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World Listening Day 2021: The Unquiet Earth 24 Hour Broadcast
By World Listening Project
Streaming at: NAISA Radio
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 along with WGXC Wave Farm. Go to World Listening Project website for the
Digital in Nature
August 14, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE
In this shared listening gathering join artists Zoe Gordon from Thunder Bay, Keri Latimer from Winnipeg, Helena Krobath from Vancouver and Lucille Kim from Hamilton for the presentation of their recent sound art works curated by NAISA on the theme "Digital in Nature." To participate in the discussion in between pieces please register in advance to receive the online link, or simply tune in to NAISA Radio.

I. Body Print - Listening to the City Shore by Zoe Gordon
This stereo audio piece is a self portrait that uses digital recording to show the changing state of body, emotions and consciousness. These happen during short but repeated visits to sit and listen to the shore in Thunder Bay.
II. Moth Transmissions by Keri Latimer
This work was originally created for a nature dance piece which explores the Underwing Moth (found all over North America inner mainland) and the Sand Verbana Moth (an endangered species found on Vancouver Island). One is being displaced by human activity and the other is plentiful but considered a pest. The soundscape is a digital exploration of imagined moth transmissions and the haunting sounds of disappearing habitats.
III. Surveillance Drone Hatchlings First Flight by Helena Krobath
What if birds really are space-age surveillance drones, covertly observing? What if reality is fiction? This composition senses the world in fringe theory terms. Although conspiracy theories can seem farcical, the act of accepting a distorted rather than ‘plausible’ explanation of reality is itself an act of profound meaning. This piece uses environmental field recording, home-made instruments, and digital audio processing to blend nature and simulacra, dragging each other -- and listeners -- into a speculative, destabilized paradigm.
IV. Waves of Fortitude by Lucille Kim
“Waves of Fortitude” is a desolate sound piece in which the artist searches for healing while losing connection with the ground under foot. Mechanical repetitions are heard from the beginning relating to how the digital world heavily intertwines or impedes the body as another form of nature.
Mycelium Music
By Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia)
September 11 - 12, 10-Hour Livestream 6:30AM (EDT) to 4:30PM (EDT)
Repeat presentation of a live audio-visual experience by Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia) on NAISA’s Youtube channel of music and images derived from mycelium in the South River area as well as from living mycelium in Nanotopia's Toronto studio. Bio-Sonification modules are used to record biodata and translate that to MIDI in realtime which is brought into analog, semi-modular and digital synths.

Electrodes are placed within living mycelium (mushroom roots) which send the biodata into the bio-sonification modules. The modules detect micro-fluctuations in conductivity between 1,000 to 100,000th of a sec which is then translated into the human audio spectrum via MIDI.

Video captured around Algonquin park is processed using code, Unity and Touch Designer.


My Place Here and Now (Who am I Today?)
By Sandy McLennan
June 3 to Sept 20, 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 17 – Sep 6th 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’.

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
An outdoor picnic table provides the setting for listening on headphones 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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Creating by Eye, Ear, and Your Own Hand
By Sandy McLennan
August 7, 2021, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, Ontario, P0A1X0
General $15, Students FREE, Advance Registration Required

Sandy McLennan and NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will lead a hands-on workshop outdoors on August 7th at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River for people of all ages and abilities to learn how to make pinhole photographs and digital soundscape recordings.

Create an impression from scratch the old/new way: photograph something that grabs you, with a pinhole camera and develop it in the darkroom. Record the sound of an object in the environment that interests you using a handheld digital recorder. Experience excitement and joy, creating by eye, ear and your own hand.


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