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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

O Telephone
By Don Ritter
September 14 to December 4, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
Opening Artist talk on September 14 at 7 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Visitors to "O telephone" experience a contemplative and responsive sound environment comprised of a ringing telephone and recordings of voices speaking 'om.' The installation recognizes various types of interactions between visitors and the phone and responds with a corresponding multi-channel sound experience. Within the installation, a modified 1960s telephone randomly rings and invites visitors to pick up its handset. If a viewer answers a ringing phone, a collection of voices speak 'om' through the handset and pan through the six speakers arranged around the phone. The installation continually adjusts the multi-dimensional sound arrangement as viewers interact with the phone. The symbol 'om' has represented various concepts since antiquity, including the sound of existence.

Watch interview with Don Ritter about "O telephone" on the Making Waves YouTube podcast.

Threads of an Unwritten Future
By Kelly Ruth
December 7 to January 8, 10 am to 4 pm. Artist-guided installation Dec 7 to 9 with daily performances at 1 pm.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario. Click Here for Access in Second Life
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Join Edmonton artist Kelly Ruth in residence at NAISA for three days for an artist guided tour of her virtual installation "Threads of an Unwritten Future" in which she has designed a concert hall and media environment. In-person performances will take place daily at 1 pm. Experience a performance in the world of Second Life on Dec 9 at 7 pm.

Having explored virtual worlds intermittently over the past 20 years or so, Kelly Ruth returned to Second Life during the COVID pandemic after nearly a decade of absence. With a renewed fascination she has found hope in a future that integrates virtual worlds into the fabric of life. This interest has reinvigorated her practice with a playful curiosity and an excitement for the emerging reinvention of many things that are currently taken for granted.

Kelly Ruth describes the installation environment in Second Life as follows:
"Working with both a weaving loom and a spinning wheel in my sound practice has led me to explore the personification of destiny in the form of the archetypical Three Fates. The three women—Clothos who spins the thread, Lachesis who measures the allotted length, and Atropos who cuts the thread with shears—seem to exist in another dimension responsible for the human experience of linear time. This exhibit reflects on the word “allotment” and its relationship to the fragilities and transitory nature of life, economy, society, and imagined futures.”

Her Second Life performance can also be experienced on YouTube in a live broadcast event on December 12 at 2 pm called You And I Are Water Earth Fire Air Of Life And Death.