Four GTA Indigenous youth create new works for Deep Wireless and imagineNATIVE 2012

by NationTalk on May 4, 2012585 Views

imagineNATIVE and New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) are excited to co-present a new installation of radio artworks created by four Aboriginal youth, part of a new collaboration between both organizations.

This partnership involves Indigenous youth participating in a Sound Art Residency, a series of workshops in the NAISA studio that develop their understanding and skills of sound-based media art, including sound theory, Indigenous perspectives on sound art, capturing and recording content, sound editing and storytelling, and transmitting and presentation of works.Selected participants Cheyenne Scott (Coast Salish), Judith Schuyler (Oneida), Michele Lonechild (Ojibway/Plains Cree) and Leslie McCue (Ojibway) were challenged to create short pieces responding to the concept of “freedom”, the theme of this year’s Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, presented by NAISA. The installation involves the works presented from individual transmitter radios hidden from view in the hallway adjacent to the NAISA studio space, creating a unique aural experience.

“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to support our youth’s discovery of new forms of Indigenous artistic expression in radio,” comments Jason Ryle, Executive Director of imagineNATIVE. “This residency and partnership with NAISA is an incredible opportunity to explore new ways of creating and presenting sound and radio art, a discipline of the Festival that we aim to expand and present with greater awareness to our audiences. Radio remains a vital medium for Indigenous expression.” In addition to their premiere at Deep Wireless, the works will also be programmed at imagineNATIVE 2012, October 17-21, 2012.

“NAISA is delighted to have the opportunity to work with imagineNATIVE in supporting this exploration of sound and radio art by Indigenous youth,” agrees NAISA Executive Director Nadene Thériault-Copeland. “In this residency the participants’ intuitive feeling for sound propelled the learning process and in a very short time they were able to create evocative sound art and learn about various ways to transmit the art works.” 

The NAISA/imagineNATIVE youth radio art installation will be presented FREE during the month long Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art.

Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Studio 252
May 5 – 25, 2012
Fridays 12pm – 3pm, Saturdays 10am – 2pm
Extended hours May 25 – 27 for festivals’ Trans X Symposium

NAISA gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation for their financial support of NAISA’s emerging artist residencies.

For more information about this initiative, please contact or call 416-585-2333

About New Adventures in Sound Art:

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Through workshops, lectures, and demonstrations that teach a new perception of sound, New Adventures in Sound Art offers the opportunity to educate artists and audiences both locally and abroad. 
New Adventures in Sound Art now offers four series through the year. Sound Travels is a summer-long celebration of sound art that includes indoor and outdoor performances, sound installations, SOUNDwalks, a 5-day intensive for emerging artists and the annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium.

Deep Wireless is a month-long festival of Radio & Transmission Art held in May with performances, installations, workshops, broadcasts and the Trans X Symposium. In the fall is SOUNDplay an annual series that is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media encouraging new avenues for exploration. And finally the now annual NAISA Sound Bash Installation and Concert series held in March each year, involves filling NAISA’s installation space with everyday objects especially selected for the interesting sounds they make when struck or played, offering participants and artists alike a chance to play with sound and manipulate it live. 

About imagineNATIVE: 

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival’s programming, cultural & social events, and Industry Series attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.

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