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MAP News: {Pre}HAPPENINGs happening soon! + Off the MAP recap, more


The {Re}HAPPENING 2012 is a little over a month away (April 7th!), and the excitement is building!   To give everyone a sneak peek into the creative energy that culminates at Lake Eden in April, we have two {Pre}HAPPENINGs planned in March:



{Pre}HAPPENING #1-- SATURDAY, MARCH 17 at 8 PM

at 5 Walnut Street (in front of Walnut Wine Bar in downtown Asheville)  

RSVP on Facebook 

For this multimedia performance event we are collaborating with Easel Rider, the City of Asheville's Mobile Art Lab, which will be present to help us make the streets and buildings of downtown come alive.  Performers to be announced soon.  Free!

 



 



{Pre}HAPPENING #2 -- FRIDAY, MARCH 30 at 6 PM TO 9 PM

at The Artery (346 Depot St in the River Arts District)

RSVP on Facebook 

For this event we are partnering with the Asheville Area Arts Council.  Claire Elizabeth Barratt and other {Re}HAPPENING artists will be featured in an evening of multimedia performance. There is a $5 suggested donation.

 



CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

We're still in need of some volunteers for the {Re}HAPPENING itself, from on-site event help to sponsor searches.  We are especially in need of volunteer leaders to help direct the other volunteers in the various stations: ticketing and wristbands at the front gate, drink ticketing and wristbands on the porch, parking, outdoor decorations and Sunday clean-up.  Please contact volunteers@rehappening.com with information on how you'd like to help!

We'll keep posting updates about the {Re}HAPPENING on the MAP site and Facebook page, but make sure to Like the {Re}HAPPENING Facebook page as well for more detailed info.



www.rehappening.com



FUND A PROJECT

Curious about this year's artists?  Want to help make {Re}HAPPENING 2012 the best yet?  Check out our new Fund a Project page on the {Re}HAPPENING website and join us in helping to fund these works-in-progress!  All final proceeds from the {Re}HAPPENINGs are returned to our local artist community through our annual MAP Grant program.  More artists will be added to the Fund a Project page soon.



Left: "Environmental Narrative" by John Seefeldt



FEBRUARY 20th OFF THE MAP RECAP



Thanks to everyone who came out for our first Off the MAP event of the year on February 20 at Bobo Gallery, and special thanks to those who presented their works-in-progress.  



MAP grant recipient John Brinker let us test-drive his Kinect project "Can You Feel It?"  We can't wait to see the finished product at {Re}HAPPENING!  See our recent blog post for more information on Brinker's project.  

Avi Goldberg showed off his brainwave-MIDI controller, which used the participant's brainwave patterns to manipulate the audio output.  

Jason Scott Furr set up a simple demo-- transforming the user's movements into those of a giant overweight bunny-- using NI mate, a new real-time motion capture and sound control application for Kinect. 



If you have media arts projects or topics you'd like to present or test-drive at a future Off the MAP event, contact us with details and we'll help you set something up!



ASHEVILLE FM: {Re}HAPPENING INTERVIEWS AND KICKSTARTER

Tune into the Asheville Free Media news hour on Thursdays at 7PM for upcoming spotlights, interviews and more info about this year's {Re}HAPPENING artists and producers.   We'll post details and links to the shows as we receive them.  AshevilleFM will also be broadcasting live audio and video from {Re}HAPPENING in April.



Asheville FM is running a Kickstarter to upgrade their studio and equipment and apply for a low-power FM license this year.  Their funding goal has to be reached by April 16th, so pitch in what you can to support free local Internet-based radio!



OTHER MEDIA ARTS EVENTS AND NEWS

UNC-A NEW MEDIA STUDENTS IN THE NEWS FOR LINCOLN ANIMATION PROJECT

A team of New Media students at UNC-A is making headlines for their undergraduate research project: constructing a lifelike, animatable 3D digital version of Abraham Lincoln.  Eventually, the students hope to enable virtual Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg address and become "an engaging educational tool".  Read the Citizen-Times article about the project.



 


INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE -- ASHEVILLE SCREENING MARCH 15th



The Fine Arts Theatre (36 Biltmore Ave) will host a screening of Indie Game: The Movie will take place on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.  The film made its premiere at the recent 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the directors are bringing the film to Asheville as part of their North American screening tour.



From the tour coordinators:  Indie Game: The Movie is a film about pouring heart & soul into a project, and the struggles that go with releasing it into the world. It’s the first high-profile feature length documentary about making video games.  The screening includes an in-person Q&A with Super Meat Boy co-creator and North Carolina native Tommy Refenes as well as the filmmakers.



 


 



HEADWAY/BATHETIC RECORDS RELEASE PARTY



Stop by Izzy's Coffee Den (74 N. Lexington Ave) after the {Pre}HAPPENING on Saturday, March 17th for the Bathetic Records Release Party, featuring Merryl, Villages and Difference Clouds.  Find out more about the artists at the Bathetic Records site.  Event starts at 10pm.



 



 


NC ARTS COUNCIL SmART INITIATIVE PILOT GRANT PROGRAM -- PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 2



The NC Arts Council recently published an amazingly thorough and inspiring report on the SmART Initiative (click to open PDF) to attract and retain creative individuals and businesses to NC towns and cities.  The Council's SmART Initiative Pilot Grant Program is offering arts organizations and local governments funding to build projects and infrastructure to drive arts-driven local economic development.

Grant proposals are due April 2.  Check out the program details here.



(Photo Courtesy of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce)



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