Off the MAP - July 27: DRIFT unRACE with Curt Cloninger
posted: July 14, 2013

featuring new media artist, writer and professor at UNC Asheville Curt Cloninger

For July's Off the MAP event, we're heading to the banks of the French Broad River for summertime fun, combining an art lecture with a tubing adventure. 

Participants will meet under the Haywood Road overpass at Jean Webb Park on Riverside Drive.  UNC Asheville educator, new media artist and author Curt Cloninger will give a brief lecture about the Situationist practice of derive, psychogeography and Henri Bergson's understanding of time, memory, matter and the mind.

Cloninger will give instructions about how to subjectively drift through time in order to reclaim it. The unRACE begins around noon -- the last person to reach the finish line (The Bywater) wins!


Jean Webb Park, 30 Riverside Drive (beneath the Haywood Road overpass, across from the Wedge in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC)

Saturday, July 27 (rain date: Sunday, July 28)
10:30 AM: Meet in the Bywater parking lot to carpool to starting point.
11:00 AM: Artist lecture with Q+A at Jean Webb Park
Noon: The un/RACE begins down the French Broad River  

Event is free and open to the public.  For writings and artwork by Curt Cloninger visit, and

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You'll need to bring your own flotation device, whether it's an innertube, raft, canoe or kayak.  If necessary, some drivers will be available to help people get back to their cars in the River Arts District, but it’s helpful to make ride arrangements beforehand.  Wear a hat, water sneakers, swim gear, sunglasses, sunblock/parasol.  Keep valuables in Ziploc plastic baggies. 


Organized by The Media Arts Project, Off the MAP is a roaming arts symposium facilitating monthly discussions between artists and community.  Off the MAP events highlight artists who fuse conceptual approaches to art-making with new technology and traditional media.

If you have a specific project or idea related to the media arts that you’d like to present, or if you'd simply like to discuss your artistic approach and practice at a future Off the MAP artist meet-up please contact us! We would love to host you at a future event, either alone or alongside other artists.

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