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Endosymbiosis
Live Electronic Music Performance with Liquid Light Imagery
By Robert Fantinatto
October 17, 2020, 7:00 pm
Online Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee

Endosymbiosis is a video and improvised electronic music performance by Robert Fantinatto and co-presented by Charles Street Video, New Adventures in Sound Art and Toronto Media Arts Centre. Endosymbiosis utilizes a variation on the technique of Liquid Light by replacing the overhead projector with a 4K video camera. The improvised music performed by Fantinatto uses a customized modular synthesizer along with slowed down water sounds. The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform.

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"Endosymbiosis” evokes the transitional time when, 2 billion years ago, early simple bacterial life forms began to evolve into complex cells with internal organs. This came about when a simple cell engulfed another, the engulfed cell becoming a nucleus for the host cell and the eventual location of the first DNA molecules. This key event marks the beginnings of complex life that would eventually lead to the diverse biology known today.

“Endosymbiosis” seeks to help viewers disengage with the information overload of today and transport the viewer back to the primal sensory landscape of our cellular origins. Much like the effect of gazing up at the night sky and contemplating the vastness of the cosmos can help one gain valuable perspective and help offset the manufactured stresses we as a species seem to burden ourselves with, “Endosymbiosis” invites the viewer to engage with the micro perspective of our primal cellular landscape.

The visual component utilizes the technique of “Liquid Light”, a popular component of live concerts during the psychedelic era of the late 1960’s, where different dyes are added to a bath of water and mineral oil which is illuminated from below. Whereas traditional Liquid Light compositions would be projected using an old fashioned “overhead projector”, Fantinatto uses a 4K video camera with a macro lens to reveal very tiny movements of bubbles merging and dyes moving that create an ever changing sea of activity.

Fantinatto will perform improvised music during the performance using a customized modular synthesizer that does not employ any computer control. This will be augmented by an aural soundscape of slowed down water sounds and white noise that will remind viewers of the experience of hearing when underwater.
Adeva (version000_01)
Electronic Music and Video Performance
By Debashis Sinha
October 24, 2020, 7:00 pm
Online Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee

Sinha’s explorations of how his Bengali heritage can manifest through the toolset of contemporary electronic music continues with this livestream performance. “Adeva (version000_01)” is a project started in 2019 at the MUTEK JP AI Music Lab, where Sinha began exploring machine learning and AI and their applications in sound, and where he realized their use as a dramaturgical tool in the story-based explorations and re-imaginings of Hindu myth Sinha has been creating for nearly 2 decades. The text and sound world of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) is subjected to machine learning algorithms and processes to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension - a piecing together of half-understood and half-perceived bits of wisdom that is reconstructed by Sinha, and the listener in the moment of performance.

The performance will be live-streamed over YouTube with Q&A discussion taking place afterwards on the Whereby platform. It is a co-presentation of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Charles Street Video and and Toronto Media Arts Centre.
Hand-made Muskoka Films
By Sandy McLennan
November 14, 2020, 7:00 pm
Online Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee $10

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents an online screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films Line in the Sand, Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage, The Last Skate and Moving, part one and two.

Program:
I. Line in the Sand (2017, 4:50, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white, digital sound) by Sandy McLennan
Double 8mm film, with its unique line down the middle, is used to reflect on divisions in thought, purpose, practice; in the world. Shot with lenses and a pinhole while visiting nearby lake access points, multi-exposed/edited in-camera and variously hand-processed including a wash in the ice and sand of the spring-melt lake. Sound is synthesized from pictures of a depth map of the lake and of the processed film itself (the mid line like a vinyl record groove) and mixed with location recordings. There is both a private and a public experience here. Dividing lines appear and wash away, and persist.
II. Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage (2016, 3:20, super 8 hand-processed colour, silent) by Sandy McLennan
Cottagers dedicate hours of their experience to traffic, dashing out from the city and back again, especially on Thanksgiving weekend. Shot during such a Friday night escape and holiday-Monday-night yield, the super 8 is in-camera edited and hand-processed.
III. The Last Skate (2018, 4:50, 8mm, stereo) by Sandy McLennan
The end of a decades-rare season for skating the entirety of smoothly-frozen lakes near home: Regular 8mm Bolex cameras double-exposing, sometimes a pinhole for a lens, hand-processed with various recipes and physicalities. The cameras failed miserably/wonderfully in the cold. Sound is not looped; you could skate forever. The living lake rumbles just under foot, solid and liquid. A naturally scary and oh so temporary place on earth. Spring begins to birth itself from the deep; winter had its turn.
IV. Moving, part one (2019, 3:37, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white/colour, English) by Sandy McLennan
Same shot of my house, Double 8mm film variously hand-processed over time of thinking about moving. Sound on a cassette plucked from a box to be purged - thoughts overdubbed on an Ideas radio program from the time I moved here in the first place, about the power of women.
V. Moving, part two (Ownerous) (2020, Regular/Double 8mm, black & white/colour, English) by Sandy McLennan
Continuing to move out/move in, emptying one box at a time.