NAISA Sound Channel April 2012 (Vol.7; Iss.4)

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Published on : 2012-04-02 01:00:00


NAISA Sound Channel

Newsletter for April 2012 (Vol.7; Iss.4)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Trans-X Symposium registration is now open

2) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, May 1-31, 2012
3) Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium 2012, August 15-18, 2012
Call for Papers deadline April 23, 2012
4) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art August 2012

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1) NAISA is please to launch Trans-X, a Symposium about Transmission Art

     May 25-27, 2012

$70/$40 student rate (price includes keynote speakers, paper sessions, workshops, installations, & performances)

To register go to


Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has continued to flourish with experiments with wireless communications technology over the past 100 years. The 21st Century is not excluded from this experimentation as artists have ventured into exploring a variety of mobile-based platforms and more lesser known forms of transmission such as VLF to name but a few recent examples. The terrain of transmission art is dynamic and fluid, always open to redefinition. At the heart of the Trans-X Symposium will be a keynote lecture by Galen Joseph-Hunter (New York, USA), author of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves and Executive Director of free103point9. It will also include workshops, panel discussions, paper presentations and performances during the final weekend of the annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art which annually explores emerging trends alongside established traditions in radio and transmission art throughout the month of May. For more information, go to

2) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art - 11th Anniversary!

     May 1 - 31, 2012

A month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including SOUNDwalks, performances, installations, webcasts, the TransX residency, telematic performances, radio broadcasts of commissioned works on CBC radio's Living Out Loud and Trans-X, a symposium about transmission art. Featured artists include Magz Hall, Christof Migone, Kristen Roos, Aynsley Moorehouse, Peter Courtemanche, and Dominique Ferraton.

The festival kicks off May 1 with a trans-local performance on NAISA Webcast called Hug the World curated and led by Eldad Tsabary and including over 50 artists from 5 continents. Opening May 5 and running throughout May is the interactive transmission art installation Open Field by the team of Jean Rene Leblanc, Craig Fahner and Neal Moignard. Also included will be 5 new works by Trans-X residency artists Alexandra Gelis, Jennifer Cherniak, Chris Myhr, Amos Latteier, and Gintas Tirillis as well as a collaborative installation created through a residency co-presented with imagineNATIVE. Check future NAISA Sound Channels or the web-site for updates.

3) Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium 2012 Call for Papers deadline April 23, 2012


New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) is pleased to announce
the 2012 edition of Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (TES) August 15 - 18, 2012

We are now inviting proposals for papers, compositions and performances (deadline: 23 April 2012)

The Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (TES) has become a consistently creative and cohesive point of contact between diverse electroacoustic (EA) communities and the Toronto scene.

The 2012 symposium is the sixth annual iteration of this important opportunity for exchange between diverse EA communities. In recent years, a number of themes have emerged, among them laptop orchestras and electronic ensembles, exchanges between popular and "unpopular" traditions, "Sound plus Image", and telematic performances. Proposed presentations and performances/screenings related to the theme "Near and Far — Inner and Outer Sound Places" are especially welcome (see submission details below)!

The symposium will take place in Toronto at New Adventures in Sound Art's facilities at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, from 15–18 August 2012.

As in preceding years, the symposium leads directly into the main concert weekend of the annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art. The 2012 edition of Sound Travels will explore emerging trends alongside established traditions in electroacoustic music and will be presented on NAISA's real-time spatialization system. A highlight of the symposium will be a keynote lecture by Trevor Wishart, Sound Travels' featured artist.

All symposium contributions will be webcast live, and text proceedings will be published in a forthcoming issue of the CEC's online journal, eContact! Please see the web-site for specific guidelines on paper, composition and performance submissions at

We look forward to seeing you, your colleagues, collaborators and students in Toronto in August!

Important Information:

23 April Deadline for receipt of proposals @ 11:59 PM EST
18 May Notification of acceptance
15 August Symposium opening reception and concert
15–16 August Symposium concerts
16–18 August Symposium sessions
17–18 August Sound Travels Festival concerts
Symposium registration fees (General): $70 (includes admission to all concerts)
Symposium registration fees (Student): $35 (includes admission to all concerts)

Questions and requests for further information should be directed to Emilie LeBel at:

For paper, composition and performance submissions, please send to the symposium's Review Committee at:

4) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

     August 1 - 31, 2012

The 14th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art will include interactive installations, performances, a workshop intensive, and the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. Trevor Wishart returns to Sound Travels to present his most recent work. Check future NAISA Sound Channels or the web-site for updates.

If you would like to receive the monthly NAISA Sound Channel directly to your inbox, please send a message to with "Subscribe" in the subject heading.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (for capital upgrades to the NAISA Space) and the SOCAN Foundation.

Inquiries & general information:

Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
416 652 5115;

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CONTACT 2012 Website live on April 2

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Philippe Chancel, Arirang, 2006. Courtesy Eric Franck Fine Art.


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 2012

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography festival. The 2012 edition features 6 Primary Exhibitions; 10 Public Installations; 32 Featured Exhibitions, and 134 Open Exhibitions showcasing over 1,000 artists throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

This year's festival investigates the theme of "Public" in a multi-venue series of exhibitions, site-specific installations, lectures and events across the city. CONTACT 2012 looks at the social and political issues that are shaped by our experience of publicness. From street photography to images found on the Internet, photo-conceptual projects to conflict photojournalism, the work's presented challenge distinctions between private and public. The photographs we see are always by definition public and, arguably, more than ever before photography is the tool we use to define our public selves. Through a focus on this theme, Festival presentations highlight the role photography plays in the creation of collective experience.


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CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 and granted charitable status in 2011, is generously supported by Scotiabank, BMW Group Canada, Nikon Canada, Torys LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc., Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Vistek, Kronenbourg, Cutty Sark, Transcontinental PLM, Toronto Image Works, Fashion Television, 3M Canada, Genstar, Beyond Digital Imaging, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Superframe, The Drake Hotel, The Gladstone Hotel, Blurb and BlogTO. CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Consulate General of France in Toronto, the Goethe Institut and the Hal Jackman Foundation.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual month-long festival in May and year-round programming in the gallery.

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The day I didn't turn with the world

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Published on : 2012-03-31 09:58:46

On Tuesday i was in Amsterdam for a conference titled "I'm not a Barbarian, I'm an Alien' at the Dirty Art Department of the Sandberg Institute (with titles like that how could i refuse the invitation?) but i also found some time to visit Sonic Acts - Travelling Time at the NIMK, an exhibition of artworks that explore different modalities of time. What i might not find is the time to blog the whole show before it closes on 15 April 2012. But it's so good i should at least make space for a quick mention of one of the participating pieces:



GUIDO van der WERVE, Nummer Negen, 2007

Nummer negen: The day I didn't turn with the world is a time-lapse photography showing the artist standing alone on a barren, icebound plain. Guido van der Werve spent 24 hours in almost complete immobility on the axis of the world at the geographic North Pole. His only movements consisted in turning slowly clockwise as the planet under his feet turned counterclockwise.

This means that in these 24 hours, he didn't indeed "turn with the world" but let the Earth rotate around him.

The physical tour de force would be enough to make anyone admire the work. But the images are as stunning as the performance. The solitary silhouette, the shadow moving around the artist, the slowly changing sky, the unsympathetic landscape. And then there's that quiet, dream-like piano piece composed by van der Werve.

Behind the scene of the shooting. Photo by Ben Geraerts

In Nummer negen: The day I didn't turn with the world, time and Copernican system seem to be suspended. It's an absurd, poetical and almost heroic work.

Sonic Acts - Travelling Time remains open at NIMK (the Netherlands Media Art Institute) in Amsterdam until 15 April, 2012. Don't miss it if you're in or around Amsterdam!

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Elegy: Deborah Samuel

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Elegy: Deborah Samuel

Exhibition opens this Saturday, March 31
On display until July 2, 2012

Canadian photo-based artist Deborah Samuel's poetic images illustrate life's fragility, transience and persistence through the rigid bones and shells of creatures long after flesh and spirit have moved on. The exhibition features 33 photographs, ten of which are of Royal Ontario Museum specimens. Elegy makes its world premiere as a Featured Exhibition of the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

On Saturday, March 31, Deborah Samuel will be present in the gallery.

Deborah Samuel will present a public talk on Thursday April 12 at 7PM.
FREE to the public.
Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre at the ROM.
Entry via the President's Choice Group Entrance, located at the south end of the Museum, just outside Museum Subway Station. Seating will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about the exhibition visit:

Museum Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 10 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 5:30 pm

Telephone: 416.586.8000

Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6

pic Co-presented by the ROM's Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and the Institute for Contemporary Culture. Image: Barred Owl.I © Deborah Samuel 2012/Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Amanda Reeves: New Paintings

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Untitled 17 2012, 2012 acrylic on board, 48" x 48"

Amanda Reeves

New Paintings
March 31 - May 5, 2012
Opening Saturday March 31, 4-7pm

We are pleased to announce Amanda Reeves' second solo exhibition of abstract paintings at p|m Gallery.

Reeves' rich and tempered colour tones lend each of these new works its own personality. The apparent simplicity of these paintings belies the subtle intricacies of palette and composition. The tonal shifts and variant sizes of the shape elements create overlapping and integrated layers of space. Washes of pigment in the underpainting further challenge the perceptual grounding of the picture plane. The shapes recede from or burst out of the painting, creating echoes and shadows of each other. The ghost shapes slide in and out of the peripheral vision of the viewer, increasing the layering and complexity of the piece, thereby intensifying the perceptual experience.

p|m Gallery
1518 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6K1T9
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Activate the Archives: Documenting the History of grunt gallery

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Activate the Archives!

The grunt gallery online archiving project is going live. Working with curators, writers, and designers, grunt is developing a series of websites that will bring the archives online. This project involves the production of six subject based websites as well as an interactive database system that will support independent research and exploration.

At the core of grunt's work since its inception in 1984 has been the creation of an extensive archive of materials, reflecting the depth of our programming and the important Canadian artists we have supported and showcased. Since 1984 we have amassed a huge collection of materials, including printed documents, slides, digital images, video tapes as well as extensive audio files. The grunt Archive consists of documentation of exhibitions, performances, as well as publications, conferences, festivals and other special events. Grunt's archive features work by international and Canadian artists with a strong focus on contemporary First Nations artwork – significant material not available in any other archive or collection.

Activate the archive by visiting any of the sites below:

Currently Live
Curated by Christine Stoddard, this project focuses on grunt gallery's unique approach to identity politics in a series of performances from the 1990s.
A site curated by Kate Armstrong; a look into grunt's archives from the perspective of work that investigates the act of writing and the position of the written word.

Curated by Glenn Alteen andPolina Bachlakova, this site features a sampling of sculpture based projects from grunt programming.

Curated Malcolm Levy, Glenn Alteen, and Archer Pechawis, this site features a comprehensive look at the work of Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew. Ahasiw was a theorist, curator, writer, new media practitioner and performance artist.
Curated by Dana Claxton and Tania Willard, this site continues the discussion around contemporary performance art that was initiated during the Idian Acts conference organized by grunt in 2002.

Coming Soon
A site curated by Tania Willard, Pat Beaton, and Paula Jardine looking into the question of community engagement.
A custom wordpress database of grunt's archive. Browse available materials and create your own collections.

Check out the Archive though grunt gallery's Facebook Timeline and our Twitter (gruntgallery, #gruntArchive)


grunt gallery | 350 E 2nd, Unit 116, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R8 | / ph. 604.875.9516


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José Luis Torres: Autoconstrucciones

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José Luis Torres
March 30 – May 6, 2012
artist reception: Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 7pm

The Thames Art Gallery announces new exhibition opening March 30, 2012: Autoconstrucciones by Quebec based artist José Luis Torres.

Artist José Luis Torres left his native Argentina in 2003 for Quebec. While he maintains contact with his homeland, the physical and emotional break was profound and transformed his artistic practice completely. He concluded a 10-year teaching career in order to focus on making art. Working in solitude towards gallery exhibitions gave way to nonpermanent experimentation in public spaces. He rethought the idea of the studio and adopted a migratory, site-based approach.

The viewer's interaction with the work became a key component. José says "I am looking to stimulate the relationship that is established between the installation location, the piece itself and the individual interacting with it...what I am proposing is a series of experiences revolving around the question of the way we invest, as a society, in architecture and its context, both naturally and culturally."

José Luis Torres has a Bachelor's Degree in visual arts, a Master's Degree in sculpture and training in architecture and integrating art with architecture. His work has been on display in more than thirty Canadian cities and a dozen different countries. His pieces can be found in public and private collections around the world.

This exhibition will open on the ground floor of the Thames Art Gallery on March 30 at 7pm – admission is free and the event is for all ages. Autoconstrucciones will be on view until May 6 2012. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 30 @ 7pm. The Gallery is open 7 days a week from 1-5 pm. The Thames Art Gallery is located within the Cultural Centre at 75 William Street North in Chatham.

Gallery is open 7 days a week 1-5pm
The Thames Art Gallery is located at 75 William Street North, Chatham, ON. N7M 4L4 . . 1-519-354-8346 ex. 41


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Rena Burns: Refuge

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CRAM International


Rena Burns

Opening Reception: Friday March 30th, 7 - 10 pm

March 30 - April 24, 2012


An enthusiast of birding, Rena Burns creates nest-like sculptures suffused with objects from her collections. Like the weaverbird she mimics, she weaves organic masses with willow branches, grass, wire, and yarn. The process is arduous, and the construction is convoluted. The collection, those objects we are compelled to find and keep, become woven between the layers. The collector cares not for the use value of these objects that seem to live in the space between display and safekeeping.

The weaverbirds, gregarious yet cautious in nature, construct their nests in colonies as a form of protection. Earning their name, the weaver painstakingly threads nesting materials back and forth, creating an intricate and elaborate hanging refuge. Burns traces these behaviours by constructing similar dwellings that suggest a longing for this sense of security. Painted black, these complex structures hang in the gallery space and cast ominous shadows across the walls and floor.

Burns' interest in the nesting habits of birds began as a child, offering bits of string to birds in the backyard of her childhood home. Although notions of home are intrinsic in her work, these vacant dwellings seem almost menacing. The looming shadows of these woven structures become a recollection, suggesting a memory of what once might have been.

Rena Burns is a multi-disciplinary artist, focused primarily on painting and drawing. Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, she received her Honours BA in Visual Arts in 2007 from Brock University and is currently working as an educator.

The CRAMplex
24 James Street, 2nd floor
St. Catharines, Ontario

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Tobey C. Anderson
We are currently re-tooling the CRAM websites....

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CRAM International is an artist collective operating Canada's smallest alternative multi-purpose art facility. Organized on a benevolent dictatorial management model, CRAM Gallery is funded by collective members, sponsors, patrons, partners, and the director. Since 2006, CRAM has encouraged and promoted local investment in original art and advocated for local contemporary artists.

Since 2007 CRAM International has been in a unique and growing relationship of cultural exchange with the artists of Taller Cultural "Luis Diaz Oduardo" in Santiago de Cuba that has artists from both counties participating in exhibitions, mural events, print projects, and artist residencies. CRAM International is the sole Canadian representative of the artists in the Cuban Artist Exchange and maintains a selection of original Cuban prints and paintings.

CRAM Press works with artists to publish Original Print Editions and Original Limited Edition Artist Bookworks. Initiated in 2009, CRAM Press is Niagara's only professional print workshop. CRAM Press and Taller Cultural are developing an annual international print symposium to be launched in January 2013.

The Disco Gallery is Niagara's underground art boutique and micro gallery with a focus on emerging artists, unorthodox mediums, and inspired events since December 2009. We are located in the CRAMplex at 24 James Street and are partners in crime with Cram International. Please feel free to circulate this information widely.

For further info, interviews, or photos, please reply via email or call Marinko at (905) 937-3021.

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Georgia Dickie: six hundred and seventy eight feet

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six hundred and seventy eight feet

march 30 – april 20 2012
opening Friday March 30 7:30-11:30
then gallery
225 sterling rd, unit 20

then gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Toronto based sculptor Georgia Dickie. Making direct reference to the proximity of her studio to the gallery's location, "six hundred and seventy eight feet" is an installation created through performance. Dickie will orchestrate a team to arrange and assemble combinations and associations of objects with an emphasis on process and material experimentation. Dickie's studio - the site of accumulation - will become a practice space and the gallery a resting place for objects on the verge of transposition.

An accompanying publication of drawings, studio fragments and installation documentation will be made available.

Georgia Dickie is a Toronto-based sculptor who addresses the complexities of contemporary object-based practice. Relying heavily on chance, her work is characterized by a deep interest in found materials and their inherent limitations. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2011, and her work has been included in a number of group shows including Shore for Shore, Alexandria, Egypt, Chopped and Screwed MKG127, Toronto, Bless this Mess Deleon White Gallery, Toronto and Bitch Slap at Thrush Holmes Empire, Toronto.

then gallery and bookshop
tues – sat 10 - 6
225 sterling rd, unit 20
toronto, on, Canada

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Spring Exhibitions 2012

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MENDEL ART GALLERY — Spring Listings 2012

Cybèle Young, Restoration Project, 2010, Japanese paper.

Paper Doll
March 30 to June 10, 2012
Central to Paper Doll is an archival collection of paper dolls and doll clothes made by poet Sylvia Plath, when she was a teenager. The works in this group show range from tiny, delicate paper sculptures to giant, steel-cut dresses. The artists include Barb Hunt, Cindy Sherman, Jeannie Thib, Cybèle Young, Anna Torma, Ed Pien, and Lynne Yamamoto. Curated by Anne Koval, Paper Doll is organized and circulated by the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, in Sackville, NB, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Clint Neufeld, Odalisque, 2010, ceramic, wood, vinyl.

Gasoline Alley and Other Dreams by Clint Neufeld
March 30 to June 10, 2012
Saskatoon-area artist Clint Neufeld has a grease monkey's appreciation for muscle cars, but he also replicates the components of engines, transmissions and axles in ceramic. His delicate sculptures ask viewers to consider men's garage "tinkering" in terms of aesthetics, transformation — even love. Neufeld, a rising star on the Canadian art scene, had solo exhibitions in public art galleries across the country in 2011. Organized by Associate Curator Jen Budney, this is Neufeld's first solo exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Fred Moulding, Untitled (pig slaughter), 1980, wood, plaster, acrylic, tin, wire, cotton cord, nails, particle board.

Forced Perspective
March 30 to June 10, 2012
Drawn from the permanent collection of the Mendel Art Gallery, Forced Perspective examines culture and place. Working from miniature to monumental scales, the artists represent the diverse aesthetic traditions contributing to Prairie culture. Included are pioneer paintings by Augustus Kenderdine, carvings by Fred Moulding, and contemporary works by Douglas Walker, Bill Burns, and Janet Werner. Forced Perspective is organized by Public Programs Assistant Troy Gronsdahl.

Mendel Art Gallery
950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3L6 Canada
(306) 975-7610

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