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48 Hour Sound Art Challenge
October 13 to 15, 4 pm to 4 pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River, Ontario
General $283, includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.
Advance Registration Required

This weekend intensive invites artists to create a sound art miniature in a 48-hour period.  The 48-hour Sound Art Challenge will take place at Warbler’s Roost, a 14-acre rural, forested and lake-side property in the Almaguin Highlands.  The Sound Art miniature should be an audio or audio-visual work less than 5 minutes in duration that speaks about the 'here and now' to someone real or imagined, familiar or unfamiliar. 

NAISA will provide assistance with access to its supply of equipment. Participating artists should bring their own portable recording devices and computers and other tools necessary for their creation.  Peer learning and sharing will be encouraged throughout the process and NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will facilitate and assist participants.

Results of the Challenge will be aired on NAISA Radio and NAISA’s social media channels after completion.

Photo by Anton Pickard


Artist Talk and Walking Workshop with Jessica Thompson
September 9, 2023, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
Jessica Thompson will lead a walk through South River to map sounds of the village using analog and digital* forms of mapmaking. Participants will learn about the social and political relationships between sound and place, and together will explore how the sonic landscape in South River has changed following the pandemic. Sounds identified during the soundwalk will be added to a larger sound map of the Almaguin Highlands on exhibit at NAISA. 

The Borderline iOS app is used for the digital component of the workshop. Borderline 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
Artist Talk with Don Ritter (In-person and Online)
September 14, 2023 at 7 pm (UTC-4)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario

Don Ritter will introduce and demonstrate "O telephone" for online and in-person audiences over the course of a live interview with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland for the Making Waves podcast series. O telephone is on exhibit at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River until December 4, 2023.