Dilating Nexus Bring Non-Conventional Arts Events To Area

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Dilating Nexus (shakingray.com/nexus/) is a monthly series of non-conventional events and ritualized social experiments housed in a variety of “total environments” throughout Chattanooga. The five-month series aims to stimulate rarefied and esoteric actions within the region, while honoring and highlighting what is already in existence. Each of the five events is presented as a challenge to inspire marginalized performers and artists from any discipline, pushing them into unforeseen situations and inspiring them to respond in creative, resourceful, and spontaneous ways, said officials.

Typically, festivals present professional or esteemed artists who are expected to represent their individual skills, but for the Dilating Nexus series, the emphasis is less on the individual and more on the collective. Furthermore, by approaching each event in a non-hierarchical manner, both experienced and emerging artists are presented on equal footing, forming new and unexpected collaborations, with a mixture of local and national performers.

Here is the lineup of events and reviews:

An Evening with Tapes - April 26, Artifact Gallery, 1080 Duncan Ave, teamartifact.com 
A magnetic night of chance exclusively utilizing tape as instrument, featuring a mixtape exchange (bring/take a mix) and unlikely duos, trios, and quartets presenting musical, visual, and performative sets using tape: reel-to-reel, audio cassette, video, adhesive, 4-track, etc.  

Lupton City Snake Show - May 31, Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, barkinglegs.org  
A mercerized variety show that beams the limelight on esoteric expressions and hidden histories as imparted by raconteurs, mythologists, comedians, visionaries, musicians, folklorists, hawkers, barkers, and Holy Fools.

Random Gear Festival - June date and location TBA 
The Random Gear Festival, curated by Ren Schofield, is a conceptual celebration of the excitement and spontaneity of avant sound in which performers are randomly assigned an assortment of non-traditional instruments and objects (not necessarily of any musical nature) and expected to improvise live. The results of this process will likely be varied, confounding, and questionable. Nothing will be proven.

Breathing Artifacts -July 19, Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, barkinglegs.org
World premiere of videos, films, and live scores by choice directors, actors, cinematographers,  and editors, featuring unpredictable narratives and abstractions rich in rhythm, color, humor, gesture, content, and texture.

Soul in a Box - Aug. 30, Mark Making, 2510 N. Chamberlain Ave. 
A festival dedicated to the late Chattanooga artist, musician, storyteller, improviser, educator, and icon Dennis J. Palmer (of the Shaking Ray Levis). Participants will utilize one or more of Palmer’s unreleased “samples” as the sonic source material for their performances. Visual artists will create works that are inspired by and/or make use of Palmer’s unique visual world.


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Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Front Row For Second Straight Week!

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Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)