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Performances

I Eat the Stars
By Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong
November 6, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration


This performance launches a two year program of new works by Canadian media and sound artists developed in celebration of NAISA’s 20th anniversary. In this YouTube livestream performance of I Eat the Stars (hosted with audience discussion on Whereby) Laurel MacDonald continues her exploration with video-music with settings of poems from Rebecca Elson’s collection A Responsibility to Awe. The performance will also include a screening of Laurel MacDonald and Phil Strong’s Videovoce performance from 2012 which is part of the NAISA 20th Anniversary video collection on YouTube.

I Eat the Stars - Preview Video - 'Constellations'



For her new concert production I Eat the Stars, Laurel has set several poems from A Responsibility to Awe, a book of poetry by Montreal-born astronomer and poet Rebecca Elson (1960–1999). MacDonald says: “Rebecca Elson had an extraordinary power of intellectual and creative imagination in each of the dipolar realms of science and poetry. She recognized the intrinsic link between these realms - that each is essential to and inseparable from the other, as together they define and celebrate the entirety of the human psyche. With I Eat the Stars I am very honoured to be working with this exquisite poetry, endeavouring to express its complex and joyful ideas through my music and visuals.”

I Eat the Stars is the first solo concert production from Laurel MacDonald in over eight years, and will have its full-length premier as part of the 20th Anniversary edition of the NAISA SOUNDplay Festival.

Rebecca Elson’s poems have been used by kind permission of Carcanet Press, Manchester, UK.


SOUNDplay Screening
By Véro Marengère and Tansy Xiao
November 20, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

This screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao’s "Bone and Air" is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The video also invites audience members to participate. "Roserade" by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself.

Program:
I. Roserade by Véro Marengère
Inspired by new materialism, ecosophy and Haraway’s Chthulucene, the videomusic work "Roserade" evokes a relationship between a desk, a rosebush and a female human. Sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself. In this entropy the human and nonhuman explore the feeling of being interdependent, in a reality shaped by digital and ecological transformations.
II. Bone and Air by Tansy Xiao
Bone and Air is an audience participatory visual and sound piece that explores the relationship between natural sounds and the human body. The piece was inspired by the idea of the juxtaposition of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The audience members are invited to make certain sounds through the piece according to the graphic score as an ensemble to create a spontaneous heterophony that is unique each time.



Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf
By Ben Donoghue

Available for streaming Dec 6 to Dec 20, 2021. Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online location issued after Advance Registration.

Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf (2017) is a film by Ben Donoghue that presents the daily activity and environment of its eponymous Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker. Shot during the Pierre Radisson's work on the Saguenay Fjord and Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec during February 2016, the film provides a window into a portion of the invisible labour underpinning the Canadian economy. The film brings the deep winter landscapes of coastal Quebec into dialogue with intensive industrial activity of ore shipments from the mines of the Saguenay - Lac Saint-Jean. Shot in Super 16mm with a two-person crew of director/cinematographer Ben Donoghue and location sound recordist Noé Rodriguez the film embraces context, giving duration and breath to the images and sounds of the journey. Through a slow observational form the film brings the viewer onto the ship and into the journey instead of describing one.

This presentation premieres a new adaptation for online presentation including a new stereo remix of the original 5.1 soundtrack and new colour grade. The adaptation of the cinema version to online presentation has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council through the Exhibition Assistance program.


Slow Observational Form
By Ben Donoghue
December 11, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

Ben Donoghue discusses the form and techniques behind the revised online print of his “slow observational film” from 2017 entitled Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf. He will also include details on adapting the 16mm film and 5.1 soundtrack to online presentation.

Installations

WATER Shadows
By Julia White
September 26 to December 13, 2021 Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by Donation
WATER Shadows is an installation of sound sculptures that celebrates water, featuring field recordings of watery soundscapes in the artist’s community. As one moves through the ‘water temple’ complex of steel sculptures wrapped in discarded bicycle inner tubes, the unique sound ecology of each water-recording site is experienced as one continuous flow. Boundaries are dissolved as the raw recordings of both natural and machine-made sounds blend together.

Using Arduino micro-controllers and speakers inside the works, the voice of water is amplified, allowing it to speak for itself. In this way, WATER Shadows opens a dialogue that encourages the benign and beautiful symbiotic relationship between nature and society.

WATER Shadows in essence, is a sanctuary of sorts, a sculptural landscape in which to tune to the wild currents within ourselves and our world. Deep listening is encouraged here, as Hermann Hesse writes, “They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”


"Water Shadows was inspired by an experience I had with the element water in the deep silence of winter." Below is a sketch and voice recording by the artist describing the inspiration behind WATER Shadows.

An Invitation: The Web Water Portal
for the WATER Shadows Installation

Julia White invites you to participate in the WATER Shadows exhibition at NAISA by sharing your own personal reflections on water and why it is important to you. Unique to this exhibition at NAISA, sonic water offerings are being gathered. The recording device on the water obelisk is the gathering vessel, ready to receive your contributions.

Name a watery place that is special to you, sound it out, sing it, tell a story, recount a dream, offer an idea or a poem. Each one will be collected as an essential part of the exhibit, digitally archived and made available online in the Web Water Portal: http://www.juliawhite.ca/water-shadows-south-river

Any and all contributions are welcome!

You may also upload your own sonic water offerings! Simply scroll the window below to view further instructions: