“The Nautilus Project – PDX” is the second collaborative arts project in a series of four over several years (2012 – present) called “The Nautilus Project.” In 2012, I released a CD of original music titled “Nautilus,” that I recorded and mixed myself. The concept for the CD was inspired by haiku poetry (the song titles make a haiku), and also haiga, a blended art fusion of haiku poetry with brush painting, or in some more modern cases, digital imaging. Inspired by interdisciplinary artists who merge visual art with poetry, and having been a student of many forms of art myself, I challenged the standard CD release party by releasing “Nautilus” as a collaborative, interdisciplinary dialog between artists. Thus, the four-year “The Nautilus Project” series was conceived.
“The Nautilus Project – PDX” is the second in the series, focusing on the art of the written word, taking form in a curated Tumblr blog, and featuring a variety of writing genres. My Portland project co-creators are Brandi Katherine Herrera and Lisa Kislingbury Anderson.
Three songs from my CD (“Jackson,” “Mississippi,” and “Nautilus”) are featured on a Sound Cloud playlist here:
The writers are asked to choose works from their portfolios and/or create new works that relate to the themes in the song tracks, the “Jacks Ex-Pats” experience, or both. The submission period is open now, and we expect to publish work to the Tumblr blog in July Posts will be added over the next year as they are received and accepted, and we invite you to share the blog with friends, family, and the networks you are a part of.
On Wed, July 24, 2013 we will hold an informal meet-and-greet social hour in Portland at the Oregon Public House (6 – 8:30 pm) to allow the people involved a chance to get together. In 2014 the Tumblr will be launched and celebrated with events in Jackson, MS and Portland, OR.
There are two main purposes of The Nautilus Project. First, to intentionally push the boundaries of genre and expectations about CD releases to create something new, meaningful, and enjoyable. Second, to encourage mutual support amongst artists who share common experiences, and to help strengthen artistic communities.