio art works by Jenni Schine and Sarah Dew. The works in this show reflect on people and their relationship to place - the mythologies and the stories people tell about themselves and about the other creatures that inhabit their world.

Program:
I. Ravenspeak by Andrew O'Connor
A performance for live multi-channel audio and two performers, based off adaptations of two traditional Inuit stories about the Raven. Using field recordings of multiple Ravens and their extensive vocalizations, along with the soundscapes they inhabit, Ravenspeak creates an immersive setting for two ancient Inuit stories, the Raven Creation Myth and the story of the Raven and the Whale.
II. Caught Between Two Worlds (Seen Off Scarborough) by Sarah Dew
‘Caught Between Two Worlds (Seen Off Scarborough)’ is a new take on the myth of the ‘selkies’: the seal people. The work combines the artist’s narrative with field recordings of the sea (at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK); recordings of family members discussing the selkie myth; original music and sound art.
III. Conversations with Billy Proctor by Jenni Schine
An intimate audio work based on conversations between Billy Proctor, a lifelong resident of the Broughton Archipelago area in BC, and Jenni Schine, a sound artist based on Vancouver Island. As an elder who has witness the transformation of B.C.’s coast, Billy is known as an important knowledge keeper and “the heart" of his settler community called Echo Bay.
Sound Memories
February 10, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $10, Advance Tickets - https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Photographs trigger memories of places we have visited. Sound recordings of those same places often give us a chance to relive those moments and even re-experience them on an emotional and visceral level. The artists included on this concert use sound recordings from across Europe and eastern North America to re-live experiences from their past while introducing us - the listening audience - to a new world that might resonate with our own.

Program:
I. Hyvät matkustajat by James Andean
'Hyvät matkustajat' began as a "sonic postcard from Finland", using soundscape field recordings from around the country. The original material was later further developed as material for sonic exploration and spectral transformations. Everything in 'Hyvät matkustajat' is made from the original field recordings that first gave birth to the piece.
II. o perioadä de cincizeci de ani by Stefana Fratila
"o perioadä de cincizeci de ani", translated from Romanian as “a period of fifty years", interrogates the relationship between memory across distance (space/time) and between generations (collective/individual). Earlier this year, my entire family returned to Romania to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was our family’s first reunion since my parents and I immigrated to Canada in 1995. Through a sonic interplay of field recordings, I ask the listener to consider how emigration from our place of birth impacts our understanding of intergenerational memory and our ability to receive/pass down stories. For this project, I collected recordings of my family during our two weeks together, collaged amidst the sounds that have surrounded me each summer that I’ve returned alone: church bells, crickets, dogs barking, wedding parties passing by, or building a fire to the sound of the local station playing off a radio my grandpa built under communism using a spare car battery. The recordings act as testimonies assembled in the shape of a ‘sonic’ photo album, denoting the consequences of immigration, namely the sensation of continuously missing loved ones and feeling perpetually uprooted and isolated, while also drawing on the paradoxical nostalgia for communism experienced across Eastern European states.
III. Babble Streams and Cicada Routes by Daniel Linn-Pearl
Audio samples collected on a journey in and around Toronto as well as trips south by train to Raleigh, have been composed in this work. The audience is invited to move around the space, manipulating the sonic narrative. Within its unfolding structure is the story of a family in transit.
IV. Projet Archipel by Guillaume Côté and Guillaume Campion
Projet Archipel is a cross-media work comprised of a 29-minute sound documentary (Archipel, 2016), an interactive website (www.projetarchipel.com) and a mobile soundwalk app, available on iPhone and Android devices. Driven by a desire to address concrete informative facts through the poetry of electroacoustic music, composers Guillaume Côté and Guillaume Campion tackle the complex relationship between the archipelago of Montréal and its surrounding waters, mainly focusing on the St.Lawrence River, a majestuous stream strongly symbolic of the history and identity of Québec’s metropolis.

Interviewees for the sound documentary (in order of appearance) : Richard Bergeron, Alexandre Joly, Claude Cormier, Simon Lebrun, Jean-François Parenteau, anonymous fisherman, Jean Desjardins, Denis Coderre, Chantal Rouleau.

Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the arts, Code d’accès, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (LMCML) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).