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SOUNDplay Series


New Adventures in Sound Art’s (NAISA) is proud to present the 22nd edition of its SOUNDplay Festival. SOUNDplay is an annual fall festival that encourages new avenues of exploration between sound and new media. This year’s edition features works by Don Ritter, Jessica Thompson and Kelly Ruth that use both old and new technologies to explore the theme Remote Connections. A new addition to the Festival will be the 48-Hour Sound Art Challenge – a weekend intensive that invites sound and media artists to create a sound art miniature in the rural environs of Warbler’s Roost.

“The telephone made it possible to connect people in real time across long distances. As telecommunications and entertainment media continue to expand and diversify in the 21st Century, technological elements find a place in many aspects of the human experience. SOUNDplay’s focus this year will be on media art works that mix old tools and technologies with virtual digital applications that deepen our sense of place and being in the world.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

Borderline (Almaguin Highlands): Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
By Jessica Thompson
Open after September 14, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Borderline is a critical mapmaking project that uses sound to illuminate social and economic differences in local geographies. Visitors to the NAISA North Media Arts Centre are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands by borrowing a toolkit to map sounds in one of the villages of their choice, or by using the Borderline mobile app. The sounds collected will be added to the map on an ongoing basis.

The Borderline iOS app enables users to automatically map sounds in their environment, put them in dialogue with other forms of data, and generate interactive soundscapes by playing sounds back into the environment. Click here to download