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Story Trees
By Don Hill
January 14 to April 5, 2021. Open 10am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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Story Trees is a media art installation by Don Hill that uses a camera and computer software in order to allow for the mood of the audience member (who provides cues with facial expressions) and to alter the audio-visual arrangement of a selection of stories recorded from radio interviews with Northern Ontario elders in the 1970’s.

Listening to broadcast interviews he made decades ago with Anne Hill, Don Hill was surprised by how things were said at the time, and how many gestures of speech are no longer heard in common day-to-day parlance. It wasn’t the content of the conversations that first caught his ear; it was the little asides, the nuanced bits of intonation, inflections of speech, as if Northern Ontario had a different dialect way back when. As the towns and the province grew, he heard a shift in the patter. He also heard something - an emergent literary voice, a kind of wisdom - that wasn’t accounted for by words alone.


Recordings & Interactive Design: Don & Anne Hill
Digital Coding Consultation: Kyle Elliot Mathewson
Responsive Architecture Consultation: Jim Ruxton
Voices (1975): Sam Allen, Russell Brown, Bernard Clay, Dorthea Coates, Art Lees, Buzz Lein, Viola Moody, Don Parrott and Diana Taft
Produced with Support from the Canada Council for the Arts