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Art’s Birthday

ArtsBirthdayLargeNAISA participates in this annual international art event on or around January 17th to celebrate the birth of Art with performances and live broadcasts as well as hands on activities for the entire family to experience and create Art. The idea was proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. It has since been celebrated on January 17 as an annual exchange-art event by a collection of artists and artist organizations around the world.

Art’s Birthday 2021

The 1,000,0058th birthday of Art was celebrated online at NAISA by inviting the public to create audio interpretations of Anne-F Jacques’ text score “Piece for objects found in the street”.  NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland hosted workshops on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance and then on January 17 2021 there was a listening party to listen and discuss the pieces made up to that date.

Video and Audio Works

Here is a video of the version realized by Anne-F Jacques, author of the text score followed by an audio playlist of versions realized by other artists.

Anne-F Jacques – Piece for objects found in the street
Playlist of audio interpretations of “Piece for objects found in the street”

Throughout the weekend of January 16 to 17 in 2021 there were many Art’s Birthday livestream events happening around the world and included among those is Don Hill’s new installation Story Trees which can be enjoyed online.

Piece for objects found in the street

NAISA welcomes more realizations of “Piece for objects found in the street” should you wish to make one post-event.

These instructions suggest a way to perform and record an audio piece using found objects. You will need a recording device (digital recorder, phone, etc) and headphones. The completed piece can either be an audio or video file of 5 minutes maximum, and uploaded to a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud). Share the link to your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca. You can also decide to keep it as a private experiment.

  • Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
  1. a disposable coffee cup
  2. a dense heavy object
  3. a long, thin object
  4. another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you
  • Place the cardboard coffee cup over the microphone(s) of your recorder or phone, covering it/them if possible. You may use one of your hands to keep the cup in place, or find another way of securing it. Start recording.
  • Gently roll the dense object on the cup, attempting to have every face of the object be in contact with every face of the cup (not at the same time).
  • Remove the cup, replace it with the plastic lid secured over the mic. Insert the long thin object in the drinking hole of the lid and slide it in and out.
  • Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).
  • Stop the recording.
  • Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.