Fishing For Sounds

“Fishing for sounds” is a transmission art project that connects the familiar (up here) activity of fishing to sound art, making experimental media art more accessible to our local population.  Check out the video catalogue of the project, created by Eric Robillard, here!

This is a two-part project.

Part one is a community sound and radio workshop co-presented with the New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA).  This workshop has been scheduled to coincide with the New Adventures in Sound Art’s “Deep Wireless” festival, from Feb 13-14, 2016.  At this workshop, 5-10 community members will actually go “fishing for sounds” with a NAISA Instructor on frozen Lake Nipissing, learn how to edit those sounds, and to create a transmission installation in the gallery.

In part two, nationally and internationally recognized experimental sound artist and curator, Darren Copeland will use sounds he ‘caught’ on, under, and through frozen Lake Nipissing (and some of the micro-radio transmitters and receivers created at the workshop) to transform the gallery into an immersive underwater soundscape (Feb 20-Mar 12, 2016).  The installation will consist of a series of sound sculptures made of micro-radio transmitters and receivers hanging off fishing related gear; as these mobiles swing around, the transmissions interact with one another, producing variable sounds.

The opening reception on Saturday February 20th at 7pm has been scheduled to compliment events at the Ice Follies 2016 festival of site-specific art.  

A sound fishing ‘trophy’ wall will be installed in the gallery storefront window on Main Street, showcasing community members in Polaroid photos with a sound they ‘caught’ in the gallery or out on the lake (e.g. an onomatopoeia).

Fishing for Sounds: Workshop

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Feb 13-14, 2016

Co-presented with New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA)

“Fishing for Sounds” is a community sound and radio workshop that explores the sounds of Lake Nipissing in winter.  These sounds will include the sounds of the ice, the snow, the sounds around ice shacks, and the sound of the water under the ice.

Participants will build micro-radio transmitters and contact mics.  They will record sounds with contact mics, portable flash recorders as well as with a hydrophone under the ice in Lake Nipissing, then edit the sounds to create an underwater radio soundscape in White Water Gallery.  Interested participants will also have an opportunity to work with established sound artist Darren Copeland the following week when he is installing a “Fishing for Sounds” exhibition in the gallery.

The cost of the workshop is $45. If you are a professional media artist, you may apply to WWG for a subsidy.  Register for the workshop here:

(1) Your details:

(2) Payment: $45 per person

Covers the cost of the materials for a contact mic, micro radio transmitter, and a small radio receiver – all of which you will own after the completion of the project.  Refreshments will also be provided.

Payment through Pay Pal is preferred:



But a cheque made out to White Water Gallery (with the workshop title written on the information line), or cash will also be accepted at:

White Water Gallery

P.O. Box 1491

122 Main Street East

North Bay ON
P1B 8K6