Category Archives: Video

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Monkey Thieves of Aurangabad: A Reminiscence in Still and Moving Images

"These dang langur monkeys. They'll steal any snack I got!" - An American tourist This week David Matysiak presents the third and final chapter in his Indian cave triptych. The piece is itself divided into two sections comprised of both moving and still images. We first become acquainted with the titular, sticky-handed langurs whom David encountered upon entering and exiting Ajanta Caves. Next, a collection of still images captured in and around Ajanta and Ellora Caves invites us to linger Read more [...]

Tuning to Buddha

Last month, I was traveling across India filming a documentary with Anchal Project. Our team had a few days off during the Diwali holidays and decided to take a trip to Aurangabad, India. We had seen the pictures and read the tales, and we wanted to explore the innards and far-reaching depths inside the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. My plan was to hike my newly acquired singing bowl into the meditation music rooms carved out by Buddhist monks in the 5th century. I forgot the aforementioned singing 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 [...]

The Cave You Fear to Enter

After our last excursion into Petty John’s Cave, a six hour long odyssey that culminated with us witnessing a majestic underground waterfall, the Speleogen Sound Team resolved to begin composing a musical score that could be mapped at least imaginatively upon the routes we followed, the sites we registered, and the obstacles we encountered. This video, shot and edited by David Matysiak, documents a recent rehearsal in our studio space where we experimented with tones, textures, and voicings Read more [...]

These Walls Resonate

John Paul Floyd documents our first ever subterranean improvisation. Devin Brown, Mason Brown, and David Matysiak play the roles of cave minstrels and our intrepid guide Jordan Mitchell stands off camera.