Bread and Circuses
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7-9pm
InterAccess and NAISA are proud to co-present Bread and Circuses, an immersive audio installation by trans-media artist nichola feldman-kiss. Bread and Circuses is presented as part of Waves of Connection, a multi-venue exhibition featuring Transmissions by SubZeroArts and Carbon Sugar Air by Instant Places, and this year’s Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art.
Bread and Circuses is a multi-channel immersive sound and text installation comprised of live network news headlines collected from worldwide sources, delivered with text to speech synthesizers and displayed with ticker-tape style scrolling text. Because Bread and Circuses presents live news content, it is always relevant to the most contemporary world events.
Bread and Circuses offers a critical view into a streamlined global messaging, the information agents who establish acceptable cultural viewpoints, and the global citizen who propagates media narrative by way of gossip, discussion and critical analysis. Bread and Circuses is co-inspired by the public news boards that still adorn analogue communities and the 24-hour media commentary of networked economies. The artwork presents global story as gladiatorial games while revealing the weight of info product synthesized in day-to-day endeavours to keep up with the news.
About the Artist
Trans-media artist nichola feldman-kiss is a tri-citizen of Canada, Germany, and Jamaica. Her practice explores body, citizen, collectivity and hybridity within the tattered boundaries of globalization. feldman-kiss is a former Officer for New Media and Audio at the Canada Council for the Arts. Her research and creations have been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Eye Institute, the Canadian Forces, and the United Nations.
nichola feldman-kiss is a 1996 graduate of the California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) MFA program. Her work has been presented throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, India, and Europe. She currently resides in Toronto, ON.
About Waves of Connection
The experience of radio is no longer limited to the radio dial. The notion of transmission has become a platform for creative possibilities within which artists can explore new relationships between transmission and reception, artist and audience. This year’s Deep Wireless artists have moved beyond the confines of the radio dial to create works that question and document the nature of transmission while also addressing themes of communication and connection from a social point of view. Bread and Circuses is presented in conjunction with Waves of Connection, a multi-venue exhibition featuring Transmissions by SubZeroArts and Carbon Sugar Air by Instant Places.
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization that presents 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.
Image: Bread and Circuses by nichola feldman-kiss (2017). 3 channels live network news headline aggregator/orator; 1 channel live / in-situ authored RSS channel; custom software; network connection; 3 tablet computers; 6 sound isolating directional loudspeakers.