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A Good Ways North
By Ayesha Barmania
February 29, 2020, 2:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

A Good Ways North is an experimental documentary by Ayesha Barmania exploring the perspectives of residents of South River, Ontario, the sounds of the space, and the connections between imagined and real remoteness, incorporating ideas of place-based inquiry, imagined communities, and identity. Ayesha Barmania will also give an artist talk that explores place through interviews & sound.
Ayesha Barmania is an emerging audio artist, journalist and documentary maker, based in Peterborough, Ontario. Their work explores connection to place and identity utilizing interviews and field recordings. Ayesha is the founder of Peterborough Independent Podcasters, and produces two podcasts: Sounds Like Life and Peterborough Currents, in addition to independent productions and consulting.
Hand-made Muskoka Films
By Sandy McLennan
April 18, 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $10

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents a screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films “Line in the Sand”, “The Last Skate”, “Moving, part one” and “Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage”.

I. Line in the Sand (2017, 4:50, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white, digital sound) by Sandy McLennan
Double 8mm film, with its unique line down the middle, is used to reflect on divisions in thought, purpose, practice; in the world. Shot with lenses and a pinhole while visiting nearby lake access points, multi-exposed/edited in-camera and variously hand-processed including a wash in the ice and sand of the spring-melt lake. Sound is synthesized from pictures of a depth map of the lake and of the processed film itself (the mid line like a vinyl record groove) and mixed with location recordings. There is both a private and a public experience here. Dividing lines appear and wash away, and persist.
II. The Last Skate (2018, 4:50, 8mm, stereo) by Sandy McLennan
The end of a decades-rare season for skating the entirety of smoothly-frozen lakes near home: Regular 8mm Bolex cameras double-exposing, sometimes a pinhole for a lens, hand-processed with various recipes and physicalities. The cameras failed miserably/wonderfully in the cold. Sound is not looped; you could skate forever. The living lake rumbles just under foot, solid and liquid. A naturally scary and oh so temporary place on earth. Spring begins to birth itself from the deep; winter had its turn.
III. Moving, part one (2019, 3:37, Double 8mm hand-processed black & white/colour, English) by Sandy McLennan
Same shot of my house, Double 8mm film variously hand-processed over time of thinking about moving. Sound on a cassette plucked from a box to be purged - thoughts overdubbed on an Ideas radio program from the time I moved here in the first place, about the power of women.
IV. Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage (2016, 3:20, super 8 hand-processed colour, silent) by Sandy McLennan
Cottagers dedicate hours of their experience to traffic, dashing out from the city and back again, especially on Thanksgiving weekend. Shot during such a Friday night escape and holiday-Monday-night yield, the super 8 is in-camera edited and hand-processed
V. Pinhole Camera (2015, 2:59, super 8 hand-processed black & white, silent) by Sandy McLennan
A sequence demonstrating how a cardboard pinhole camera is built and used. Edited in camera.
Sandy McLennan is a multidisciplinary artist thriving on reinvention. A Sheridan College Media Arts graduate (1981), he worked as Audio-Visual/Computer Technician in schools until 2014, residing near Huntsville, Ontario since 1986. Making movies on celluloid film or digital video, he is compelled to reproduce docu-drama evidence of the world around him. After decades away he is back in his home darkroom, hand-processing motion picture film. He employs both a portable darkroom and portable cinema to take film outside. Sandy has received grants from the Ontario Arts council to teach pinhole photography and has led workshops at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. McLennan's experience includes performing with the Canadian Opera Company at age 7, shooting slides in Hong Kong in 1972, tape recording R.Murray Schafer’s lake opera in 1981, documenting a canoe trip on 16mm film, mounting solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation, audio and motion pictures and installation/performance collaborations with Beverley Hawksley for Nuit Blanche North.
Gesture and Transformation
By David Eagle and Jordan Wyshniowsky
May 2, 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $10

A concert of interactive electroacoustic soundscapes by guest composer David Eagle from Calgary. The concert will feature the premiere of Tactus for solo cello and interactive soundscapes performed by North Bay cellist Jordan Wyshniowsky.
David Eagle composes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, and explores interactive computer applications in composition, improvisation, multimedia and sound spatialization. In 2013 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He studied music at McGill University, at the Institut für Neue Musik, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1992). Active as a composer and interpreter of interactive works, he has developed various approaches focusing on sonic transformation through gesture. With the aim of enhancing live expression in electroacoustic and interactive music, he performed an alternative controller called the aXiO. A major project was ‘one thousand curves, ten thousand colours’, a collaborative multimedia concert with composer Hope Lee and Ensemble Resonance, integrating live acoustic and electroacoustic music with computer-generated images. Eagle's work can be heard on New Concert Discs, Clef, UNICAL, isidorart recording, ARKTOS Recordings, MAPL, New Works Calgary and Centrediscs labels.
Jordan Wyshniowsky is principal cellist with the North Bay Symphony and is a strings instructor with the Symphony String School. He has studied with former Sudbury Symphony and North Bay Symphony conductor, Metro Kozak, and with National Arts Centre Orchestra cellists Amanda Forsyth and Margaret Munro Tobolowska. He is active in performing and recording music in the North Bay area. Recent projects have included performing with the Almaguin Strings and Hidden Roots Collective. He has recently released a recording of instrumentals called 'Jordan Music', featuring cello, guitar, and keyboards.