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SOUNDplay Presentation

Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf by Ben Donoghue
Available for Online Viewing December 4 to 20, 2021.


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.

Ben Donoghue is a euro-settler background filmmaker and cultural worker living in Toronto. Working with Super 8 and 16mm film and field recordings his practice explores subcultures and resistance, macro-economic forces in landscape, and the edges of knowing. Past projects have included films of various durations for cinema, galleries, artist books, zines, and radio. Upcoming projects include features, a number of shorts, and research projects that engage with: landscape, folklore, underground music scenes, astronomy, anarchist communes, and reenactment.

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization based in South River ON, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA operates the NAISA North Media Arts Centre. NAISA’s annual events include: the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, the SOUNDplay festival and Springscapes. The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective is achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.