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Installations presented on 2019

Re-Collect / Re-Told: Your Stories of New And Old
January 3 – March 31, 2019, Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

NAISA wants to hear your voice – the voice of your children and the voice of your parents and grandparents. All of these voices will be matched in this interactive exhibit with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North.
By Jane Tingley, Cindy Poremba and Marius Kintel
January 17 to April 1, 2019, Open 8 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

anyWare is a distributed media sculpture comprised of two identical objects and a third virtual online portal that are individually connected to the Internet and physically mirror each other.

The anyWare sculptures are art objects that telematically connect different locations in the world and enable distal physical communication. The objects simultaneously respond to people who interact directly with them, as well as allow them to interact with each other through the sculptures.

Structuring these interactions are a number of games and puzzles for people to play/solve, either individually or collaboratively. The objects transform in the experience of exploration (either with one person or potentially with many people) and in so doing reveal different levels of interactivity and aesthetic experience.

The creation and production of anyWare would not be possible without the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Jane Tingley is an artist, curator, and Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo (CA). She is interested in how interactivity combined with art objects and installation can be used to explore contemporary experience. She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture and the first prize in the iNTERFACES – Interactive Art Competition in Porto (PT). She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in the Americas, Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. She is an Assistant Professor (Digital Entertainment) at OCAD University (Toronto, CA) and Co-Director of OCAD’s game:play Lab. Her work has been published in journals such as Eludamos, Loading and Games & Culture, as well as edited collections, art catalogs and magazines. She is currently on the board of directors of the Hand Eye Society, North America’s oldest videogame arts non-profit based in Toronto. Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu/Play Along (FR), and XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design and “New Arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental videogame collective.
Marius Kintel is a professional software engineer who currently works at Thalmic Labs in Kitchener, Ontario. As an artist Marius works with non-traditional materials and repurposes things and technology in unusual ways. His personal projects include multiple creations in the computer art subculture known as the demoscene, building a company in Norway that developed Open Source 3D graphics software, developing self replicating machines in the REPRAP project, as well as he is the primary developer of openSCAD - a 3D modeling program designed for 3D printing.
NAISARadio Cafe
January 3 – March 31, 2019, Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Journey in your mind to a place ‘off the beaten track’ and explore an eclectic range of radio and sound art from around the world while sitting at one of NAISA’s Café tables. NAISARadio Café is a curated listening experience delivered through radio receivers on café tables. The broadcast will consist of works made by artists from Asia, Europe, the middle East, and across Canada who have responded to NAISA's 2019 programming theme of Off the Beat(en) Track. The collection will also be available online on NAISA's 24/7 radio art stream NAISA Radio and on NAISA's Soundcloud album collection called Deep Wireless 14.
Immobile Device
By Josh Gumiela
February 16 to 18, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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Our mobile devices track our movements, allowing corporations to predict our behavior. The work Immobile Device provides reason to put our phones down and allow our senses to meander down a different path, leading us away from the conventions of high technology and towards new conceptions of connectedness. After exploring Immobile Device during Family Day weekend, Josh Gumiela will lead you on an Electromagnetic Sound Hunt to uncover electromagnetic sounds that exist in many other common electronic devices.
Josh Gumiela is a sound artist currently teaching Digital Media Arts at Hamline University. His work explores themes of time and displacement through generative sound, performance, installation, and kinetic sculpture. Gumiela has performed at venues including Nashville’s Centennial Black Box Theatre and his sound design work has screened at venues including Ethnografilm, Paris. His recent exhibitions include the IDMAA IDEAS exhibition and Currents New Media Festival.
Listen In
By Udo Noll and The Listen(n) Project
April 4 to June 17, 2019, Open 8 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Listen In includes two interactive works that give the opportunity to the participant to both broaden their understanding of the soundscapes of faraway places, places that they may not have been exposed to at any time in their lives and to focus on the sounds rather than solely the sites of a place. Each of the works do this in very different ways: LListen(n): Embodied Sonic Experiences is a virtual reality nature experience that provides full 360 spherical images and ambisonic sounds of protected ecosystems in Arizona, California, Mexico and Germany. The radio aporee Geomixer uses an online map to mix soundscape recordings captured globally by hundreds of volunteers and professionals

NAISA would love to populate the radio aporee sound map with as many spring soundscapes of the Almaguin Highlands as possible. Want to add sounds from your own backyard to the radio apogee map? Click here to learn about an upcoming workshop at NAISA to get you started.

I. Listen(n): Embodied sonic experiences by The Listen(n) Project
Listen(n) is a virtual reality work in which users look around the environments wearing a virtual reality headset as if truly present in a landscape. As the user shifts around the spatial audio imaging adjusts to match visual orientation. The Listen(n) Project pursues questions about the role and function of sound and the perception of sound for a deeper understanding of place, presence, belonging and sustainability issues.
II. radio aporee: Geomixer by Udo Noll
The radio aporee: Geomixer uses a web browser for listeners to mix soundscape recordings from a global public archive updated daily by hundreds of volunteers and professionals. radio aporee is a global soundmap dedicated since 2006 to field recording, phonography and the art of listening. It connects sound recordings to its places of origin on a google map, in order to create a sonic cartography, publicly accessible as a collaborative project. The radio aporee platform also invokes experiments at the boundaries of different media and public space. Within this notion, radio means both a technology in transition and a narrative. it constitutes a field whose qualities are connectivity, contiguity and exchange. concepts of transmitter/ receiver and performer/ listener may become transparent and reversible.

Udo Noll born in 1966, is a media artist and degreed engineer for film, photography and media technology. He lives and works in Berlin and Cologne. Since the mid 1990s he has worked as an artist and media professional in numerous international projects and exhibitions. Udo Noll is the founder and active developer of radio aporee, a project platform for the artistic research of concepts and applications related to sound, space and place, with focus on field recording and corresponding practices.
The Listen(n) Project includes the collaborative team of Garth Paine, Julie Ann Wrigley, Sabine Feisst, Cornelius Poepel and Jenny Kaneis. The Listen(n) team is grounded in the field of Acoustic Ecology which studies and documents the sounds of the environment. They pursue questions about the role and function of sound and the perception of sound for a deeper understanding of place, presence, belonging and sustainability issues. The Listen(n) team also has offered on-site activities including listening and field recording workshops and soundwalks. It has developed online tools, including novel internet streaming technologies, and geo-located walking apps for mobile devices for virtual soundwalks through remote wilderness environments.
Elektrik Bugs
By Stephanie Castonguay
June 21 to July 22, 2019, Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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Elektrik Bugs is a sound and light installation created by Stephanie Castonguay from electronic workshops with students from the South River Public School where they experiment with the concept of how sound waves are transformed into electric signals, allowing this energy to travel through light and be converted back into sound by the means of an amplified solar panel. Elektrik Bugs is produced with the support of Perte de Signal and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Stephanie Castonguay - Fascinated by the origins of our current digital media, Stephanie Castonguay is an experimental artist who explores the materiality of our disrupted communications through DIY electronic devices and sound installations. Her work has been shown in Montreal (International Montreal/New Music festival, the International Digital Arts Biennial, Perte de Signal, Eastern Bloc, Fondation Molinari) and abroad, at Centre Fokal (HT), STEIM (NL), Tsonami (CL). She has performed her work at festivals such as Sight & Sound, PirateBlocRadio, Ibrida Pluri III, Printemps Numériques, Instruments Make Play (NL) and Festival Tsonami (CL). She is a member of Perte de Signal.