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May 012015



Watkins professor Morgan Higby-Flowers organized a weekend residency with School of the Art Institute of Chicago professor James Connolly, who creates instruments by hacking old audio/visual equipment. On Saturday, May 2nd at Coop Gallery in the Arcade, Connolly will perform RGB.VGA.VOLT, a work performed on a synthesizer made from cathode ray tube monitors. According to Connolly, the synthesizer was inspired by Nam June Paik’s television synthesizers and the early video synth, the Sandin Image Processor.

There will be two performances: one at 7 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. While you’re at the Arcade, enjoy the rest of the Downtown Art Crawl. Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has the details on the rest here.

Oct 022014



Way too much. First, we have the inaugural SoNa (South Nashville) Festival happening Saturday, October 4th from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at Dudley Park. The Facebook event page says there will be “community art, live music, local food and drinks, and urban gardening.”

The fourth annual Handmade & Bound celebration takes place at Watkins College on Friday and Saturday. Watkins says the free event “features a gallery exhibition, film screening, zine collection, marketplace with dozens of vendors and distributors, and demos and hands-on activities.”

Then there’s the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra happening Saturday night at Track One. I wrote about it here.

And don’t forget the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl and Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston, both happening Saturday night. The Nashville Scene’s Joe Nolan has the details here. A couple additions: Abstract artist John Perry will be showing at SNAP Center. NYCNash has the details. Also, there’s  a 9 p.m. performance at the Packing Plant, featuring Skoolgirl, Gunther DougNeon Black , and Tinted Bladder.

I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

Jun 162014



Along with Light & Sound Machine at Third Man Records, the Track 1 building in Wedgewood/Houston is becoming one of the best places to see underground and experimental video art. Case in point: this video art show Friday, June 20th at 8:oo p.m.

Details from the press release:


In an effort to combat culturally induced impatience and shortened attention spans, student art collective Co. H presents ATTENTION, a juried, hour-long screening of video art. Time-based art (in other words, work that is to be experienced in duration) suffers as a result of this condition. As such, the work here is presented in succession, as a screening, rather than installed in space to be addressed in passing. ATTENTION features 15 videos from both students and professors working regionally in Nashville and Chattanooga, as well as from artists based nationally in Pennsylvania and New York.

Benjamin Anderson
Sharyn Bachleda
Keren Beddoe
Kellie Bornhoft
Bradley Braunschweig
Ann Catherine Carter & Tyler Blankenship
Elisha Farahmand
Holden Head
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Ron Lambert
Casey Payne
Angel Renta
William Stewart
Hannah Taylor
Chelsea Velaga

They really hit the nail on the head about the difficulties showing time-based art. “Bring Your Own Beamers” and such are great for creating a massive sensory assault, but they’re not great for highlighting each artist’s individual piece. On Friday at Track 1, you’ll be able to give each piece your attention without distraction.

Most of the names on the list are new to me, but I do notice Kellie Bornhoft and Morgan Higby-Flowers, who participated in the 2014 Circuit Benders’ Ball; Ann Catherine Carter, an artist and musician who is taking over for Veronica Kavass as the gallery director at The Packing Plant; and Tyler Blankenship, filmmaker, musician, and chief archivist of the current Nashville art scenes.

More info on the Facebook event page.

“ATTENTION” Video Art Show
Friday, June 20, reception at 8 p.m., screening at 9 p.m.

@ Track One Building
(4th Avenue South and Chestnut)
1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210

Sep 052013



There are two great art happenings tonight, and it’s killing me that I can’t attend both.

The first is a Watkins opening reception for two of its new faculty members, Fine Art chair Kristi Hargrove and Fine Art assistant professor Morgan Higby-Flowers. The show “Monsters, Prophets, Sinners & Tourists” is open tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm.

According to the Watkins event page, Hargrove will “present a collection of work across disciplines, from the series ‘Playing with the Pause.’ Her studio practice is primarily drawing, but includes investigations into other media such as photography, sculpture and installation.” Higby-Flowers, who has performed at Noa Noa, Boheme Collectif, and the Wedgewood/Houston ON/OFF exhibit, is “exhibiting a single channel video entitled ‘Timonds are [not] Forever,’ captured in realtime via a self-contained analog system using a Sandin Image Processor, video mixer, camera and CRT television.”

As a part of the Clarksville First Thursday Downtown Art Walk, Austin Peay professor Josh Gumiela is presenting a NO MEDIA event.

The concept:

Participating artists are randomly matched in sets of 3 && given 10mins to perform. NO MEDIA aims to bring together artists from a broad range of performable disciplines (poets + dancers + expanded cinemaistas + free jazzers + audio/video noise makers + etc) to challenge the conventions of their practice by responding in realtime to artists from other disciplines.

The Rules:

No Media At The Beginning!
[NO preparation is allowed. Bring your tools, devices, instruments, props, etc., but you’ve got to start with a blank slate. NO time will be allotted for ‘setup’. There will be a 2min turn around time where you can carry your stuff up and meet your collaborators]

No Media At The End!
[NO documentation allowed. It happens once && in realtime.]

Today Josh sent out the final details for the show, which I am including below. He’s appeared on several Theatre Intangible episodes and has exhibited work at Future Night, The Circuit Benders’ Ball, and the Wedgewood/Houston ON/OFF exhibit.

I’ll be performing at tonight’s NO MEDIA event, armed with an SK-1 keyboard. It should be a blast!

The when and where:Thu Sept 5, 6pm – 8pm

Please arrive by 6pm in order to be entered into the pool of performers.

124 Strawberry Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040

(map: http://goo.gl/maps/H2546)

The Rules:

This is important. Be sure you review the rules of the event before you arrive, they will be strictly enforced: http://no-media.tumblr.com/

The Equipment:

There will be a PA, mixer, and one video projector available. We will also have power outlets available near the performance area. That’s it. Bring all cables/wires/misc. tech required for your performance. 

The Performers:

You! And anyone else you can bring along to participate. We need as many performers as possible in order for this to be a success. Absolutely anyone is welcome. This is a safe place to take risks and experiment. No documentation is allowed so there’s no worry that your performance will be captured on YouTube or Facebook for all of eternity. Assume that most, if not all of us, will fail in epic fashion. And that’s totally okay. Actually, it’s kinda the point.