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May 062013



Nashville musician and multi-media artist Robbie Lynn Hunsinger has a new exhibit opening up at Seed Space on Friday, May 10th from 6pm to 8pm. The reactive sound sculpture is a collaboration with Middle Tennessee Robotic Art Society members Patrick Becker and Steve Ghertner. Skitter Flutter sounds absolutely fascinating, and I can’t wait to check it out on Friday.

The press release at robbiehunsinger.com says Skitter Flutter,

grew partially out of Hunsinger’s Arduino and Sax duet for robotic drummer that she premiered at Soundcrawl 2012.

Skitter Flutter is also heavily influenced by Hunsinger’s years of pre-dawn bird rescue in the Chicago area as Founder of The Chicago Bird Collision Monitors program, a very successful conservation effort in which volunteers save injured and stunned migratory birds that have struck buildings.

She became fascinated with the idea of creating an invisible array of reactive sounds similar to small mammals, insects or birds but created entirely by motors. Sounds pull the viewer in but dissipate upon investigation, much as crickets grow quiet as we approach.

The mirror neuron creates a reaction in an observer which reflects the chemical changes in the person actually experiencing an event firsthand, which seems to manifest the neurological existence of empathy.

“You get hit, I flinch.” These interactive sound sculptures encourage this type of response. They are as much felt as seen or heard.

More info at the Facebook event page and SeedSpace.org.

Robbie Hunsinger: Skitter Flutter
Opening reception Friday, May 10th 6-8pm.
Seed Space
(Inside Chestnut Square Building)
427 Chestnut Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

May 042013

Experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani blew minds at his performance at the Downtown Presbyterian Church last year. I’m incredibly excited to hear about his upcoming show in the Chestnut Studios building. Tatsuya will be performing in a duo with the esteemed free improv reeds player Michel Doneda from Brive, France.

Many thanks to Brady Sharp and Sabine Schlunk for putting this together. Brady will open the show with prepared guitar.

This event will happen in the long hallway outside Seed Space art galley inside the Chestnut Square building. I can’t wait to hear how the performers will respond to the long concrete hallway’s natural reverb!

Tatsuya appeared on Theatre Intangible episode 43: Pulse, recorded at Zeitgeist Gallery. Check out the below video to see Tatsuya and Michel in action.

More info on the Facebook event page.

Tatsuya Nakatani (Percussion)
Michel Doneda (Soprano Sax/Sopranino)
Brady Sharp (prepared guitar)

Tuesday, May 7th, Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm, $6-$10 suggested donation
Chestnut Square Building
427 Chestnut St Nashville, TN
(Go in front door, walk straight as far as you can, turn left, walk to the end of hallway.)

Apr 262013
BYOB London

BYOB London

One of the coolest concepts in pop-up art shows is coming to Chestnut Studios in NoHo (NOrth of HOuston street). Bring Your Own Beamer is a series of one-night exhibitions hosting artists and their projectors, created by Berlin artist Rafaël Rozendaal in 2010. Anyone can host a BYOB event. As the BYOB website says,

It’s very simple:

  • find a space
  • invite many artists
  • ask them to bring their projectors

The Chestnut Studios BYOB event is organized by Watkins professor Adan De La Garza and will feature the following artists:

Mika Agari
Lani Ascuncion
Sam Carlson
Chris Creasy
Adan De La Garza
Josh Duensing
Morgan Flowers
Josh Gumiela
Sarah McDonald
Ray Palumbo
Caroline Rawson
Alexine Rioux
Allie Sultan
Williard Tucker
Chelsea Wright

Check the Facebook event page for more info.

BYOB Nashville
April 27th, 7-10pm, free
Chestnut Sq Building
427 Chestnut Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Park in lot across from Chestnut Sq Building.
Refreshments provided.

BYOB Boston

BYOB Boston

Mar 142013


Nestled in the heart of Nashville’s burgeoning arts community NoHo* (NOrth of HOuston Street), Chestnut Studios gallery Seed Space continues to book exciting sound and video art. If Seed Space curates it, it’s definitely going to be interesting.

But when I read about the Scott Smallwood installation opening this Friday, my jaw dropped. Scott’s a sound artist, composer, inventor, and performer, and he’s worked with some serious badasses: Pauline Oliveros, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Cor Fuhler, Phil Gelb, Todd Reynolds, and Mark Dresser.

Scott builds his own electronic instruments, sound installations, and even musical video games. hideout, the piece he’s unveiling Friday night at the opening reception is

a quiet, immersive soundscape based on environmentally-empowered sound circuits. Evoking the structural acoustics of hidden, safe zones in nature and architecture, these sounds can evoke feelings of safety and security, as well as a heightened sense of intrusions from outside sources.  As one adapts to the quiet sounds that are often masked or silenced by the presence of crowded social spaces, the piece is also subtly interactive, as the sounds are directly responsive to the presence of light in the space and changes of light distribution through the presence of shadows, reflections, and absorption caused by movement through the space.

If Scott’s previous creations are any judge, hideout will be an art opening you won’t want to miss. Salivate over the video clips of Scott’s work below and then go over to the Seedspace page for more info.

Scott Smallwood’s hideout
Opening Reception Friday, March 15th, 6-8 pm.
hideout will show March 15 – April 29.

Seed Space Gallery
427 Chestnut Street, Nashville, 37203

* Yes, I made that up. Yes, I am shamelessly trying to make it stick.