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[NAISA - New Adventures in Sound Art] NAISA Sound Channel September 2019

1) Sound Travels Exhibition & Performances during Culture Days
2) SOUNDplay Festival opens October 4, 2019
3) SOUNDplay Festival Exhibitions
4) SOUNDplay Festival Workshop Intensive with Gordon Monahan
5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art Jan 17 – Mar 30, 2020

All events below are presented at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON

1) Sound Travels Exhibition & Performances during Culture Days

Lames @ NAISA interactive exhibition by Sonia Paço-Rocchia
continues to Sept 29, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
Pay By Donation

Lames @ NAISA is an interactive installation for an ensemble of automated musical saws. The piece is a sonic story about what it feels not to walk on the beaten track, the anxiety and the liberty it gives. The composition follows paths that are chosen depending on how the visitors position themselves in the room.

Double-Tranchant @ NAISA performances by Sonia Paço-Rocchia during Culture Days
Sep 27-29, 2019, 11 am to 3 pm, FREE

Double-Tranchant @ NAISA is a drop-in live performance by Sonia Paço-Rocchia that will take place during Culture Days weekend using musical saws and other instruments inspired by objects that can cut. The performance is a commentary on the contrast between the brute, the sharp and the flexible, the fascinating.

2) SOUNDplay Festival

Oct 4, 2019 – January 6, 2020

NAISA’s fall SOUNDplay Festival, established in 2002, is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration.
“NAISA’s 2019 edition of SOUNDplay completes NAISA’s programming cycle exploring the theme ‘Off the Beat(en) Track.’ Although that theme undeniably references NAISA’s journey from Toronto to the Near North in Ontario, it also serves as a point of departure for artists journeying to far off places or for revealing less familiar details that may lie hidden in very familiar places. SOUNDplay 2019 invites audiences to wander down a new path where time and space may be organized differently and where alternative ways for exploring the familiar reveals unfamiliar layers of detail.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.
SOUNDplay includes exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and workshops and this year features works by artists Gordon Monahan, Geronimo Inutiq and more at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

3) SOUNDplay Festival Exhibitions

Kinetic Transmissions by Gordon Monahan
Oct 4, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, PWYC

Kinetic Transmissions, created in 2016, uses audio signals to create kinetic movements in motors. The audio vibrations are transmitted through the motors and into resonant objects such as drums, which amplify the audio recordings. At the same time that the audio recordings are transmitted and amplified into the drums, they also cause other motors to tremble and shake in kinetic gestures. These audio-induced movements, in turn, provide kinetic motions that result in percussion events, such as motors that have bells or sea shells attached to them, or wires that play wine glasses or drums as percussion objects.

Off the Beat(en) Track screenings
Oct 4, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, PWYC

Enjoy the new Media Art Lounge at NAISA North with a selection of videomusic works that explore the theme “Off the Beat(en) Track.”

4) SOUNDplay Festival Workshop Intensive

Discovering Hidden Sounds, a sound art workshop intensive with Gordon Monahan
Oct 4 – 6, 2019, $150 (or $250 with 2 nights accommodation / $150 with no accommodation)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River & Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
Advanced Registration due by September 20, 2019.

The presence of trees, empty space, autumn winds and the quiet ambience of a rural property outside South River, Ontario provide the context for this fall weekend intensive of workshops with Gordon Monahan. Participants will learn how to make ‘balanced’ contact pickups using inexpensive materials, and how motors can be substituted for loudspeakers to reproduce audio. They will use small motors and contact microphones to interact with space in a unique way – discovering hidden sounds from both built structures and natural elements in the environment. This is also a rare opportunity to work side by side with Gordon Monahan, a Canadian sound and media artist that has created many seminal works since the late 70’s and is a recipient of the Governor General’s prize for Media Arts.

5) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 17 – March 30, 2020

A celebration of Radio and Transmission Art presented by New Adventures in Sound Art. It begins with Art’s Birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues until spring with performances, special radio broadcasts, interactive installations, and workshops at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. Deep Wireless 2020 features an installation exhibition and workshops by Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart.


New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre is Accessible

Inquiries & general information:

Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0
705-386-0880 /

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