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Installations presented on 2017


Carbon Sugar Air
part of Waves of Connection, a multi-venue installation
By Instant Places
January 17, 2017 to February 28, 2017
Online installation beginning January 17, 2017 at http://carbon.naisa.ca/
In the online audio installation Carbon Sugar Air, Instant Places generates and broadcasts slowly evolving sound objects inspired by the natural forms and processes of lichen symbiosis. What is fascinating about lichens is their ability to adapt and thrive: they fashion collaborative partnerships in which photosynthesizing organisms generate sugars from atmospheric carbon dioxide to share with the substrate elements that give them physical form. Instant Places is comprised of Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh.

On January 17 at 5:40 PM, Instant Places will be joined by Tina Pearson in an online performance of Carbon Sugar Air for the EURO-RADIO Art's Birthday broadcast at http://artsbirthday.ebu.ch and on the EBU-Satellite channel LIZST from Kunstradio at ORF Vienna.
Instant Places are Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse. Since 1997 they have used handmade hardware/ software systems to activate internet broadcasts and web-art exchanges with telematic artists worldwide, and on-location performances and generative installations across Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, the United States, and South America. From September—December 2016 they presented new performance works across the UK, including the SonADA Festival (Aberdeen), GIO Fest (Glasgow), and collaborative performances with Italian dance improvisors Company Blu in Liverpool.
The Church from Below
By Brandon LaBelle
February 4, 2017, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Luella Massey Studio Theatre, University of Toronto, 4 Glen Morris Street, Toronto
Drawing upon histories of peace movements in East Germany, the work takes the form of a performative installation housed within a former Lutheran Church, now The Luella Massey Studio Theatre. It draws out questions of resistance and emancipatory practices, staging a set of materials, recordings and documents that act as a greater scenography of the hidden and the dispossessed. In particular, the work considers how “the underground” performs to nurture the formation of a parallel polis, one that enacts an overall art of survival. From such actions, particular discourses and cultural productions are generated, from illegal publishing to a lyrical poetics of secret messages. In the case of East Germany, peace workshops and environmental protests found support through a network of socially engaged churches, which acted to camouflage dissident work. What might such histories and productions suggest in terms of contemporary crises and the desires for a new social body? How might the art of survival provide a guide for an aesthetics aimed at redistributing the sensible?
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent works include “The Living School”, South London Gallery (2016), “The Stranger Seminar”, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), and “Second Culture Session”, Tel Aviv University (2015). He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He lives in Berlin and is part of the Errant Sound collective.
Transmissions
part of Waves of Connection, a multi-venue installation
By SubZeroArts
February 4, 2017 to March 5, 2017 - Saturday & Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
NAISA North, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Transmissions is a multi-point sound art installation that uses a collection of touch-sensitive antennae to trigger abstract sounds and tones, creating a unique sound environment for audience participants to explore.

SubZeroArts are a group of visualists, sound artists, technologists, and fabricators working in contemporary art and science. They have presented a number of installations in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa combining technology, optical interaction, and other disciplines to create interactive environments where participants contribute to their own experience. http://www.subzeroarts.com
Bread and Circuses
part of Waves of Connection, a multi-venue installation
By nichola feldman-kiss
February 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017 - Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm
inter/access, 9 Ossington Ave, Toronto
Bread and Circuses by nichola feldman-kiss responds in real time to the geo-locative telling of world media narrative. The immersive audio installation remixes live RSS headlines delivered by synthesized orators.The artwork blends first person witnessing and global statistical accounts with regional, official and corporate media reportage.
nichola feldman-kiss is a trans-media artist and tricitizen of Canada, Germany and Jamaica. Her artworks explore body, citizen, collectivity and hybridity within the tattered boundaries of globalization. The artist's research and creation has been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Eye Institute, the Canadian Forces, and the United Nations among others. nichola is a former Officer for New Media and Audio at the Canada Council for the Arts. Her artworks and ideas have been presented across Canada, in Europe, the United States, Mexico and India. She is a graduate of CalArts residing in Toronto.
NAISA SOUND BASH INSTALLATION, and MARCH BREAK FUN FAIR
NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART CELEBRATES 16 YEARS!
March 11, 2017 to April 23, 2017
Installation Open March 11 - April 23, 2017, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm (or by appointment) March Break Fun Fair open daily March 11 - 19, 10am - 4pm (or by appointment)
NAISA North, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
Pay-What-You-Can
http://naisa.ca/festivals/sound-bash/

Back by popular demand, the NAISA Sound Bash returns but in a new location. On March 12, 2001, New Adventures in Sound Art became a not-for-profit organization, expanding its programming that year and committing to providing year-round sound art programming for all ages.

"Since its inception in March 2001, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) has provided a home for the sonic imagination, a place where anyone can explore art through sound. As NAISA turns 16, we encourage you to join in the celebration as you discover the potential for music in everyday sounds. There is a musician and sound artist within us all. Let the NAISA Sound Bash open that creative door.” - Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director

From March 11 to April 23, NAISA’s exhibition space will be filled with a new selection of everyday objects especially selected for the interesting sounds they make when struck or played, offering you a chance to play with sound and manipulate it live. Open Saturday and Sundays March 11 - April 30, 11am - 4pm or by appointment with added times during the March Break Fun Fair. Special thanks to local artist Christine Charette for her visual/sound design.
Try your hand at moving Sound
May 13, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Sundays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
General $Pay What You Can Donation
Almost 10 years ago, NAISA’s Artistic Director launched a new way of moving sound around a space using a sensor that you wear on your hand. For the month of May, there will be a multi-channel system set up for you to try out for yourself! Suitable for all ages.

Also, when you enter the space you will hear a spring soundscape from Warbler's Roost, which was recorded over a 24 hour period and in this installation is condensed into a 38 minute multi-channel soundscape piece. Warbler's Roost is a rural property 22 KM west of South River.
Complex Interactions Exhibition
Interactive installations by David Rokeby and St. Pierre-Gauthier
June 29, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Thursday to Monday 10 am - 4 pm.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
General $PWYC
Complex Interactions is an exhibit that features interactive installations that use movement by participants to create a complex series of responses. David Rokeby's Very Nervous System is an internationally regarded interactive artwork that creates a complex and resonant relationship between the movement of the participant and the sounds generated by the computer, while St. Pierre-Gauthier's P(n,r) = n!/(n-r)! provides a portable station for participants to remix their sound art improvisations into new compositions.
Turbulent Forms and Nova
co-presented by the Canadian Music Centre and NAISA
By Dan Tapper
August 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 for Turbulent Forms; August 8 to 18, 2017 for Nova. Mon to Thurs, 9 AM to 5 PM & Fri, 9 AM to 1 PM
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
FREE
Turbulent Forms and Nova are two exhibitions of new work by artist and composer Dan Tapper, exploring the universe through chaos and cosmology. The works exhibited are inspired and derived from physical data gathered by space organizations and physicists as well as using thought experiments, illustrative techniques and imagination to create parallels and appreciation of complex, abstract and theorized concepts. Turbulent Forms is funded by Arts Council England and the British Council.
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.
James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario is a dynamic multi-media artist. He is known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as the avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib. He is also active in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. His artwork has been shown extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements. By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.