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Upcoming Performances

Piece for objects found in the street
By Anne-F Jacques
January 17, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission fee of $10

NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version realized by Anne-F Jacques.


Program:
I. Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques
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.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
- a disposable coffee cup
- a dense heavy object
- a long, thin object
- another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. 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.

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.
Piece for objects found in the street
By Anne-F Jacques
January 17, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Optional Admission fee of $10

NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version performed by Anne-F Jacques.

Program:
I. Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques
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.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
- a disposable coffee cup
- a dense heavy object
- a long, thin object
- another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. 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.

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.
Storytelling from another era
By Don Hill
January 30, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration


In this online presentation, Don Hill will lead a discussion on observations, topics and themes that emerge from his installation Story Trees, which can also be experienced online at storytrees.ca. The interactive digital software in the installation tags the tone & mood of oral history interviews he recorded in Northern Ontario in the 1970’s with Anne (Prevost) Hill. Sensitive to the modern listener's disposition, the dynamic software sets in motion complementary audio & visual materiel in the spirit of a Socratic dialogue; it’s in this way, the contemporary listener is perhaps drawn to different conclusions about what they hear and feel about storytelling from another era.
Don Hill Sound artist & designer, writer, broadcaster, musician and interactive media producer, Don Hill is a former national host of CBC Radio One’s Tapestry. His newest work STORY TREES is a modified ‘responsive architecture’ & interactive online exhibition. Don’s prior investigation of psychoacoustics of ‘place’ inspired his augmented reality app Edmonton Soundwalks, a 3D audio guide for mobile phones. Special Places: Writing-On- Stone is an immersive 360 video presentation that scales from full-dome screens to VR (virtual reality) headsets. In residency with the UK’s renowned Blast Theory he made WRGO (what’s really going on), a surreal 3D audio narrative.
Sonik Boom
By Janet Rogers
February 6, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

Origin stories and cosmology stories are important and generational hereditary tales which root us, as Indigenous people, in our identity reaching far beyond any land based migration legends and most certainly lives outside any notion of a land bridge. We know where we come from, and we know to where we will return.

In this online presentation, Janet Rogers will be on hand to present and discuss three of her recent poetic audio works. Presentation will take place over Whereby. Admission fee is optional, but advance registration is required.

Program:
I. Stereo Ribbons by Janet Rogers
Stereo Ribbons was inspired by the announcement that NASA had released a new batch of (space) sounds for public consumption. Reading in their descriptions that some of the sounds were described/labeled as stereo ribbons, I thought this was a lovely title and produced a beautiful visual to think of this sound ribbons floating through space - in their own time, taking their own shapes and traveling or not traveling to whatever destination pleased them.
II. tsi tkaronhya ke by Janet Rogers
tsi takaronhya ke - in the sky - is a sound narrative featuring digital compositions by Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and Inuit DJ Geronimo Inutiq (formerly known as madeskimo) featuring Sylvia Cloutier produced by Mohawk sound and radio artist Janet Rogers. This sound journey expresses challenges within change and transitional phases. Within Indigenous spiritual teachings and origin stories the sky and or space is where human spirit joins the physical realms and where our spirits also return. Transition almost always includes elements of chaos and confusion before understanding and acceptance is achieved. tsi tkaronhya ke is the sound journey of spiritual transitioning.
III. Sky Woman Falling by Janet Rogers
Two original poems revisiting the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, Sky Woman, with self-produced sounds and original music by Liv Wade.
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1963 and raised in southern Ontario. Janet traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. Janet is based on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River where she operates the Ojistoh Publishing label. Janet works in page poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and media and sound artist. Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016, “As Long As the Sun Shines” (English edition), Bookland Press 2018 with a Mohawk language edition released in 2019. “Ego of a Nation” is Janet’s 7th poetry title which she independently produced on the Ojistoh Publishing label 2020. Janet currently serves as the McMaster University and Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021. Janet and collaborator Jackson Twobears as 2Ro Media. They combine their individual talents and skills along with National Screen Institute training to produce two short documentaries; NDNs on the Airwaves about Six Nations radio (APTN 2016), Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019 featuring the travels of literary trailblazer and Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson, and The Spirit of Rage a short experimental video poem about anti-racism.
20 Years of Radio and Sound Art
By Anna Friz and James Bailey
March 12, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Free audio broadcast on NAISA Radio and Video Conference location issued with advance paid registration.
General $10, Students FREE

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of New Adventures in Sound Art with performances by radio and transmission artists who have contributed significantly to the history of Deep Wireless and NAISA as a whole. Included are performances by James Bailey and Anna Friz with more to be announced.

Program:
I. Live Performance by Anna Friz
A new radio art work transmitted outdoors from Santa Cruz, California.
II. Hava NAiSAnniversary by James Bailey
A new work by Toronto radio artist and experimental improvisor.
Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and media artist and media studies scholar. Since 1998 Anna has predominantly created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. In the autumn of 2015 she joined the Film and Digital Media department at University of California Santa Cruz as Assistant Professor of Sound. Her radio art/works have been commissioned by national public radio and heard on the airwaves of more than 25 countries. Anna is currently a core curatorial and steering member of Skálar | Sound Art | Experimental Music, based in east Iceland, run by a collective of practicing professional artists. She is a Wave Farm/ free103point9.org transmission artist, and a long-time contributor to ORF Kunstradio, Austria.
James Bailey is an improvising sound artist living in Toronto. His main practice involves found objects and/or electronics as well as standard instruments played in unconventional ways. He is, and has been, involved with several small performance groups during the last twenty years but had been recording solo works for nearly twenty years before that. He produces the weekly radio show "Electric Storm / Missing Sense" on CIUT FM in Toronto every Wednesday at 11 pm.