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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
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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
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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
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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!