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Arts Meetups

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.

Meet The Sponge Maker
January 19, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
A special highlight of the Arts Meetup series will be a performance by and conversation with Martin Marier who has created The Sponge, an electronic musical instrument. This presentation will be recorded for NAISA's Making Waves radio program for WGXC Wave Farm and will feature performaces by Marier of the compositions he has created for the Sponge. To read more about The Sponge and how it is made go to: http://www.martinmarier.com/wp/?page_id=12
Arts Meetup with Andrew O'Connor
February 2, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Andrew O'Connor is one of the featured artists of the Deep Wireless festival and will be performing on Feb 3. For the Arts Meetup Andrew will discuss his new work Ravenspeak, as well as his ongoing pirate radio project Parkdale Pirate Radio. He will also sample audio from his award winning sound design, radio theatre, and installations.
Arts Meetup with Alexis O'Hara
February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Alexis O'Hara will talk about her transdisciplinary work as a performer and installation artist as well as the ideas behind her sound installation SQUEEEEQUE which is opening at NAISA on the same day. She will also guide audiences through a fun improvisation using SQUEEEEQUE.
Arts Meetups: Soundscape & Art
May 4, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will discuss and share examples of how soundscape recordings can be incorporated into different artistic media. The presentation will draw from interviews with Installation artist Jana Winderen as well as Sound Camp Reveil organizers Maria Papadomanolaki and Grant Smith.
Arts Meetups with Dan Watson
May 20, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Join Dan Watson, Artistic Producer of Ahuri Theatre in Toronto and founder of Edge of the Woods Theatre in Huntsville (Nuit Blanche North, Ralph + Lina) as he shares stories and examples of his process and past works in an intimate and interactive gathering and multimedia presentation entitled "Here, There and Everywhere."

Dan Watson is an award-winning creator and producer of theatre and events whose work has traveled across Canada, Scotland, France, the United States and Japan. Dan also works in community engaged arts with a particular focus on collaborations with people of different abilities.
Arts Meetups with 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.
Artist in the Garden
By Brenda Scott
June 10, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
South River artist Brenda Scott is known for her encaustic artworks that incorporate found objects and  organic materials.  Brenda also designs herbal and edible forest gardens. In this presentation you will learn about how these two sides of her creative life are intertwined.
Art Fix for Healthy Communities
June 17, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Art Fix is a collective of artists with lived experience of mental health and substance use issues in the Nipissing region. Art serves our members in various ways, from healing through self-expression, to earning a living and fighting stigma. In any case, we get together every week to share skills and make stuff, and we are looking forward to hosting workshops by professional artists, starting this fall. Join our new Director, Lindsay Sullivan, and core members in a conversation about improving our communities in and through art. Come ready to make some noise!
Art from the Crystal Cave
July 8, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Owners of the Crystal Cave Museum in South River will give a talk about their artwork made from crystals, rocks and natural objects. The Crystal Cave is a crystal and fossil museum and crystal shop opening on June 28 in South River.
Making Music from Brain Waves
By Aaron Labbé
July 15, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Aaron Labbé speaks about the methods and intentions behind the psychoactive music installation presented outside at NAISA on July 14.
Aaron Labbé Aaron Labbé is an Intermedia Artist based in Toronto, Canada. The driving-force of his work includes concepts drawn from the topics of mental health, empathy, the psyche and explorations of human consciousness. His specialities include interactive experience design, data visualization, experimental music practices, spatial sound design and autonomous systems.
Arts Meetups with Nature sound recordist Glenn Hubert
July 22, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
For this artist talk Glenn Hubert will share examples of his favourite nature recordings and provide background to the steps involved in making them. Choosing locations specific to the environments he wishes to record, Glenn sets out his microphones, and leaves them for several hours, up to a day or two in order to allow the birds and animals to return to their natural routines, creating a natural soundscape rarely heard by people. Over the years Glenn has developed an archival library of thousands of hours of recordings, creating sonic time stamps of wilderness areas, some of which no longer are as peaceful as they were in his early days of recording.
Arts Meetups with Alexis O'Hara
July 29, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Alexis O'Hara will speak about her interdisciplinary cabaret works for solo voice.
Arts Meetups with Takuto Fukuda and Ana Dall'Ara-Majek
August 5, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Takuto Fukuda and Ana Dall'Ara-Majek speak about their work with interactive electronics and performance.
Arts Meetups With Sherry Ostapovich
August 12, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Sherry Ostapovich talks about her work as a sound artist and audio engineer
Placed-based Art
By Elizabeth Chitty
August 19, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Elizabeth Chitty has been active as an interdisciplinary artist for over 40 years. She will speak about her current work, which is place-based in that the work considers a site’s geology, plants and birds, natural and built landscapes, governance including treaties, histories, and water and its infrastructure. Her work is anchored in sensing and making sense of our surroundings through bodily experience, social interactions, and simple technology.
Elizabeth Chitty Interdisciplinarity has been at the core of Elizabeth Chitty’s artistic practice for 41 years. Site, corporeality, temporality and awareness of process thread through her body of work, which expands on ideas, emotions and sensations of what it means to be in a body, a place, with others. Her performances may reflect contemporary dance or performance art lineages and respond to concert settings or social practices; her literacy spans the gallery, stage, and public realm. Her installations and performances are usually video-based including sound. She has created public artists’ gardens, video works constructed photographs and has worked with community-based strategies. For most of her life, she has lived in the Niagara region, Ontario, outside of any academic affiliation, shifting among disparate subjects informed by life lived and the local, and the conceptualist base formed early in her career in Toronto and Vancouver. Much of her work since 2008 has been about water. Her current work is place-based, focusing on a place by considering a site’s geology, plants and birds, natural and built landscapes, governance including treaties, histories, and water and its infrastructure. The work is anchored in sensing and making sense of our surroundings through bodily experience, social interactions, and simple technology. Since the 1990s, her passion for reconciliation between settlers and First Nations has been reflected in her work, such as Breath and the Heart, Listen (1994), Song For A Blue Moon (2004), Lucius’ Garden (2015), The Grass Is Still Green (2016) and Walking the Talk (2016). Recent work includes Confluence Field Trips, a project including website, exhibition and multiple, Lucius’ Garden, a performance sited in a public garden by a fountain commemorating the first waterworks in the City of St. Catharines, and Streaming Twelve, a video and sound installation including a live webstream, 2 other video channels and audio. In 2012 she was commissioned by Niagara Dance Company to create Gravity doesn’t explain desire and Dissolve; both works included video projection and Dissolve featured interactivity with the audience via cell phones. In 2011 she created and performed Distance of Their Mouths in collaboration with composer Rose Bolton and Gallery Players of Niagara. She is known as a pioneering innovator in early Canadian performance art and as a video artist her exhibitions included the 11e Biennale de Paris (1980) and the opening of the new National Gallery of Canada (1988). Her early work from 1975 to 1982 was formed in response to the conceptual and multidisciplinary climate of Canadian artist-run centres and was concerned with gender issues, information technologies and a deconstruction of media. Two major interdisciplinary performance spectacles created from 1985 to 1990 followed. Works from 1992 to 1997, in which the audiences followed walks and trails thus actively participating in the works’ presentations, examined the dichotomy of nature and culture. Since 1990, Elizabeth Chitty has produced video installations anchored in emotive experience that traverse landscape, place, birds and the body