Dilating Nexus Series Part V: Soul In A Box Is Aug. 30

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ArtsBuild, Human Conduct, Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present The Dilating Nexus Series Part V of V: Soul in a Box, on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door and will be held at Mark Making, 2510 North Chamberlain Ave.

On the evening of Feb. 15, 2013, Chattanooga lost artist, musician, storyteller, improviser, educator, and cultural/mystical icon, Dennis J. Palmer (of the Shaking Ray Levis and Shaking Ray Levi Society). Upon his passing, among his numerous musical instruments, an RC-30 LoopStation was discovered by Mr. Palmer's lifelong artistic collaborator and friend Bob Stagner. This small box contained over an hour's worth of concise sound loops that Mr. Palmer created to use in an upcoming Shaking Ray Levis performance. 

For the fifth and final installment of the Dilating Nexus series, organizers have hand-selected some of the most "forward-looking artists" from Chattanooga and beyond to make use of Mr. Palmer's unreleased samples as the sonic source material for their work. Local visual artists have also been summoned to create works that are inspired by and/or make use of Mr. Palmer’s unique visual world. Their images will be projected simultaneously in conjunction with each performance. 

A "brand-new-never-been-heard-before" message from Mr. Palmer will also be transmitted at the conclusion of the evening.

Audio will be provided by Aether Jag of Baltimore, Baby Magic, Ev Mhir, Frank Pahl of Detroit, Guest Room, Prophets and Kings, Love Execution Style, Nows of Atlanta, Red Okra King, Rick Weaver of Baltimore and Segaworms.  Visual will be provided by Asher Love, Melissa Hoesman Johnson and Wadsworth Longfellow.

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