Story Trees

January 14 - March 29

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Story Trees is an online exhibition starting January 14, 2021 with the in-person exhibition running January 23 to March 29, 2021; Thursday to Monday from 10am- 4pm at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Avenue, South River.

Story Trees is an interactive installation that serves as a tool for listening & learning — how we listen — to echoes from an era that is open to reinterpretation. While digitizing old reel-to-reel oral history interviews, Don was surprised by how things were said at the time in Northern Ontario. It wasn’t the content of the conversations that first caught his ear; it was the little asides, the nuanced bits of intonation, inflections of speech, as if northern Ontario had a different dialect way back when. As the towns and the province grew in population, he heard a shift in the patter. He also heard something – an emergent literary voice, a kind of wisdom – that wasn’t accounted for by words alone. For those unable to attend in person, an online version will be available at https://storytrees.ca/.

Don Hill is a sound artist & designer, writer, broadcaster, musician and interactive media producer. He is a former national host of CBC Radio One’s Tapestry. His newest work STORY TREES is a modified ‘responsive architecture’ & interactive online exhibition. Don’s prior investigation of psychoacoustics of ‘place’ inspired his augmented reality app Edmonton Soundwalks, a 3D audio guide for mobile phones. Special Places: Writing-On-Stone is an immersive 360 video presentation that scales from full-dome screens to VR (virtual reality) headsets. In residency with the UK’s renowned Blast Theory he made WRGO (what’s really going on), a surreal 3D audio narrative.

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