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Workshops & Talks

Workshops

Sound As Art Camp for Children (ages 8-11)
August 14 to 17, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $75
Children will learn how to produce and discover unusual sounds using found materials, portable recorders and computers to create a sound art performance.

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Sound As Art Camp for Youth (ages 12-15)
August 21 to 24, 2018, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $75
Youth will learn digital recording and editing skills as well as how to produce and discover unusual sounds using found materials, to create their own sound art compositions and performances.

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Talks

Exhibition Opening Artist Talk
By Steven White
June 3, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Steven White will explain how he creates kinetic sound sculptures from discarded industrial materials. He will introduce you to the three works included in his Sound Machines exhibit running at NAISA until September 3. Steve White is a multi-media artist from Walter's Falls, Ontario. His work engages viewers with interactive components while raising questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature.
Artist in the Garden
By Brenda Scott
June 10, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
South River artist Brenda Scott is known for her encaustic artworks that incorporate found objects and  organic materials.  Brenda also designs herbal and edible forest gardens. In this presentation you will learn about how these two sides of her creative life are intertwined.
Art Fix for Healthy Communities
June 24, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Art Fix is a collective of artists with lived experience of mental health and substance use issues in the Nipissing region. Art serves our members in various ways, from healing through self-expression, to earning a living and fighting stigma. In any case, we get together every week to share skills and make stuff, and we are looking forward to hosting workshops by professional artists, starting this fall. Join our new Director, Lindsay Sullivan, and core members in a conversation about improving our communities in and through art. Come ready to make some noise!
Art from the Crystal Cave
By Lyn Rose and Julia Breckenridge
July 8, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Lyn Rose and Julia Breckenridge from the Crystal Cave Museum in South River will give a talk about their artwork made from crystals, rocks and natural objects. The Crystal Cave is a crystal and fossil museum and crystal shop opening on June 28 in South River.

Photo: Julia Breckenridge, Macro Photography of Crystals.

This talk expands upon the crystal theme explored in the "Rock" Concert for the Cave which is taking place the previous evening.
Making Music from Brain Waves
By Aaron Labbé
July 15, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Aaron Labbé speaks about the methods and intentions behind the Psychoactive Music installation presented outside at NAISA on the previous afternoon of July 14.
World Listening Day Garden Soundwalk
By Darren Copeland and Brenda Scott
July 21, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Participate in World Listening Day by joining Darren Copeland and Brenda Scott on a guided outdoor soundwalk through gardens and other natural wonders in the village of South River. Event will occur rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. Photo: Stefan Rose and Victoria Fenner.

This talk is part of World Listening Day events that include a concert on July 21 and an artist talk by Glenn Hubert on July 22.
Creating Nature Sound Recordings
By Glenn Hubert
July 22, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
For this artist talk Glenn Hubert will share examples of his favourite nature recordings and provide background to the steps involved in making them. Choosing locations specific to the environments he wishes to record, Glenn sets out his microphones, and leaves them for several hours, up to a day or two in order to allow the birds and animals to return to their natural routines, creating a natural soundscape rarely heard by people. Over the years Glenn has developed an archival library of thousands of hours of recordings, creating sonic time stamps of wilderness areas, some of which no longer are as peaceful as they were in his early days of recording.

This talk is part of World Listening Day events that include a concert and a soundwalk on July 21.
Arts Meetups
By Alexis O'Hara
July 29, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Alexis O'Hara will speak about the role of breath in her performance of Seufzenstadt - The City of Sighs on the previous night by explaining the many non-verbal human expressions latent in breath sounds as well as how the work is connected to her long history of vocal performance.

New Musical Expression with Gestural Interfaces
By Ana Dall'Ara Majek and Takuto Fukuda
August 5, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Gestural interfaces open up the possibility to integrate a physical gesture and a sound into a musical expression in live electronic music performance. This talk by Takuto Fukuda and Ana Dall'Ara-Majek focuses on a vocabulary of musical expressions developed for blablaTrains’ concert on the previous evening (as well as others in the past) with the design of their gestural interfaces and notation system. Participants will have the opportunity to try Ana’s augmented Theremin and Takuto’s gyro-based sensor instrument in order to experience the cause-effect relationship between gestures and sound.
On Creating "In a Queer Time and Space"
By Sherry Ostapovitch
August 12, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Sherry Ostapovich talks about listening to and recording space in the context of her most recent work, "In a Queer Time and Space," which is being performed in a concert the previous evening. She discusses motivations in creating the work, making recordings in a still functioning cement factory, and composing for an ambisonic speaker arrangement.
Placed-based Art
By Elizabeth Chitty
August 19, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Elizabeth Chitty has been active as an interdisciplinary artist for over 40 years. She will speak about her current work, which is place-based in that the work considers a site’s geology, plants and birds, natural and built landscapes, governance including treaties, histories, and water and its infrastructure. Her work is anchored in sensing and making sense of our surroundings through bodily experience, social interactions, and simple technology. Photo: Henry Chan.
Synths and Films
By Robert Fantinatto
August 26, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Toronto filmmaker Robert Fantinatto is the director of the internationally acclaimed documentary I Dream of Wires, which traces the history of analog modular synthesizers and their usage in both experimental and popular music. Interestingly, Robert Fantinatto became involved in analog modular synthesizer long before the making of this film and has been producing his own electronic music for some time. He will talk about his music and film-making intersect and influence each other. His talk follows the Modular Tribute concert of the previous evening.