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New Adventures in Sound Art


New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, formerly based in Toronto but now in South River ON, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA operates the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, located in the centre of the village of South River at 106 Ottawa Ave., a short distance from Algonquin Park, at the building formerly known as Renée’s Café and Bean There Café.

The NAISA North Media Arts Centre includes a large exhibition/performance space, a small café, and an artist residency space suitable for media art production/creation as well as visual art creation. The café offers fresh baked goodies by local baker Lois McLaren, homemade soup by Nadene Thériault-Copeland and serves Muskoka coffee by Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company.

NAISA’s annual events include: the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art from January 17 to mid-April, the Sound Travels festival of Sound Art from June to Labour Day, and the SOUNDplay festival from late-September to late-November.

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.


Upcoming Events

Arts Meetups
June 3, 2018 to August 26, 2018
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Dive deep into culture on Sunday afternoons this summer at NAISA North. Enjoy an insightful interdisciplinary series of guest speakers discussing an amazing variety of topics - gardening, ecology, kinetic sculptures, mental health, crystals, music from brain waves, electronic music creation, natural sound recording and much more. Our speakers include many local treasures as well as guest artists performing and exhibiting this summer at NAISA.

For more information Click Here.
Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art 2018 - 20th Anniversary
June 3, 2018 to September 3, 2018
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
NAISA is proud to announce its 20th anniversary edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. NAISA is celebrating in 2018 by presenting ten Saturday night concerts and nine Sunday afternoon free Arts Meetups talks in addition to sound art summer camps for children and youth and a summer-long exhibition of kinetic sound sculptures.

For more information Click Here.
NAISA 2018 Call For Submissions: Off the Beat(en) Track
Deadline: June 4, 2018
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Off the Beat(en) Track for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art's 2019 programming.

Click here for information and on-line application.
Sound As Art Camp for Children (ages 8-11)
August 14 to 17, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $75
Children will learn how to produce and discover unusual sounds using found materials, portable recorders and computers to create a sound art performance.

For more information Click Here.
Sound As Art Camp for Youth (ages 12-15)
August 14 to 17, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $75
Children will learn how to produce and discover unusual sounds using found materials, portable recorders and computers to create a sound art performance.

For more information Click Here.
Sound Machines, an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Steven White
By Steven White
June 3 – September 3, 2018, Thursday to Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
This exhibition by multi-media artist Steven White from Walter's Falls, Ontario includes three interactive kinetic sound sculptures. They are made from a variety of found objects that are re-worked and un-designed to function in ways that are quite unlike their original function. Viewer interaction is a key component in these works that raise questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature.
Exhibition Opening Artist Talk
By Steven White
June 3, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Steven White will explain how he creates kinetic sound sculptures from discarded industrial materials. He will introduce you to the three works included in his Sound Machines exhibit running at NAISA until September 3. Steve White is a multi-media artist from Walter's Falls, Ontario. His work engages viewers with interactive components while raising questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature.