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 Early Sept. 7

Shock Theatre will air on WDEF early Sept. 7, just after midnight at 12:05 a.m.   The haunted world features classic and contemporary horror films, hosted by the Dr. Shock and his sidekick Nurse Goodbody. Joining them is the puppet Dingbat and a new addition as puppet master, a “dream reaper,” known as The“Dirge.”  The three exchange banter and discuss facts drawn from ... (click for more)

Donovan Johnson With Cathy Oakes Are At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

New Age Pianist Donovan Johnson with Cathy Oakes will perform at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The coffeehouse is located inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Review for Donovan Johnson: "I tell the stories of my life, as they relate to every one of us," said Donovan Johnson.  "And ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Noise Fallout Coming Soon On Chattanooga's Flawed Sound Control Ordinance - And Response (3)

I have been practicing acoustical, audio and sound engineering for more than twenty years. Since I understand many aspects of sound, I sent the enclosed letter to the Chattanooga City Council members regarding some of my concerns on the impending noise ordinance changes. My comments were unacknowledged.     August 19, 2014 Dear Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)