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.

Shock Theatre To Air On WDEF August 2

The cast and crew of Shock Theatre have completed the seventh episode and will air the program on Aug. 2 at midnight. Episode seven is a horror hosting package created to present “Bloody Pit of Horror”. In this episode you can expect a series of vignettes depicting different forms of torture humorously acted out by the cast of Shock Theatre in their "special kooky spooky way," officials ... (click for more)

Free Concert Sponsored By The Chattanooga Songwriters Association

The concert features Jim Green and Cody James Harris and is hosted By Anthony Quails.  The free event will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road.   "The night will feature acoustic music performed by some of Chattanooga's most talented singer-songwriters -- and all within the comfy confines of ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)