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Performances presented on 2023

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Re-Opening on Art's Birthday
January 17, 2023, 1:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 17 to celebrate the opening of its exhibition space and café at its new location at 313 Highway 124 in South River Ontario.   This will take place in conjunction with the annual international Art’s Birthday celebration and will include an outdoor performance on NAISA’s Decomposing Piano installation.  There is also an exhibition indoors - Tree Earth Sky and The Sound of Tree Rings.

“We are very excited to be re-opening in our newly renovated and accessible gallery and café and to welcome visitors back to experience media art. We have an indoor exhibition as well as an outdoor installation and our internet café with seating will once again allow for many community connections and art-inspired conversations. 

New Adventures in Sound Art’s staff and board of directors are very grateful for the funding received from the NOHFC that contributed towards the upgrades of NAISA’s new facilities.  We are also thankful for the many donations received from supporters far and wide that contributed towards the purchase of this new location.  This combined support will have a lasting contribution to the future vitality of NAISA as a media arts organization as well as to South River’s community as a whole." — Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

Indoor and Outdoor Exhibitions

Tree Earth Sky by Wild Empathy is a VR experience that invites visitors to look and listen to the underground mycelium network and its connected old-growth grove of trees on Vancouver Island, in 8K definition with ambisonic audio.  The Sound of Tree Rings by Simon Lysander Overstall is a generative musical work composed from the tree rings of a ‘tree cookie’ originating from an old growth cedar tree in Stanley Park (Xwayxway) downed in the windstorm of 2006.

The Decomposing Piano installation is a semi-permanent outdoor installation exploring the effects of the Northern Ontario climate on an upright piano. A ruined piano is a piano left outside in a natural environment for an extended period of time (see https://bolleter.wixsite.com/warpsmusic for further insights). With the gradual "decomposition" of the piano over time, new sounds will be uncovered with the aid of contact microphones and subtle forms of material born amplification. Through its entire decomposition process, the public is invited to play the piano and experience its transformation over the next year to 2 years. 
Uvattini Uqaalajunga - J' Appel chez nous - I Am Calling Home
By Geronimo Inutiq
February 18, 2023, 7:00 pm
Performance at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River. Audio stream at NAISA Radio and broadcast outdoors at Ice Follies site at Shabogesic Beach, North Bay.
General $12, in-person tickets here. Free for broadcast.

Geronimo Inutiq will be in residence for the Deep Wireless Festival to create a new commissioned radio art performance based on his ongoing project "Uvattini Uqaalajunga - J' Appel chez nous - I Am Calling Home." The performance can be experienced live in three different ways. As an in-person performance at NAISA in South River, as a digital audio broadcast on NAISA Radio, and as a sited audio broadcast at Ice Follies.

The project was initiated by Geronimo Inutiq during a residency with the SAW Nordic Lab in 2020 and has evolved into an installation for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and also into a virtual broadcaster that transmits a community show in three languages - English, French, and Inuktitut. All of these have weaved together experiences of living in the north from multiple cultural perspectives.

The content of his performance at Deep Wireless will remix voices recorded at round table discussions on Feb 16 at 2 pm at NAISA in South River and 8 pm at the Digital Creator Lab in North Bay. The round table discussions will explore how notions of home are shaped by natural environments and how these are different across different regions and cultures in the Canadian North.

Inutiq's appearance is part of NAISA's Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art and is supported in part by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Thank you to Digital Creator Lab and Ice Follies Festival in North Bay for their support of the North Bay events in this project. Photo by Robert Geoffrion.
Geronimo Inutiq is an electronic music producer, performer, DJ, multi-media artist, and operator of the Indigene Audio independent tape label. Starting off as a hip hop producer in Quebec City with seminal Presha Pack crew in the mid-90s, Inutiq started further exploring electronic music production techniques through private research and at Concordia University. Known for his work as "madeskimo" - and helping innovate a fusion of Inuit throat-singing and drumming with electronic beats - Inutiq has also become recognized for doing video and visual art in the context of museum, galleries, and public exhibits. Photo: Jocelyn Piirainen
Remote Connections Concert
March 4, 2023, 7:00 pm
Online Only - Click Here to Register
General $12, Click Here for Advance Registration

Three works from the Deep Wireless 17 Radio Art Compilation Album will be included in this online event on the theme _Remote Connections_. The presentation will feature a new work by Anton Pickard - this year's James Bailey award winner - as well as works by Juro Kim Feliz and Faisal Karadsheh.

Faisal Karadsheh's "to be heard (soundwalk’in_2021)" is derived from recordings of street protests in Toronto responding to national and international events. Anton Pickard features the sounds of dial up modems, morse code and the RCI shortwave interval signal. Juro Kim Feliz's "Kinalugarán" highlights the invisibility of Filipino artists based in first-world diaspora.

I. to be heard (soundwalk’in 2021) by Faisal Karadsheh
This work considers how bodies connect, congregate and organize themselves together. Paradoxically, the work was produced when governments regulated the proximity of social bodies, at a time when mass gatherings and protests were needed to facilitate social change. The protests addressed either national, transnational and international events as a way to connect, remotely, to a cause happening elsewhere.

The work is derived from a soundwalk project where listeners can experience the pieces by visiting the location and listening to the associated audio. For details go to: faisalkaradsheh.myportfolio.com/soundwalkin2021. In the soundwalk project the process of concentrating or suppressing “voices of protest”, as suggested by Hito Steyerl, is being explored formally. The site is composed of three distinct locations within a very specific region in Toronto. The three protests (Anti-Lockdown, Palestinian, Tamil) transpired at varying times during 2021, yet seem to align across a section of the city. The abstracted sound works examine the process of documenting and formally articulating protests, in connection to its position within the urban fabric and sonic landscape of the city.
II. Sound Connections by Anton Pickard
Sound Connections is constructed from 3 distinctive sounds. They are all from technologies that used sound to provide human connection across long distances. The sound sources include morse code, a dial up modem “handshake” and a shortwave interval signal from Radio Canada International.
III. Kinalugarán by Juro Kim Feliz
The Filipino word ‘kinalugaran’ refers to the site where something is set in position. “Kinalugarán” highlights invisibility among inhabited places as it interrogates Filipino artists based in first-world diaspora: violinist Ramon Alfonso Soberano (Tempe, Arizona, United States); film composer Marie-Luise Calvero (Freiburg, Germany); and theatre creator Riley Palanca (Montreal, Canada).

“Kinalugarán” includes additional recordings of Philippine indigenous instruments (“Idaw,” “Dayaw”) by Jayson Palolan, used with permission. The creation of “Kinalugarán” is made possible with the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
12:00 AM May 6 to 1:00 AM May 7
Listen on the Reveil Portal or on NAISA Radio

Reveil is a 24+1 hr radio broadcast that follows sunrise around the earth on Dawn Chorus Day, traveling west on live audio streams sent in by streamers at daybreak from their locations. Reveil brings city yards, remote rural sites, fresh and salt water bodies into communication, creating a collective audit of planetary soundworlds over one earth day.

Streams are hosted on the live soundmap by Locus Sonus (ESAAIX, Aix en Provence) with the support of Creacast, France. The broadcast is hosted by Wave Farm (Acra NY), Resonance Extra and can also be heard on NAISA Radio. Follow the Reveil portal during the broadcast for additional content and background.

Reveil 2023 is produced in London by Soundcamp, again in collaboration with guest mixers Leah Barclay in Australia and Fernando Godoy (Radio Tsonami) in Chile.

Partner organisations in the Acoustic Commons project: Full Of Noises (Cumbria UK) · Locus Sonus (Aix FR) · Radio CONA (Ljubljana SI) · HMU and TUC (Crete GR) · Cyberforest (Tokyo JP)

To propose a stream, soundcamp or transmission work, or to relay the broadcast, please use the short sign-up form.