NAISA Sound Channel January 2020


Newsletter for January 2020 (Vol.15; Iss. 1)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) 19th annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
2) Art’s Birthday celebrations
3) Deep Wireless Exhibitions and Performances
4) Springscapes Apr 2 – May 31, 2020

1) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 17 – March 30, 2020

Deep Wireless is an annual celebration of Radio and Transmission Art presented by New Adventures in Sound Art that opens with Art’s Birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues to the end of March with performances, special radio broadcasts, interactive installations, and workshops at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. This 19th edition of Deep Wireless features an installation exhibition and workshops by Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart as well as works by Ayesha Barmania.

“The experience of radio does not have to be limited to one-way communication (i.e., passive listening). Some of the early innovators of radio thought of it as a two-way interactive medium. This year’s Deep Wireless artists use wireless technology to explore interactivity between participants and the artworks while using the theme of transformation to suggest alternative paths of expression and communication. The installations and performances invite participation, but they also consciously allow for the public’s input to be transformed into unexpected outcomes.”—Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director

2) Art’s Birthday Weekend

January 17 – 18, 2020

Art’s Birthday is an annual world-wide celebration that was first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou and has evolved into an international online art making and telematic event that NAISA has participated in since 2007.

On January 17 Michael Waterman will perform at NAISA as well as interact with an online live stream. He will use ice instruments that were built collaboratively with Jesse Stewart for the Songs of Ice exhibition at NAISA North Media Arts Centre. You can experience the performance at NAISA from 2 to 4 pm or tune in online (and also contribute your own sounds and images!) and listen in to Art’s Birthday events from around the world throughout the weekend at

People of all ages are welcome to join NAISA and visiting artist Michael Waterman on January 18 to make drawings, build instruments, or improvise with the ice instruments on display at NAISA. Creations will be shared with the international art exchange at And like every birthday celebration there will be cake!

3) Deep Wireless Festival Exhibitions

Note: All Deep Wireless 2020 Exhibits are located at the
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON
and run from Jan 17 to Mar 30, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, PWYC

Songs of ice
an exhibition by Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart
Songs of Ice brings together the work of Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart, two Ottawa-based interdisciplinary artists who have a shared passion for sonic exploration. In this exhibition, they explore the sonic properties of ice in both solid and melting forms while creating a two-way interaction between an outdoor geodesic dome and an indoor exhibition area at NAISA. Elements of the work will be developed through a two-day workshop with students from the South River Public School.

Radio in Transformation
NAISA’s media art lounge will include the latest in the on-going transformation of radio and transmission art with recent works selected from across Canada and around the world played back using a multi-channel system.

NAISA Radio Café
NAISA Radio Café is a curated listening experience delivered through radio receivers on café tables. The broadcast will consist of works made by Canadian and International artists who have responded to NAISA’s 2020 programming theme of Transformation.

Re-Collect / Re-Told Your Stories of New and Old
NAISA will once again present its ongoing collection of stories as told by children, parents and grandparents in the region in this interactive exhibit matched with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North. Come add your voice to the mix!

Deep Wireless 15 Radio Art Compilation
Available for listening 24/7 after January 17, 2020

A selection of new and recent works by Canadian and International sound artists streamed on NAISA’s webpage and Soundcloud page ( This album is the 15th edition in a long established compilation series. To listen to more albums visit the NAISA media archive (

4) Springscapes

April 2 – May 31, 2020

NAISA will once again focus its spring exhibits on the rejuvenating sounds of spring in the north. Now called Springscapes, this series of exhibits, performances and workshops explores the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape of the Almaguin Highlands from winter to spring. The series will include an installation by Sandy McLennan using pinhole photography and soundscape recording works created with students at the South River Public School. The series also includes the now annual soundscape recording workshop intensive during the Dawn Chorus weekend (May 1-3).

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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 /