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Uncovering Hidden Sounds, a sound art workshop
By Gordon Monahan
October 4 - 6, 2019
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River & Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
$165 (or $295 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost)
The presence of trees, empty space, autumn winds and the quiet ambience of a rural property outside South River, Ontario provide the context for this fall weekend intensive workshops with Gordon Monahan. Participants will use small motors and contact microphones to interact with space in a unique way - uncovering hidden sounds from both built structures and natural elements in the environment. This is a rare opportunity to work side by side with Gordon Monahan, a Canadian sound and media artist that has created many seminal works since the late 70’s and is a recipient of the Governor General’s prize for Media Arts.

In the past four years, NAISA has produced workshops exploring the soundscape of the rural Almaguin Highlands with its Artistic Director Darren Copeland and guest artists Natasha Barrett, Matt Rogalsky and Andra McCartney. This workshop with Gordon Monahan will bring a dimension to this exploration that will uncover unique sonic properties of the natural and built environment that would normally go unnoticed.


Price for Workshop Instruction, Materials and 2 nights accommodation at Warbler’s Roost is $300. Price without any overnight stay at Warbler’s Roost is $175. Advance Registration is required.

Workshop Schedule

Friday October 4 at NAISA North Media Arts Centre
7 to 8:30 pm - Exhibition Opening with Artist Talk

Saturday October 5 at Warbler’s Roost
10 am to 1 pm - Introduction and assembly of components
3 pm to 5 pm - On site experimentation and exploration by participants

Sunday October 6 at Warbler’s Roost
10 to 11:30 am - On site experimentation and exploration by participants
11:30 to 12:30 pm - Discussion and Wrap up

Practical Details

Participants should dress for the weather conditions which in the autumn can range from warm daytime temperatures to cool evening temperatures. Participants should bring their own food and beverages for lunch, dinner and snacks. Continental Breakfast will be provided for two days.

Location and Transportation

Warbler’s Roost is located at 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River, Ontario, Canada which is 22 km west of the village of South River. NAISA North Media Arts Centre is at 106 Ottawa Avenue which intersects with Highway 124 at the only stop light in South River.

Web Links

Gordon Monahan - gordonmonahan.com
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) - naisa.ca
Warbler’s Roost - warblersroost.ca
Ontario Northland - ontarionorthland.ca
Northern Airport - northernairport.com


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