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Past Installations

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Installations presented on 2020


Re-Collect / Re-Told: Your Stories of New And Old
January 2, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

An ongoing collection of stories as told by children, parents and grandparents in the Almaguin Highlands are shared in this interactive exhibit matched with historic photos to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North. Come add your voice to the mix!

Visit the NAISA North Media Arts Centre and Café for a short interview in exchange for a free beverage and a chance to share your perspective on life in South River and the Almaguin Highlands. The contributions collected up until February 28, 2020 will be incorporated into a new radio work by Ayesha Barmania.
Songs of Ice
By Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart
January 17 to March 30, 2020. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Pay by Donation

Songs of Ice brings together the work of Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart, two Ottawa-based interdisciplinary artists who have a shared passion for sonic exploration. In this exhibition, they explore the sonic properties of ice in both solid and melting forms while creating a two-way interaction between an outdoor geodesic dome and an indoor exhibition area at NAISA. Elements of the work will be developed through a two-day workshop with students from the South River Public School.Visitors are invited to make music with the delicate ice instruments, but please be gentle. For added enjoyment there is Glacialis, a video documenting performances by Jesse Stewart using ice instruments.
Michael Waterman is a Canadian visual and audio artist whose work focuses on sound installation, improvisational performance, and radio art. His sound installations have been presented in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have been featured at the Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium in St. John's and at both CAFKA and Open Ears Festivals in Kitchener. In 1997 Waterman created the Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour at Trent Radio in Peterborough where he was artist-in -residence. The weekly show links participants from Los Angeles, Berkeley, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Guelph, Peterborough and Sarnia via tele-conferencing and web streaming to perform live weekly audio improvisations. He has given artists talks, offered instrument building and sound workshops for youth and adults as well as facilitated sound art jam sessions.
Jesse Stewart is a visual artist, composer, percussionist, instrument builder, and educator dedicated to re-imagining the space between artistic disciplines. After studies in both visual art and music at the University of Guelph and York University, his creative work has often crossed disciplinary boundaries, exploring the links between the visual and the sonic arts. An example is Glacialis which is a piece for instruments that he designed and built out of ice that was premiered at the WinterCity and Winterlude Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa. As a visual artist, Stewart has exhibited work in over twenty exhibitions at galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, the Glenhyrst Gallery, the Peterborough Art Gallery, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Five exhibition catalogues have been published about his work. As a musician, he works primarily in the areas of jazz, experimental music, and free improvisation. His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album which received the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” JUNO award. He has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries from around the world. He also has extensive experience facilitating community-engaged art and music projects. Through the We Are All Musicians (WAAM) project, an organization he founded and directs, he has conducted hundreds of inclusive music workshops throughout Canada and the United States. In 2019, director Hasi Eldib made a documentary about the We Are All Musicians project (see https://vimeo.com/334477726 ). Jesse Stewart has received numerous awards and honours including the Ottawa Arts Council’s Mid-Career Artist Award and the Order of Ottawa. He is a Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University, and an adjunct faculty member in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Ottawa.
Radio in Transformation
January 17 to March 30, 2020. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

NAISA’s media art lounge will include the latest in the on-going transformation of radio and transmission art with recent works selected from across Canada and around the world played back using a multi-channel system.
NAISA Radio Cafe
January 17 to March 30, 2020. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

NAISA Radio Café is a curated listening experience delivered through radio receivers on café tables. The broadcast will consist of works made by Canadian and International artists who have responded to NAISA’s 2020 programming theme of Transformation.
Octet
By Matthew Rogalsky
June 25 to August 17, 2020. Open 11 am to 3 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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Octet is a sound installation with eight SM58 vocal microphones wired in reverse to become tiny loudspeakers, and eight modified archival birdsong recordings by William WH Gunn (1951, with permission of the Macaulay Library of Environmental Sound, Cornell University).

This sound installation, which re-purposes common stage vocal microphones as tiny loudspeakers - eight of them hanging from the widespread branches of a tree - is part of ongoing research with Laura J. Cameron into the life and work of William W.H. Gunn, early Canadian environmental sound recordist. Octet is a creative response to Gunn's practice, and it was followed in 2017 and 2018 by two other sound installations exploring his sound library.

Beginning in 1951, Gunn recorded environmental sounds all over Canada and around the world. He gave numerous public lectures on birdsong and to reveal its intricacies he often played his tapes back at slow speeds. This presentation of the piece employs eight birdsong recordings made by Gunn in Ontario in 1951. You will periodically hear Gunn’s voice introducing a recording, followed by playback slowed down by 80%. Each microphone-speaker is a unique source.

The piece, situated in a tree, plays with the culture of “soloist” birdsong recording (isolating one bird from its surrounding “noise” as much as possible), the notion of birds as performers, the “reversibility principle” of microphones and loudspeakers, and Gunn’s encouragement of birdsong identification and appreciation through his lectures and the “Sounds of Nature” LP series he produced from the 1950s into the 1970s.

Matthew Rogalsky is a composer, sound artist and musicologist. Since 1985 he has presented work regularly in performances and gallery exhibitions across North America and Europe. His areas of research include histories, reconstructions and new performances of late 20th century electronic and experimental music. He has given performances of the music of David Tudor, Alvin Lucier, Phil Niblock, John Cage, David Behrman, Rhys Chatham and Terry Riley, among others. His writing has been published in Leonardo Music Journal, Canadian Theatre Review, Social and Cultural Geography, Public, and Musicworks. An exhibition catalog with DVD, entitled "When he was in high school in Texas, Eric Ryan Mims used a similar arrangement to detect underground nuclear tests in Nevada," is available from the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's.