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May 222013


You may know Chattanooga, TN experimental artist Tim Hinck from his 2012 Soundcrawl performance at Brick Factory Nashville. Or from his involvement in the wonderful Chattanooga art residency series Easy Lemon.

Tim is currently organizing the third annual New Dischord, an experimental arts festival in multiple venues around Chattanooga June 6th through 9th.

The whole thing sounds absolutely incredible! From the festival website:

This four-day festival represents a satellite collective of experimental arts communities throughout the country, gathering to form a common text of visual, sonic, and performance-based works. Our growing list of participants, from a variety of cities, includes: Mark Bradley-Shoup, Ron Buffington, Adam Clay, Isaac Duncan, Malcolm Goldstein, Ruth Grover, Ashley Hamilton, Blake Harris, Tim Hinck, Michael Kallstrom, Nathan King, Alyse Knorr, Ann Law, Aubrey Lenahan, Ada Limon, Nolan McGuire, Jerome Meadows, Kate Partridge, Paul Pinto, Meg Ronan, Julian Tan, Aggie Toppins, Jeffrey Young, and others. Performers will each draw from multiple mediums, including musical composition; 2D-,3D-, and digital art; theatre; movement; and poetry. Witness Chattanooga’s continued interaction in the world of experimental arts.

The New Dischord is not an open-ended experimental arts collective, but rather a focused conversation between those who wish to do work outside their specific discipline. Participants in New Dischord are asked to–
1) Create new work that utilizes one or more disciplines outside of their primary discipline.
2) Engage in continued conversations and reactions to others in this collective by responding to and reviewing work, particularly that of our colleagues in other communities.
These goals are to be achieved by participation in our online review publication, and through a commitment to physically visit our colleagues in these other experimental arts communities and respond to their work in person.  These goals are rooted in a belief that our best work is inspired by – and consequently challenged by – real conversation in response to the latest work of our peers.

I’m sold. As if I need another excuse for a Chattanooga road trip. I find it to be one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S.

Check the New Dischord website to see the full schedule and list of venues. Experience four days of experimental art. And while you’re there, explore Ruby Falls and See Rock City!