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Daughter of the Cave–Episode 2: The Travelers

Gather round, fellow Speleogians: Your favorite subterranean feminist saga continues as multimedia artist and regular Speleogen contributor Paige Adair returns with the second episode in the Daughter of the Cave video series. Like its predecessor, “The Travelers” is composed of a number of disparate elements, including documentary video Adair captured at Ruby Falls along with images appropriated from Adair’s research into the twisty looping chambers of mythology and popular culture. Adair Read more [...]

Big Black Dark Lonesome Hole

Several months ago as snowstorms wrought havoc on Metro Atlanta members of Team Speleogen found themselves tucked away from the ice and snow with songwriter and first-time New Cave Art contributor Madeline whom the Team had befriended years previously while living in Athens, GA. At the time the Team was just beginning to hatch its plans to visit Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and the specter of the brave but ultimately doomed caver Floyd Collins hung heavily in all our minds. As Read more [...]

Fresh From the Depths

Greetings Fellow Speleogians, We write with a couple of important announcements concerning our cave art collective’s most recent activities both above- and belowground: I. Our New Publication Schedule Speleogen took a breather from publishing new content on a weekly basis after posting the final installment of our 3-part Ruby Falls digital exhibition. The reasons for this hiatus were twofold. First, our roles as collaborative artists have grown and diversified. When Speleogen launched Read more [...]

10 Ways of Looking at a Waterfall: A Digital Exhibition: Part 3

This week we are very proud to bring you the 3rd and final installment of our 3-part digital exhibition of multimedia works inspired by a recent Community Cave Excursion to Ruby Falls, a popular tourist cave that is equal parts museum, natural wonder, and roadside attraction located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you would like to learn more about our purposes for making this trip and the circumstances under which our featured artists produced their amazing pieces please see the introductory Read more [...]

10 Ways of Looking at a Waterfall: A Digital Exhibition: Part 2

Speleogen returns this week with the 2nd installment of a 3-part digital exhibition of multimedia artworks inspired by a recent Community Cave Excursion to Ruby Falls, a popular tourist cave that is equal parts museum, natural wonder, and roadside attraction located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. For more information about our purposes for making this trip and for details concerning the circumstances under which the artists produced their pieces please see the introductory essay that Read more [...]

10 Ways of Looking at a Waterfall: A Digital Exhibition: Part 1

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Fellow Fashioners of the New Cave Art: On January 11, 2014 the Speleogen Team undertook its inaugural Community Cave Excursion to Ruby Falls, a popular tourist cave that is equal parts theme park, museum, roadside attraction, and legitimate natural wonder. Located just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Falls straddle the lines that separate “natural beauty,” human artifice, and the commercial interests of the tourist industry in the U.S. South. Because the Falls Read more [...]

Daughter of the Cave–Episode 1: A Portrait

"The cave is a place of rebirth, that secret cavity in which one is shut up in order to be incubated and renewed...[These legends have] the following meaning: Anyone who gets into the cave will find himself involved in an--at first--unconscious process of transformation." -- Carl Jung This first episode of the video series "Daughter of the Cave" introduces the newest member of the Speleogen Team, Atlanta-based artist, archivist, and self-described "undercover interior designer" Paige Adair. Paige's Read more [...]

Trapped! Or The Ballad of Floyd Collins and the Media

There is a scene in Billy Wilder’s unrelentingly bleak 1951 film Ace in the Hole where disgraced reporter Charles Tatum, played with cool venom by Kirk Douglas, explains to his photographer protege the ins and outs of human interest stories. The pair has just entered an Indian cliff dwelling in search of a man who’s been trapped inside while searching for ancient pottery to sell in his New Mexico curio shop. The public doesn’t care about tragedy on a massive scale, Tatum says. They simply Read more [...]

Ajanta Caves: The Birth of OM

David Matysiak spent the month of November in India shooting a documentary film about the Anchal Project. (Make sure to peruse the photos David took to document his travels here.) On the trip David's attentions were focused primarily on the women of Anchal and their amazing stories. And yet when opportunities arose to venture into new speleological territories in an unfamiliar country David leaped at the chance to document these experiences for the Speleogen Team. This video is the first Read more [...]

Maps of Possible Sequence

Allow me to set the scene. It is a lovely summer morning. June 2013.The Speleogen Team is making its first excursion to Petty John’s Cave. Three of the five would-be cavers have never been to Petty John’s, have never visited Pigeon Mountain or driven through the town of Lafayette. Three of the five have never before stepped foot inside a cave. When we arrive a group of cavers is already waiting to greet us in the parking area. The coincidence is quasi-providential. They have just emerged Read more [...]

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