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New Adventures in Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit media arts organization that operates the fully accessible NAISA North Media Arts Centre and Café at 313 Highway 124 in South River, Ontario, Canada. Arts presentation with a focus on sound and listening are the basis of its year-round exhibitions, online broadcasts and performances.

New Adventures in Sound Art is located in the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki peoples covered by the Williams Treaty (1923) and Robinson-Huron Treaty (1850). New Adventures in Sound Art recognizes the significant ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to aural culture in Canada.

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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 is achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.

NAISA’s annual events include the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, the SOUNDplay festival and Springscapes.  These events each have their individual artistic focal points while collectively they provide a comprehensive 12 month overview of experimental sound-based media art in Canada and beyond.

NAISA is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage as well as contributions from its supporters. Click Here to make your contribution.

Upcoming Events

Borderline (Almaguin Highlands): Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
By Jessica Thompson
Open after September 14, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Borderline is a critical mapmaking project that uses sound to illuminate social and economic differences in local geographies. Visitors to NAISA are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands.

Threads of an Unwritten Future by Kelly Ruth
Online presentation in Second Life
December 9, 2023 at 7 pm
Click Here for Access in Second Life
Kelly Ruth will perform her piece "Threads of an Unwritten Future" in the environment of Second Life.

Threads of an Unwritten Future by Kelly Ruth
In-Person Installation and Performance
December 7 to January 8, 10 am to 4 pm. Artist-guided installation Dec 7 to 9 with daily performances at 1 pm.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario. Click Here for Access in Second Life
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In Kelly Ruth’s "Threads of an Unwritten Future" explore as an animated avatar an interactive sound installation. The installation is hosted in person at NAISA and online in Second Life.
Are - Sommes Sonnes
presented by Avatar as part of You And I Are Water Earth Fire Air Of Life And Death
December 12, 2023, 12:00 pm to 11:59 pm
Watch Video Livestream on YouTube
FREE, Listen to audio broadcast on NAISARadio

Organized by Christof Migone and Curated with Myriam Lambert and Alexandre St-Onge, the 12 Hour broadcast-performance began simply as a modest 12-word text piece and then quickly became a 12-year long media broadcast event. Each year focuses on one word of the sentence "You And I Are Water Earth Fire Air Of Life And Death" and manifests into a yearly 12-hour event on December 12 from 12 noon to 12 midnight. So far, this sprawling curatorial endeavor has featured 89 artists from 11 countries across 5 continents.
Making Waves - Kelly Ruth Weaves Music and Art Together in Second Life
Listen on the Wave Farm archive

Listen to Kelly Ruth in conversation on WGXC Wave Farm and hear how she brings together her skills as a weaver, visual artist and musician to make live sound art performances on the digital multimedia platform of Second Life.
Listen to NAISA Radio
Tune in on our web player or using your streaming player

NAISA Radio broadcasts radio art 24/7. Coming up are live broadcasts on Nov 2 to 4 of the jury sessions of the Phonurgia Nova Radio Art Competition and on Dec 12 of the broadcast event You And I Are Water Earth Fire Air Of Life And Death.

Other features include regular shows produced for podcast by Claude Schryer, Charlie Morrow and Vincent Andrisani as well as an international collection of radio art curated by New Adventures in Sound Art.