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Discovering Hidden Sounds, a sound art workshop intensive
By Gordon Monahan
October 4 - 6, 2019. Advanced Registration is due by September 20, 2019.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River & Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
$150 (or $250 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost)

This workshop intensive with Gordon Monahan will uncover unique sonic properties of the natural and built environment that would normally go unnoticed. It is also a rare opportunity to work side by side with 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.

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 of workshops. Participants will use small motors and contact microphones to interact with space in a unique way - discovering hidden sounds from both built structures and natural elements in the environment. Learn how to make ‘balanced’ contact pickups using inexpensive materials, and how motors can be substituted for loudspeakers to reproduce audio.


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
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA)
Warbler’s Roost
Ontario Northland
Northern Airport


Artist Talk for Exhibition Opening of Kinetic Transmissions
By Gordon Monahan
October 4, 2019, 7:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

On the occasion of the Exhibition opening for Gordon Monahan's exhibition Kinetic Transmissions, the artist will discuss this work from 2016 in relation to his other sound installations and public art works that use audio signals to control kinetic motion and cause objects to resonate naturally.
The audio-visual works of Geronimo Inutiq
By Geronimo Inutiq
November 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

By combining video jockeying with the practice of DJ-ing, archives and original material can be presented in an experimental cut-up approach.

Artist Geronimo Inutiq has brought his audio-visual works into performance spaces as well as museums and art galleries, and has seen this base of video remix evolve to documentary video and experimental film.

During this talk Geronimo Inutiq will facilitate discussion on different topics in relation to the ideas presented while showing his video works "dubyadubs," "these apples," "winter," "yeah come on," "type amerindiens," "edmonton waterways" and super8 film "Man Goes to Park."

With this he hopes to provide a time and place for contemplation of different voices and alternative cosmogonies of a shared space called earth.