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Performances

Art's Birthday EURORADIO Broadcast
By Instant Places and Tina Pearson
January 17, 2017, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Broadcast information at http://artsbirthday.ebu.ch
Instant Places will be joined by guest Tina Pearson in a performance using the installation Carbon Sugar Air. The performance will be featured at 5:40 PM in an EBU-Satellite broadcast hosted by Kunstradio in Vienna, Austria. In 2017 the EURORADIO Ars Acustica group will once again be sharing the international Art's Birthday Parties around the world and will celebrate the 1,000,054th birthday of art.

Kunstradio also invites artists of all ages, disciplines and backgrounds to contribute “presents” for Art at http://www.kunstradio.at/PROJECTS/AB2017/presents-call.php
Deep Wireless, an introduction
By Sebastien Lavoie, Debashis Sinha, Sarah Boothroyd and Christian Nicolay
February 4, 2017 to February 4, 2017
NAISA North, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay-What-You-Can
Listen to a concert of radio art works from past editions of Deep Wireless that find original ways to tell stories and paint scenes through sound. Included will be Basketball Glitch by Sebastien Lavoie, Through a Door by Sarah Boothroyd, Re-Do Speaking Song by Debashis Sinha, and Taking the Bridge by Christian Nicolay.


Program:
I. Basketball Glitch by Sebastien Lavoie
Basketball is one of the most played sports on the planet today. Its practice consists in throwing, dribbling and passing the ball, which produces lots of recognizable sounds. These sonorities are very rich and fertile in order to generate a “cinema for the ear”. The sound recordings, done on the Basketball court, have been manipulated and denaturalized through excessive digital transformations, thus creating some glitches on the original sounds.
II. redo / speaking song by Debashis Sinha
redo and speaking song were created separately but made for each other, an exploration of the many dualities that manifest themselves in my life: musician/technician, South Asian Canadian, ancient/modern, dust and concrete.
III. Through a Door by Sarah Boothroyd
Commissioned in 2007 by CBC Radio and New Adventures In Sound Art, this is a soundscape piece about the Nicholas Street Jail in Ottawa, a structure described by a jail inspector in 1946 as a monstrous relic of an imperfect civilization where cells are medieval, incredibly cramped, with conditions far below the limits of human decency.
IV. Taking the Bridge by Christian Nicolay
Taking the Bridge is an attempt to resurrect abandoned and obsolete objects by amplifying and constructing their sounds, re-inventing their function into instruments for contemporary dialogue. Using a multitude of various pick-ups, guitar pedals, and amplifiers the collection of sounds from an unauthorized climbing of Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver are constructed together on broken tape recorders to further explore the gritty, linear qualities of analogue tape and accentuate this exploration of erosion and abandonment. The bridge is not only an instrument, but also a way to cross over into places you would not know how to get to through logical investigations.
Tele-Conduction
By Doug Van Nort, Thomas Gerwin, Sarah Weaver and Glen Hall
February 16, 2017, 4:00 pm local time in Toronto and 8:30-10 pm local time in Berlin
DisPerSion Lab, Room 334, Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University, Toronto - Exploratorium Berlin, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg Mehringdamm 55, Berlin - Broadcast on naisa radio - http://www.naisa.ca/naisa-radio
FREE
This is two performances in two countries that overlap through telematic connections. The performance begins at the Exploratorium Berlin with an improvised set by Thomas Gerwin and guests. That performance will conclude with a transcontinental collaboration that uses the telepresence performance environment available at the DisPersion Lab at York University in Toronto. In that performance Thomas Gerwin will conduct from the Exploratorium Berlin a structured improvisation by the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (EAO), who will be performing at the DisPerSion Lab in Toronto. Following that performance the EAO will continue performing other networked pieces in Toronto by guest artist Sarah Weaver, EAO director Doug Van Nort, as well as EAO member and active Toronto improviser Glen Hall. Note the early start time of this performance for Toronto listeners.


Transmission Soundprints

By Amanda Dawn Christie and Artists from the TransX Transmission Art Symposium
February 17, 2017, 8:00 pm
Geary Lane, 360 Geary Avenue, Toronto
General $15 , Students $10
This performance features a performance by keynote TransX artist Amanda Dawn Christie along with a selection of works from the TransX Transmission Art Symposium international call for submissions. Sounds of the radio ether and historical recordings appear in this show in a variety of forms. In Christie's work Transmissions they are paired with live manipulation of film loops of many contemporary and historical communications devices.

Program:
I. Transmissions by Amanda Dawn Christie
Transmissions, is an improvisational performance for analogue and digital technologies that explores radio waves and dreaming; satellites and ideas; wireless internet and cell phones; television and radio broadcasts; all of these signals contribute to complex interconnected webs of invisible landscapes and invisible architectures passing through our bodies in every time and in every space. The analogue aspect of the live performance involves the manipulation of 16mm film loops through the use of prisms, mirrors, and lenses, which distort the images while sending them beyond the rectangular perimeter of the screen. The digital aspect of the live performance involves the real time processing of short wave radio sounds through the use of a kaoss pad.

This performance bridges the gap between contemporary digital technologies and anachronistic analogue machines. People often equate interactivity with digital technologies and yet this improvisational performance finds a way to interactively engage with 16mm film loops in real time through the use of glass and mirrors. It ironically presents analogue images of digital devices while simultaneously incorporating digital manipulation of analogue source sounds.
Stories, Reflections...
By Parisa Sabet, Joan Schuman, Martín Rodgríguez and Debashis Sinha
February 18, 2017, 8:00 pm
Geary Lane, 360 Geary Avenue, Toronto
General $15 , Students $10
This performance showcases works encompassing different forms of storytelling and reflecting on one's experiences as well as the moral dilemmas confronted.

Program:
I. Nothing's going to happen to us... by Stijn Demeulenaere
Nothing’s going to happen to us...' investigates how our perceptions of an armed conflict relate to a lived reality. Memories of a bombardment are confronted with the views of sound-designers on such an experience. These voices are structured by the sounds of conflicts worldwide. Nothing’s going to happen to us...' explores the tensions between a lived experience of an armed conflict, and our (re-)presentation of such a conflict. It does so by examining how we interpret sounds in those high alert moments. What they mean to us. How we respond to sounds in different situations, as different audiences. Please note that the presentation shown tonight has previously been shown as an installation.
II. Visiting Grandpa by Parisa Sabet
Visiting Grandpa is a multi-channel soundscape based on my memories of my grandfather. It was written when I learned that the Iranian revolutionary guard demolished the historic cemetery of Baha'is in Shiraz (Iran), where my grandfather's remains were buried as well as those of many other Baha'is'.
I'd like to thank my husband, Kamran Fallah, for the translation of the original text into English; Nika Khanjani, for her powerful narration of the story; and Roya Sepehri, for creating a serene atmosphere by chanting prayers beautifully in Persian.
III. Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust by Joan Schuman
An intersection of philosophical/poetic questions about what is entailed in humanely raising animals for slaughter. Woven through a story of two farmers are other narrative voices, listening towards an unseen goat who moved, quite vocally, into the neighborhood. A third voice questions the dreamscape and needs of animal others. John Berger’s texts about visual culture beckon us to understand our relationships with animals. This sonic response poetically weighs eating flesh vs. seeing animals as metaphor. By listening to an unseen goat’s woeful cries, there’s a curiosity about its relationship to two farmers grappling with raising animals for slaughter.
IV. Radio Therapy by Martín Rodgríguez
The fog of chemo and numbness of radiation. The brain surgery. Paralysis. The seizure that exposed it all. The sterile sounds of the hospital. One must find a way to heal.

"Radio Therapy" expresses these sentiments by transforming the brutal sounds of Rodriguez's MRI into a meditation on the healing process of his recovery from a cancerous brain tumor, creating both a soothing and battling ambiance of recovery & remission.

"Radio Therapy" is produced by harnessing radio frequencies alongside a transmission of Rodriguez's MRI brain scan through a transducer that is attached to a standalone guitar. The transducer forces the whole body of the guitar to vibrate. The resulting sound is a blend of musical notes, and scanned AM radio frequencies resonating through the body of the guitar and passing through a chain of manipulated sound effects.
V. The City by Debashis Sinha
I am a city person.

I am most a city person in the city of my second home, Kolkata - being there magnifies to me the complicated processes of what a city does.

It started as a small and subtle sound deep within, this understanding of urban spaces as sharing common traits. But the more places I went, the more I breathed the air, I realized that wherever the city, there was something in it that I responded to - something hidden from the higher senses, yet affecting me and the others in the space I shared with them. I felt the same, no matter the place.

Think of your city. Hear it sound. Open your mind to what else is sounding past what you hear.