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MAP News: On Time and Place; On Coal River; MAP Board Stuff

On Time & Place

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

56 Broadway, Asheville

Saturday, July 31 - 8:00 p.m.

$7/$5 BMCM + AC members and students w/ID


Check this out… Jason Scott Furr and Vincent Wrenn present a collaborative performance based and constructed on the time and location of the performance itself, utilizing emerging data streams as well as live (temporal) composition and sonic cinema. Jason Scott Furr brings the modulation of audio and video data streams, and Vincent Wrenn will create auditory variations on time and location.

Also up at BMCM+AC is an exhbiition of work from Kenneth Snelson, who was an art student at Black Mountain College in the summers of 1948 and 1949, where he studied with Buckminster Fuller and Josef Albers. He describes his work as a study of physical forces in three-dimensional space. Snelson made the original discovery of the tension/compression principle, “tensegrity” which defines his structural sculptures. Another of his works is a fifty year study, a multimedia piece describing the artist’s invented architecture for the atom. This exhibition includes small sculptures, panoramic photographs, digital pictures and patent drawings.

On Coal River


The MAP would like to show some love for ON COAL RIVER, a project from Asheville-based filmmakers Adams Wood and Francine Cavanaugh. ON COAL RIVER - created with the support of a grant from the Media Arts Advantage Fund - is a documentary set in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, where longtime local residents are dealing with the toxic effects of America’s increased demand for cheap coal. It's a beautiful piece of media activism and the filmmakers are working tirelessly to get the word out. The film's world premiere happened last month in two sold-out screenings at AFI/Discovery Channel – Silverdocs in Washington, DC, as well as a special preview screening on Capitol Hill for an audience of influential policymakers. More festivals and other distribution are lined up for the fall. More here.


From Adams Wood: "The Media Arts Advantage Fund was the very first organization to grant funds for this film, which was hugely important.  The grant helped support filming in West Virginia and it also gave us the encouragement to seek out additional foundation grants.  Without that first grant from MAAF, it would have been much harder to convince other other foundations to take a chance on us too." 


In the spirit of cautious optimism about the economy, the MAP is working on plans to re-institute a grant program. We recognize that the most important thing we can do to support WNC media arts is to support WNC media artists.  Stay tuned…

What the MAP Is Doing...

We’ve just signed on as fiscal agent for TEDx Next Generation, the youth version of TEDx, which takes place Saturday, August 28th, at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville.  It will spotlight some of the region's most creative young people and their “ideas worth spreading.” This event is an opportunity for Asheville's young people to stand tall and share their biggest dreams, demonstrate their most audacious ideas and join together to make positive change in our world... because the kids are, indeed, all right. 

The shapeshifter that is MAP Board of Directors continues to evolve, and we thought we’d let you know about some recent additions  - check out the list here. The board runs on a 100% volunteer basis… so let us know if you want to get involved!  And of course, a shout out to our illustrious advisory board.