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Sound Machines, an exhibition of kinetic sculptures by Steven White
By Steven White
June 3 – September 3, 2018, Thursday to Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
This exhibition by multi-media artist Steven White from Walter's Falls, Ontario includes three interactive kinetic sound sculptures. They are made from a variety of found objects that are re-worked and un-designed to function in ways that are quite unlike their original function. Viewer interaction is a key component in these works that raise questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature.
Re-Collect / Re-Told: Your Stories of New And Old
June 3 – September 3, 2018, Thurs to Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
NAISA wants to hear your voice – the voice of your children and the voice of your parents and grandparents. All of these voices are combined in this interactive exhibit with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North.
Psychoactive Listening
By Aaron Labbé
July 14, 2018, drop in between 12 pm and 4 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by donation (suggested $10)
Lounge outdoors as you listen to binaural ‘Psychoactive Music' composed by Aaron Labbé. The music you will hear will be created live through algorithmic responses to your real-time EEG data.

I. Psychoactive Music by Aaron Labbé
"Psychoactive Music" is an interactive music composition that results in a completely binaural/three dimensional auditory experience that infuses various personalized neurological triggers within carefully constructed music in order to evoke a "dream-like" meditative experience. In performance, users wear noise-cancelling headphones and an EEG reader and audio content is live-mixed/outputted in real-time. Live composition decisions are made algorithmically based on the user's real-time EEG data and are rendered in a carefully engineered method, designed to provide what each user needs in order to reach the targeted mental state.
Moving Sounds
July 28, 2018, 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
Nuit Blanche North, Huntsville

Moving Sounds is a curated program of sound art works for Nuit Blanche North in Huntsville. Audience members will manipulate a sensor-based system in order to move sound art works around the listening space. The works on the program have been selected from previous NAISA events and include Emotion Machine by Donika Rudi, Redo Speaking Song by Debashis Sinha, Urban Gardens by Pierre-Luc Senécal, ecologie materielle by Adam Basanta, Frozen Voyagers by Ambrose Field and Bora by Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque.

I. Emotion Machine by Donika Rudi
Donika Rudi is an Albanian composer of instrumental and acousmatic music. She finished her postgraduate studies in Royal Conservatory of Mons with Annette V. Gorne. Her compositions have been broadcast on Radio Spain, France Musique, Dutch National Radio, and Portugese National Radio.She has served as Artistic Director of the International Festival “ReMusica” Prishtina, since 2010.
II. Redo Speaking Song by Debashis Sinha
The only sound source of the work is the human voice that speaks, cries, shouts, sings. Emotional crisis. Explosion, anger, surprise. Tension. Different images that come and go, approach, leave, deform and transform quickly and concisely. Each image shows, expresses an emotion but in the end, all are connected, sometimes also parallel, followed by a mass, number of layers, memories, from the past to the present, then from the present to the future. Schizophrenia. Hysteria. Madness. Fear. It’s machine, which produces emotion, a mechanism in destruction.
III. Urban Gardens by Pierre-Luc Senécal
Urban Gardens was composed with recordings from a trip in Europe, where one can discover public gardens, as well as their urban equivalent: airports, train stations, malls, etc. I was inspired by the inexhaustible energy of those objects and locations, in stark contrast to the twenty World War 2 museums and memorials that I’ve visited.
IV. Ecologie Materielle by Adam Basanta
Between the natural enviroment and the consumer product derived from it (paper/plastic/wrappers/foil) lies a sonic and metaphoric continuum. Within this scope, I expore variations on the themes of extraction and re-depostion between opposing sound-images, investigating an evolving musical interplay between the ecological organiation of characteristics of each sound world.
V. Frozen Voyagers by Ambrose Field
Frozen Voyagers is a fleeting vision of a time and place where people have become isolated from each other. Ephemeral moments zoom past the listener at high speed, whilst time appears static. Our media and communications structures feed us constant information each day, we must fight to remain from being frozen by this information. What results here is part hyper-real portrait of human activity, in a time and space where action and ideas happen at accelerated speed.
VI. Bora by Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque
“Bora” is inspired by a catabatic wind of the Adriatic sea, the bora. Elaborated with many sounds from different travels around Europe, and South America in the year of 2011. «Travel is like a wind: you run off, and come home as if a squall had taken over your life.