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NAISA's 20th anniversary edition of its SOUNDplay festival continues to serve artists and audiences alike with an experimental platform for encouraging new avenues of exploration between sound and new media.  Featured this year is programming on this year's theme Digital in Nature with an in-person exhibition by Julia White, as well as online screenings, performances and artist talks with Laurel MacDonald, Phil Strong, Véro Marengère, Tansy Xiao and Ben Donoghue.

 

"NAISA's programming theme of Digital in Nature is explored and expanded upon by the artists in this year's SOUNDplay Festival with works that examine relations between human and non-human worlds, perceived and invented reality, as well as human-made and organic phenomena. Like last year, all of the works presented this year include an online element in one form or another, allowing for audiences to attend from wherever they happen to be." — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art 

 

WATER Shadows Exhibition by Julia White opens SOUNDplay Festival Sept 26th

 

SOUNDplay opens with WATER Shadows, an in-person exhibition at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River of sound sculptures by Julia White that celebrates water.  White refers to the audience experience of her exhibitions, "as a 'water temple' complex of steel sculptures wrapped in discarded bicycle inner tubes that one moves through, (while) a unique sound mix is made blending water-recordings." 

 

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate in WATER Shadows by recording a personal celebration of water that will be shared online as audio in the Web Water Portal: https://JuliaWhite.ca/web-water-portal-NAISA/.

 

SOUNDplay Festival 2021 includes online screenings, performances and artist talks 

 

Starting October 7 on NAISAtube (https://www.youtube.com/naisatube) explore a new collection of videos from past NAISA performances from different periods of NAISA's 20 year history.  A highlight among these is Laurel MacDonald's and Phil Strong's impassioned Videovoce performance from 2012, which is also featured on a November 6th online screening along with a new livestream performance by MacDonald called I Eat the Stars, inspired by poems by Rebecca Elson.  To attend the screening register in advance at https://www.naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/. The $10 admission fee is optional.

 

On November 20 a screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao from New York and Véro Marengère from Montréal explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao's Bone and Air is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The video also invites audience members to add vocal sounds conducted by specific images in the video. Roserade by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that in Marengère's words, "is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, and it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself." Like the Nov 6th screening, advance registration is required (https://www.naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/), admission fee is optional.

 

From December 6 to 20th, SOUNDplay audiences will have exclusive access to a special online adaptation of the 16mm feature-length film from 2017 by Ben Donoghue called Pierre Radisson: Fjord and Gulf. The slow observational style of Donoghue's film places the viewer inside the daily activity and environment of a Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, providing a window into the invisible labour underpinning the Canadian economy. As Donoghue describes it, "the film brings the deep winter landscapes of coastal Quebec into dialogue with intensive industrial activity of ore shipments from the mines of the Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean. The film embraces context, giving duration and breath to the images and sounds of the journey."  On December 11th, join Ben Donoghue for an online artist talk to learn more about the film.

 

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit sound art organization in South River Ontario that is funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

 

What:    SOUNDplay Festival 

Where:  NAISA North Media Arts Centre or online at https://www.naisa.ca/ 

When:   September 26 to December 20, 2021 

Cost:     Pay-What-You-Can Donation for in-person exhibition

  $10 admission for online programming is optional 

SOUNDplay Screening by Vero Marengere and Tansy Ziao
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Saturday, November 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

SOUNDplay Screening (Ticket Purchase)
By Véro Marengère and Tansy Xiao
November 20, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration


This screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao’s "Bone and Air" is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The video also invites audience members to participate. "Roserade" by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself.

 

Program:
I. Roserade by Véro Marengère
Inspired by new materialism, ecosophy and Haraway’s Chthulucene, the videomusic work "Roserade" evokes a relationship between a desk, a rosebush and a female human. Sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself. In this entropy the human and nonhuman explore the feeling of being interdependent, in a reality shaped by digital and ecological transformations.

II. Bone and Air by Tansy Xiao
Bone and Air is an audience participatory visual and sound piece that explores the relationship between natural sounds and the human body. The piece was inspired by the idea of the juxtaposition of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The audience members are invited to make certain sounds through the piece according to the graphic score as an ensemble to create a spontaneous heterophony that is unique each time.
 
Véro Marengère is an emerging audiovisual artist and researcher based in Montreal. She creates artworks that evoke ecosophy and digital intimacy. Inspired by everyday objects, technological cultures, the digital divide phenomenon and human voice, her work takes a critical yet sensitive and playful approach to video and music making.
 
Tansy Xiao is an independent curator and art writer, founder of Raincoat Society: a non-profit platform that features artists with fluid identities and uncategorizable backgrounds, in the hope of bringing equal opportunities to the underrecognized without cultural stereotypes. Traveled extensively prior to her relocation to New York, Xiao received her art education at hundreds of museums, on thousands of streets worldwide. She has therefore developed a focus on the multicultural and cross-disciplinary practice of art and literature in a global context.

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WATER Shadows by Julia White

Monday, October 25, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
By Donation

WATER Shadows Installation at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave. South River

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Watermain Rehabilitation Public Meeting

Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A public meeting to provide an update on the watermain rehabilitation project

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I Eat the Stars by Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong

Saturday, November 6, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
General $10, Admission fee is optional

An online performance in celebration of NAISA's 20th Anniversary

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SOUNDplay Screening by Vero Marengere and Tansy Ziao

Saturday, November 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
General $10, Admission fee is optional

New media artworks exploring the relationships between humans and nature