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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.
By Mark Sepic
July 27 to August 5, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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Junkestra is a sound installation made from recycled objects by Mark Sepic in collaboration with children participating in the Near North Enviro-Education Centre's summer camp program. On July 27 join Mark Sepic and jam with him to discover new musical possibilities from discarded materials.
Lames @ NAISA
By Sonia Paço-Rocchia
Aug 8 to September 29, 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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Lames @ NAISA is an interactive installation for an ensemble of automated musical saws. The piece is a sonic story about what it feels not to walk on the beaten track, the anxiety and the liberty it gives. The composition follows paths that are chosen depending on how the visitors position themselves in the room.
Sonia Paço-Rocchia is a composer, sound installation artist, improviser, maker, creative coder, live electronics musician. Her work has been presented all over North America and Europe. Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s research is about sounds, timbres and forms. Talented improviser, she uses a myriad of sound-makers, invented instruments and sound automatons, voice and mostly bassoon, along with live electronics. Working on the form, most of her work have visual elements and are non-linear, choices given to the players, or, for installation work, interactivity shapes the compositions. - http://www.musinou.net
Kinetic Transmissions
By Gordon Monahan
October 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020, 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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This installation from 2016 uses audio signals to create kinetic movements in motors. The audio vibrations are transmitted through the motors and into resonant objects such as drums, which amplify the audio recordings. At the same time that the audio recordings are transmitted and amplified into the drums, they also cause other motors to tremble and shake in kinetic gestures. These audio-induced movements, in turn, provide kinetic motions that result in percussion events, such as motors that have bells or sea shells attached to them, or wires that play wine glasses or drums as percussion objects. The piece exists as a gallery installation that becomes an immersive kinetic audio environment that the audience can enter to experience.

Photo from 2016 exhibition at Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, presented by Klangspuren, Schwaz, Austria.

Gordon Monahan - His works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. See the artist's webpage for his full biography.
Off the Beat(en) Track
October 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020, 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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NAISA completes its year long exploration of the theme "Off the Beat(en) Track" with a video installation screening of works exploring auditory and visual rhythms by Darsha Hewitt with Nelly-Eve Rajotte, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Myriam Boucher, Jeff Morris and an early film by Canadian animation pioneer Norman McLaren.

I. Side Man 5000 Project by Darsha Hewitt & Nelly-Eve Rajotte
The Wurlitzer Side Man 5000, created in 1959, is the world's oldest (and heaviest) commercially available drum machine. Darsha Hewitt explores the aesthetic and innovative potential of reviving the Side Man through her youtube series A Sideman 5000 Adventure. Meanwhile, Nelly-Ève Rajotte offers a lush and immersive audio-visual experience that exposes the complex and unique workings of the Wurlitzer Side Man 5000, accompanied by a composition of sound bites from this instrument.
II. Dots by Norman McLaren
The Canadian animation pioneer Norman McLaren was well known for the close relationship between image and sound in his films. This was a result in part of the fact that he worked directly on the film where he could jointly create both the image and the sound. Dots, and the companion film, Loops were made in 1940 prior to his work at the National Film Board of Canada when he was a penniless immigrant, short of cash and security, in New York. As Jaroslaw Kapuscinski relates in his essay Norman McLaren: Synergist, “Having no money for music he painted it directly on the optical track. To make them he would take strips of film, 60 frames in length, one at a time, and draw images and immediately after that sounds. He thought in single visual events with single sound events associated with them. He would say later with a synesthetic kind of humour that the sounds had resonance of kisses with a shade of raspberry.”
III. The Persistence of Elusion: Hard and Soft Dances by Jeff Morris
This work seeks the "native voice" of a classic drum machine by turning it on its head: manipulating its underlying clock, from which all rhythms and timbres are formed. Surprising sounds emerge from innocuous instruments, and complex “melodies” of temporalities emerge, playing between stability and surprise. The text meanders randomly (and shaped by the audio) through an essay on the aesthetics of the work, relating to Salvador Dalí’s fascination with what he called the “hardness” and “softness” of things (including time). The other video content gives fleeting, glitchy glimpses of me and my screen while performing this work, occasionally creating feedback loops that allow new shapes and effects to emerge.
IV. Cités by Myriam Boucher
Material to digital cities. the world is reversed
inhabited space dies and reborn ruin or dust
no matter
trace has resonance in us a noise that lasts
V. Variation III (Mondrian Variations) by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski
Variation III from a suite of audiovisual explorations of artwork by Piet Mondrian. The Mondriaan Variations were produced in 1992 at Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA) in Paris and later revised in 2011. The work has awards from the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1992), the Festival du Film d'Art de l'UNESCO, and most recently First Prize at the Fresh Minds Festival.