NAISA is proud to announce the 19th annual edition of the SOUNDplay Festival both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. As in the past, SOUNDplay continues to be a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration.
“In a year where the fundamental nature of arts presentation is undergoing immense transformation, NAISA’s theme for 2020, chosen over a year ago, continues to be relevant. The notion of transformation underpins all of the festival presentations: from the transformation of organisms from one state to another, to the use of changing environments to create a generative work, to the transformation of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) via machine learning algorithms to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension. All of the works presented in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival feature an online element in one form or another, which is a first for SOUNDplay. But within this less intimate format, NAISA staff are working hard to foster a more meaningful connection between media artists, the artworks and those who are following our programming from across Canada and around the world. All of the presentations provide a means to share and connect and to grow and transform from experiencing the works featured in this year’s festival.”—Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director
Featured this year is an installation on exhibit at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre by Teresa Connors that connects to live ocean data off of Cape Spear, Newfoundland while all of the performances use the Whereby web-conferencing platform to deliver high quality audio-visual presentations. Featured in the online presentations are live performances by Robert Fantinatto and Debashis Sinha and a screening of films by Sandy McLennan.