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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.