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Feb 182014


Chicago new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will be in Nashville February 28th through March 3rd for a Watkins College visiting artist series. While they’re in town, Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers is curating two off-campus shows featuring the artists. And he’s looking for collaborators.

The first show is a NO MEDIA event on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. here at Theatre Intangible headquarters aka Noa Noa house. NO MEDIA is, as its website states, “an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event.” By “open,” they mean ANYONE can participate, including you. All types of expression are welcome, including music making, acting, dance, singing, visual art, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, etc.

Here’s how it works. When you arrive, you put your name in a hat. The hosts then draw three names. If your name is called, you have two minutes to prepare. Then you perform for 10 minutes with your two randomly-chosen collaborators. This is repeated until all the names are drawn. No documentation is allowed. It happens once and in realtime.

What makes this particular NO MEDIA event special is the fact that NO MEDIA co-creator Nick Briz will be performing alongside the locals. If you use Facebook, you can find out more on the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com.

The second show is glitch media show happening at the Track One warehouse during the March 1st Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. At 9 p.m. the warehouse will transform into a massive multimedia experience. The show will explore digital culture, glitch art, hacking, remix culture, and experimental new media. Morgan is seeking Nashville electronic and experimental musicians and video-makers to perform. Here’s the Facebook event page. If you’re interested in performing, contact Morgan at mhigbyflowers@gmail.com. Make sure you specify which event you’re applying for.

Incidentally, there’s another great event happening earlier that night in the same space. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carl Oliver will perform a longform modular synth improv. What makes this especially cool is that he will be performing in the center of a HUGE empty warehouse. The natural reverb is going to be out of this world. I’ll write more about this closer to the date, but in the meantime, check out the Facebook event page.

The two Nick Briz / Jon Satrom events are part of RipZipRarLANd, a four-day series sponsored by Watkins College. The series also features lectures, workshops and a gallery opening. Check out the full schedule on, you guessed it, the Facebook event page.

Jon Satrom undermines interfaces, problematizes presets, and bends data. He spends his days fixing things and making things work. He spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits.

Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions and is openly and freely available on the web.

RipZipRARLANd is a utopic local area network inspired by experimental new-media art, located in Middle Tennessee, EVERYWHERE (192.168.0.x). A time-space constructed of old new-media memories floating within–once free/open–networks and contemporary ethics of openness and sharing.

As [users/artists] we consider ourselves [creators/producers], however, in the eyes of contemporary (networked) corporations, we are the product being sold for billions of dollars. These wide-spread software-as-service models don’t trade in their technology as much as they trade in humans. SoftwARE iz Humans…

RipZipRARLANd’s piratical inhabitants employ messy and dirty experimental processes. Their digital practices have grown out of the infinite copy-ability of data and inevitable decay of digital media. They hack, reclaim, remix and share in an effort to promote and preserve a genre/medium/culture.

Come celebrate experimental new-media art, glitch art, GIF culture, piratical practices, and creative problem creating.

Friday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m., free
@ Noa Noa (house)
620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

Saturday, March 1st, 9 p.m., free
@ Track One during Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston
410 Chestnut Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Jan 282014
Zack Hall @ 444 Humphreys

Zack Hall @ 444 Humphreys

February’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston is this Saturday in the neighborhood I call home, and it looks to be one of the best yet.

444 Humphreys St will have an opening reception for a new video installation by Zack Hall. Zack is a talented director, editor, and cinematographer. He’s the force behind the Belcourt Theatre‘s repertory film trailers and ingenious pre-show shorts for the midnight series. (Case in point: This brilliant Jurassic Park pre-show short.) Zack also provides visuals for Space is the Place nights at the Stone Fox and cuts the trailers for The Light and Sound Machine at Third Man Records.

444 Humphreys is the pop-up porch space (and by a stroke of luck the street address) at a location which also houses the Julia Martin Gallery and Cleft Studios. The Julia Martin Gallery will be open with work from Julia, David Kenton Kring and other artists.

Down the street at 467 Humphreys, the Infinity Cat Recordings office is having an open house. The Nashville label behind bands like JEFF the Brotherhood, Be Your Own Pet and PUJOL hardly ever opens to the public. Don’t miss your chance to see the Orrall family’s curious collection of art & memorabilia.

At 425 Chestnut Street, OVVIO ARTE will feature the work of Veta Cicolello and at 9 p.m. the music of the aptly-named Music Band.

At 500 Houston St, Fort Houston will exhibit an ongoing print show, featuring work from Grand Palace Silkscreen, Kangaroo Press and Boss Construction Design Screenprint.

At 516 Hagan St, Zeitgeist Gallery will continue a painting and photography show featuring work by Megan Lightell, Terry Rowlett, and Peter Alan Monroe.

If you’re a Facebook user, you can find more info about the event at the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston Facebook page. Check the individual gallery links to find out specific opening and closing times.

There’s also good stuff happening at the First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade.

arts & music at wedgewood/houston map

Dec 162013


Erica Ciccarone and I put on a live art installation last Saturday at Ground Floor Gallery during the December Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston. We built a huge cube and on the front side projected a web browser with continually updating social media posts. The posts were photos and comments from the fictitious Charlotte Blight as she traveled around the world. Inside the cube, Erica posed in front of a green screen as we captured pictures and inserted backgrounds. As soon as I had an image composited, I would post it to the ever-evolving cube wall.  We posted 18 photos in three hours, averaging one every ten minutes.

Here are photos from the event — the Charlotte Blight images, behind-the-scenes shots and photos from attendees.

The cube with a video capture of the show projected on the front side will be up for the rest of December. Ground Floor is located in the Chestnut Square building at 427 Chestnut Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Call 615-478-1467 to schedule a free viewing.

From #openaccess, posted by Tony Youngblood on 12/16/2013 (47 items)

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Dec 032013



This Saturday’s two Nashville art crawls are packed with so many good things. First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade features T.I. participant Stephen Molyneux at the Space Gallery premiering his “Cambodian Field Recordings” photography exhibit/sound installation. The Facebook event page says, “The images and sounds were captured on 35mm film and 1/4 inch tape in 2010 while Molyneux was living in Southeast Asia. Expect distant ancient rites of dawn, village sounds recorded from bicycle baskets, ensemble street performances, and wedding party music echoing through the ballroom of an abandoned mansion.”

At 40AU in the Arcade is Token: A Solo Exhibition by Emily Sue Laird. The Facebook event page says, “Balancing human-made materials – such as lace, felt, cotton, canvas, and velvet – with the fragile, transitory organic matter of mushrooms, paper, ink, wood, and moss, Emily invites participants to explore domestic elements through play and discovery. Felt leaves become placemats; mushrooms become shelves; fabric becomes forest; home becomes adventure.” The exhibition comments on art as a commodity, but I won’t spoil the fun with any further details. Just go see it, and you’ll soon understand.

Over at Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston‘s Ground Floor gallery, Erica Ciccarone and I are exhibiting a new installation called #openaccess. (Facebook event page here.) We’re constructing a 6 1/2 foot cube covered in white material. Inside the cube (but hidden to the audience) is Erica. She poses in front of a green screen in various costumes and scenarios, yet the audience never sees this. The sides of the cube merely reveal shadowy clues of what’s happening inside. What you DO see is projected on the front of the cube … pictures taken inside the cube minutes before … embedded inside social media posts. So the audience never sees what is happening live; they merely see the after effects on a time delay. The projected image shows a desktop full of web browser windows. Facebook, Twitter, Google +, etc. The pages constantly update as the new images come through. While the work will be up all month, the live portion with Erica in the cube only happens Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. #openaccess will also features new works from Mandy Brown, Heidi Martin Kuster and Janet Decker Yanez.

There will also be shows at Zeitgeist Gallery, Fort Houston and other Wedgewood/Houston spots. The wonderful art-heavy Porter Flea Market is concurrent at Track 1 just across the train tracks from Chestnut Square. (Details here.)

While not part of the two art crawls proper, but definitely in the spirit of the evening, East Studio on Gallatin Rd is exhibiting “Six Potters and a Painter.” The Facebook event page says, “East Nashville’s hidden gems – side-by-side clay workshops East Studio and Timothy Weber Pottery – open their doors to the public once a year for this holiday market. Featuring painting and pottery demonstrations and free Penny Drive penny pots to raise money for Second Harvest. Plus fine handmade pots and paintings by Russell Harris, Helen Hooper-Hirst, Kelly Kessler, Diana Naisby, Thurman Rivers, Donna Rizzo and Timothy Weber.”

Finish off the night by supporting a good cause and enjoying various interpretations of Tom Waits songs at the Five Spot. It’s the 8th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Click the links for the various addresses and show times.