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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 [...]

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 [...]

On Light Painting Petty John’s Cave: An Essay

I am looking at the print of the Chandelier that John Paul framed for me. In the photo the formation has a ghostly air about it. Stripped of context it tells you nothing about where or what it is. It reminds me a bit of spirit photography, a sort of ectoplasmic excrescence, which I suppose it is, at least geologically speaking. Yet I was present for this clicking of the shutter. I witnessed the history of its taking and recorded it myself albeit in complementary media, i.e. audio and writing. The Read more [...]

The First Descent

Excursion 1 / June 15, 2013 For our first excursion into the field we set virtually no agenda. We brought with us some portable audio recording devices, digital cameras, cell phones, and musical instruments, specifically a melodica and an mbira (thumb piano), that were small and durable enough to be lugged around inside the cave. In fact when trying to decide what to bring with us we nearly left the instruments behind, including them only reluctantly at the last minute at John Paul’s Read more [...]