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World Listening Day 2021: The Unquiet Earth 24 Hour Broadcast
July 18th, 2021 - 24 Hours
Online on NAISA Radio
FREE

World Listening Day is a grass roots event that takes place around the world every July 18, the birthday of Canadian soundscape educator and thinker R. Murray Schafer. Led by World Listening Project, NAISA Radio is participating as a broadcast partner among other non-profit and public radio stations around the world.

2020 introduced a pause to commercial activity due to the world-wide outbreak of the Coronavirus. This brought countless consequences to the environment, and to the sonic environment in particular. New acoustic horizons emerged, signaling times of unquietness and global change, and requiring an enhanced listening awareness to evolve.

The theme for the annual World Listening Day event for July 18, 2021 is “The Unquiet Earth”. The theme, coined by Lisbon-based filmmaker, curator, and organizer Raquel Castro, is an invitation to reflect on and engage with the constant murmur of the Earth, sounds beyond the threshold of human hearing, to remind ourselves that humans share this mysterious and awesome planet. Small, hidden, subterranean, aerial, underwater, infra and ultrasonic sounds, inaudible to the naked ear, can bring a new, potentially hopeful, perspective on the future of the planet and humanity. Listening as activism encourages human societies to question its attitudes as listeners and attempt to construct a more inclusive and empathetic new world.

Join the unquiet revolution!
Digital in Nature
August 14, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE

Sound art works curated by NAISA from an international call for submissions on the theme Digital in Nature are presented in a shared listening format with group discussion. To participate in the discussion please register in advance. To simply listen in tune in to NAISA Radio.
Mycelium Music
By Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia)
August 28 - 24 hours
NAISATube
FREE

24/7 Livestream audio-visual experience on NAISA’s Youtube channel of music derived from mycelium in the South River area. Electrodes are used to record biodata and translate that to MIDI in realtime which is brought into synths and signal processing.

Installations

My Place Here and Now (Who am I Today?)
By Sandy McLennan
June 3 to July 26, 2021 (outdoor exhibition open during daylight hours, indoor exhibition open Thur-Mon 10 am to 4 pm)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Port Sydney photographer and filmmaker Sandy McLennan has created a new interactive installation from workshops with students from the South River Public School. It can be experienced outside on the porch windows of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre (and inside the gallery when COVID health restrictions permit).

"A year goes by and cognizance changes: feeling negative and positive, screws coming loose. The photo and sound images displayed here and now give a chance to consider the time we’ve been through and the time we are in.

I started working with South River Public School Grade 7 students over a year ago – they built their own cardboard pinhole cameras and created black & white photo images in my portable darkroom. Then everything changed. Today we have photograms (camera-less images created in the darkroom), negatives exposed in cardboard pinhole cameras and contact prints (reverse images of the above) made by the students in March 2020 and sound and images created by myself just in time for this exhibition.

Looking at the window glass, you will see a reflection of South River going by: ongoing change where the present is behind you. Now change focus to see behind the glass: reach out and bring your hand close to the photos and the past comes alive with sound. You can almost touch it! Any photograph or audio recording is an image of the past and these merge with the present in a window to the world." - Sandy McLennan

New Adventures in Sound Art would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for supporting the workshop component of this presentation.
Sounding Bodies
By Jonathan Tyrrell
June 10 – Aug 2 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by Donation

Somewhere between an electroacoustic instrument and architecture, Sounding Bodies: Eutopia, is a spatial audio installation that transforms sheet metal panels into inhabitable loudspeakers. Tremoring with sonic vitality, these everyday materials offer polyphonic reflections on the village of South River and surrounding area; fragments of speech taken from interviews with long-time residents and newcomers alike slowly orbit the installation, pondering the poignant cycles of change and the ineffable mystery of place. The title of the work was inspired by a phrase from one of the interviews: “it’s still a good place”, capturing the ambiguous etymological origins of ‘utopia’, which in addition to meaning ‘non-place’ can also be written with the prefix ‘eu’, meaning ‘good place’.
Porch Radio and Audio Bench
July 29 to September 20, 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by Donation

These two outdoor locations provide a casual environment - one area in the porch and the other on picnic tables on the lawn - for listening to electroacoustic sound art works curated by NAISA from an international call for submissions on the theme Digital in Nature.
The Mycorrhizal Rhythm Machine
By Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia)
July 29 to September 20, 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by Donation

This interactive sculpture turns a Grow Room into a Fungi and Sprout music generator. Fine electrodes placed within roots of Endo (and some Ecto) mycorrhizal plants, receive bio-data and translate this activity into notes which trigger actuators that strike, strum and rattle creating a symbiotic symphony of sound!

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