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Upcoming Installations

WAVES Playground and Table Piece
Presented for Culture Days
By Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik
September 28 – 30, 2018, Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
The Culture Days presentation at NAISA North Media Arts Centre features two interactive works ‘WAVES Playground’ and ‘Table Piece’ by Dutch multi-disciplinary artists Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik. The interactive audio-visual experience will teach you how sound travels through space and different materials. Fun for the entire family! Dubach and van Horrik are a Dutch multi-disciplinary media art duo that have been combining movement, sound and architecture in every thinkable way since 1983.

The presentation of Dutch multi-disciplinary sound art duo Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik at NAISA is supported by a financial contribution from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Toronto. The Sunday presentation includes a free artist talk at 1:30 pm.
Petra Dubach and Mario van Horrik are a Dutch multi-disciplinary sound art duo that have been working together since 1983. Their work combines movement, sound and architecture in every thinkable way: concerts, installations, performances, in situ projects and graphic works as well. Both artists are the co-founders of Antarctica multi-media group that performed in Europe from 1987-1992. In 2010 Petra and Mario started their research project WAVES where they investigate the artistic possiblities of creating subsonic feedback, vibration feedback, double feedback and combined feedback systems. Besides that they make projects that translate one medium into another medium: e.g. timetables of public transportation into musical scores.
Biidaaban: First Light, a virtual reality film
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada
By Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett and Jam3
October 4 – November 25, 2018, Thursday to Monday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
An interactive virtual reality film directed by Lisa Jackson, 3D art by Mathew Borrett and produced by NFB.

A large urban city is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is thriving.

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.

Language carries the knowledge of its speakers. Indigenous North American languages are radically different from European languages and embody sets of relationships to the land, to each other, and to time itself. But as Indigenous languages face the risk of disappearing, we risk losing what they have to teach us.

Biidaaban: First Light asks users to think about their place in history and their role in a possible future. As they move through a highly realistic future Toronto reclaimed by nature, they hear the languages of the place originally known as Tkaronto. Through gaze-based interactions, users engage with the written text of the Wendat, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) and gain insight into the complex thought systems of this land’s first peoples.

The VR environment was created using to-scale architectural models of Toronto’s Osgoode subway station and the buildings surrounding Nathan Phillips Square.

Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe) is one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists working in film and VR. In Biidaaban: First Light, Lisa joins forces with 3D artist Mathew Borrett to create a future for Canada’s largest urban centre from an Indigenous female perspective.

This presentation of Biidaaban: First Light would not be possible without the generous support and production of the National Film Board.
Lisa Jackson - Anishinaabe director Lisa Jackson’s award-winning fiction and documentary films have screened widely at festivals such as Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW and London BFI. Her work has also aired on many networks in Canada and earned her a Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar®). Lisa’s upcoming projects include an IMAX film and more traditional film and TV work. Visit her website. Photo by Michael Labre.
Mathew Borrett creates rich environments using digital and traditional media. His work can be seen on film and TV, and recently in virtual reality experiences as well. Mathew’s home city of Toronto often serves as the inspiration for his work.