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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
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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.”

An Invitation: Julia White invites you to participate in WATER Shadows. Share your own personal celebration of water- sound it out, sing it, tell a story, recount a dream, offer an idea, poem, name of a special watery place, anything to do with water! The zoom recorder on the mic stand is the gathering vessel, all ready to receive your sonic water offering. All contributions are welcome, no matter how big or how small. Each one will be collected as an essential part of the exhibit, digitally archived and made available online in the Web Water Portal: https://JuliaWhite.ca/web-water-portal-NAISA/