Event Calendar

19th Annual SOUNDplay Festival
October 9 - December 21, 2020

In a year where the fundamental nature of arts presentation is undergoing immense transformation, NAISA’s theme for 2020, chosen over a year ago, continues to be relevant. The notion of transformation underpins all of the festival presentations: from the transformation of organisms from one state to another, to the use of changing environments to create a generative work, to the transformation of the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) via machine learning algorithms to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension. 


All of the works presented in this year’s SOUNDplay Festival feature an online element in one form or another, which is a first for SOUNDplay. But within this less intimate format, NAISA staff are working hard to foster a more meaningful connection between media artists, the artworks and those who are following our programming from across Canada and around the world. All of the presentations provide a means to share and connect and to grow and transform from experiencing the works featured in this year’s festival. – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.


Audiovisual Exhibition using livestream data, September 24 - December 21, 2020

Newfoundland media artist Teresa Connors' audiovisual piece From The Edge will be on exhibit at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River Thursday through Monday from now until December 21st. The colourful imagery of the audio-visual artwork responds and evolves to live-stream data sent from a buoy located off the coast of Cape Spear, Newfoundland, and presents viewers with a dreamy Maritime encounter.


Livestream Media Art Performances Oct 17 and 24 @ 7pm

Expect brazen colour, sound, and transformation from Endosymbiosis a live-stream performance by Robert Fantinatto October 17th. Reviving an old pairing of analog modular synthesizers and Liquid Light visuals popular in the 60's and 70's, Endosymbiosis takes these techniques somewhere new and tells a story the transformation of the first cellular organisms.

Boldly embodying this year's theme of transformation, Debashis Sinha explores his Bengali heritage through the Vedas, or Hindu scriptures in his performance on Oct 24 entitled Adeva (version000_01). Sinha uses machine learning algorithms to create content that lies just beyond the reach of human comprehension. Both performances are co-presented with Charles Street Video with online registration required to access the performances at naisa.ca/purchase-tickets.


Online Screening by Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan Nov 14 @ 7pm

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan will be showing his unique, hand-made 8mm and 16mm films online on November 14, presenting the landscapes of Muskoka in a stark and transformed light. McLennan will be on hand online to introduce the films and discuss his process afterwards. Online registration is required to access this screening at naisa.ca/purchase-tickets.


What:     SOUNDplay Festival

Where:   Online and at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

When:    September 24 - December 21, 2020

URL:      https://naisa.ca/festivals/soundplayseries/


Ticket information: 


Exhibitions Admission by Donation 

Online Events - Advanced registration required. Admission of $10 is Optional

Secure Registration and Tickets - https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/ 


Media contact:  Darren Copeland 

                                  Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art]