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New Adventures in Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit media arts organization based in South River Ontario that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art.

NAISA operates the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, a short distance from Algonquin Park. The center has a wheelchair accessible small exhibition/performance space along with a café and community access space.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) launches its 22nd annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art on February 4th at its brand new location at 313 Highway 124 in South River. NAISA will present two months of in-person and online events that includes an exhibition, performance, two talks, and an audio screening as well as a new online compilation album of radio art.

“Radio in the 20th Century built human connections in the public across multiple and remote locations. Radio Art evolved from artists and writers across many disciplines to add their diverse approaches to the way time, space and content could be re-imagined over the airwaves and later through digital streaming formats. The content in this year’s festival adds to that tradition with stories told through digital interactivity, public forums, documentaries, interactive art, DJing, poetry and sound art. The theme of Remote Connections will provide the through-line for connecting listeners to stories on the periphery of most online and broadcast media." — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art
Forced Migration by Michelle Wilson
February 4 to April 3, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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In this interactive textile map, Michelle Wilson stitches together organic and technological material to memorialize specific bison killed, captured, or bred in an effort to save the species from extinction.
Deep Wireless 17 Online Album

The Deep Wireless 17 Online Radio Art Compilation is curated on the theme Remote Connections and includes a cross spectrum of radio and transmission art practices that bring together influences from documentary, poetry and electronic music. The compilation includes works by Michelle Wilson, Juro Kim Feliz, Faisal Karadsheh, Nicole Goodwin (GOODW.Y.N.), Anton Pickard and Prachi Khandekar.
Soundscape Workshop Intensive
May 5 to 7, 2023
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River and NAISA North Media Arts Centre, South River
$283 (with 2 nights accommodation)
$170 (with no accommodation)
Prices include HST.
Advanced Registration Required.

The annual soundscape workshop intensive will take place May 5 – 7, 2023 at Warbler's Roost and NAISA in South River. The focus for this year will be on both open microphone livestreaming and multi-channel soundscape mixing. The skills acquired from the workshop can be applied to artistic and ecological research projects about the soundscape in your home community or elsewhere.
NAISA 2023 Call For Submissions - Reimagine
Deadline: May 26, 2023

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Reimagine for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s programming.

NAISA encourages artists to submit works for interactive sound installations and sound sculptures for indoor and outdoor contexts. NAISA also accepts works for fixed media audio or audio-visual works, livestreaming and any emerging digital formats that include sound as a primary element.
The Decomposing Piano
Open Everyday
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario

By Hector Centeno and Tetsuo Kogawa
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New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) presents "Inductance.03" by Hector Centeno and Tetsuo Kogawa recorded in May 2012 at the Deep Wireless of Radio and Transmission Art.

Kogawa's pre-recorded video performance is combined with a performance by Centeno to create a no input transmission duet of mysterious ambient beauty. Centeno and Kogawa create complex feedback circuits using radio transmitters and receivers and the conductive properties of the human body. Inductance.03 is a quadraphonic “trans-feedback” micro-FM transmitter performance.

Tetsuo Kogawa is a performance artist who—aside from being a university professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Tokyo Keizai University, the director of the Goethe Archive Tokyo, and a prolific writer on media philosophy, information technology, film works, Kafka, and various contemporary themes—has been teaching workshops for many years, showing people how to build their own FM transmitters from simple electronic components. He has been likewise challenging radical experiments of radio art using and exhibiting his invented devices in various cities in Japan as well as in Europe and North America.

Hector Centeno is a sound artist, music composer and multimedia producer (video/web/graphics). He first composed exclusively for instrumental music ensembles but since 2004 his work has been devoted to the sonic arts, transforming soundscapes and other recorded sounds. He also works doing sound design for film, soundscape recording and multichannel sound diffusion and mixing.
Community Soundscapes
April 6 to June 5, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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The Community Soundscape exhibition will surround you with the sounds of spring using a multi-channel speaker system in the NAISA gallery and recordings made by residents in the local region. The spring season is a special time of the year for those of us that live in the Almaguin Highlands as the snow melts, the ice breaks up on the lakes and the arrival of insects and birds is loudly announced by the sounds made by peepers. Come weekly to hear the sounds of spring as they change from April through to the beginning of June.