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MAP News: Off the MAP 6/29 + Radio shows, film nights, dance festivals, oh my!


Featuring Heather Lewis

Artist Heather Lewis will be sharing imagery and discussing the concepts behind her “deskilled” drawings, and light/shadow installations. Says Lewis: “Looking at painting and drawing as expanded concepts, and interchangeable with installation, I use non-commercial rationales to direct simple arrangements of existing technology, products and situations. This lets me explore the role of mechanical process within creative practice, and engage aspects of the ordinary world within a fine art environment.”

Heather Lewis’ work has been shown in solo and group shows in galleries in the United States and abroad including the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, New York ; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey; The Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Affordable Art Fair, London; and The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland.  

WHEN: Friday June 29th, doors open at 8:00pm, talk begins at 8:30pm

WHERE: Bobo Gallery and Wine Bar, 22 North Lexington

COST: Free admission

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST: www.heatherlewis.net

Our last Off the MAP event in May, featuring visual artist Nava Lubelski, was a smashing success.  It was amazing to see such a great turnout!  We are on the lookout for more artists to feature at these lecture/presentation/demo events:

Off the MAP is a lecture series presented by The Media Arts Project offering insightful talks by visual artists and performers who infuse 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, please contact us! We would love to host you at a future Off the MAP event, either alone or alongside other artists.


The Asheville Butoh Festival will be taking place later this week, kicking off with the Asheville Butoh Festival Film Night on June 13th at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville.  

The evening will include a series of butoh-inspired films by video artists Lucas Baumann, Peter Brezny, Rainer Doost and Megan Ransmeier.  The featured films include:

  • "Lake Eden" was shot in and around the site of the former Black Mountain College (and, of course, the location of the annual {Re}HAPPENING).  The film presents "emotionally evocative images of contemplative movement influenced by the local landscape".


  • "Ghosts of the South" is an "Affrilachian Butoh Homage" that honors and calls forth "the Ghosts of the Asheville River Arts District, a part of town in which blacks thrived and from which they were displaced".


  • "Oblivion: the Origins, Impacts and Future of Butoh" features pre-release excerpts from the documentary film emerging from a collaboration between Peter Brezny and Julie Becton Gillum.

WHEN: Wednesday June 13th at 6pm

WHERE: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway

COST: $5 at the door



Along with the Asheville Butoh Festival Film Night, workshops and ticketed performances, local dancers will be taking over the streets of Asheville at 6pm on Thursday through Sunday.  In particular, we recommend you make an effort to catch Excursus, one of our 2011 MAP Grant winners, which will be performed at Pack Place Park on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm.  

Find out more general information about the Asheville Butoh Festival (June 14-18) here: http://www.ashevillebutoh.com/2012/05/13/asheville-butoh-festival-2012/


Calling all filmmakers!  Whether you've been doing it for years, or whether you've only dreamt about making a film, the 48-Hour Film Project, returning to Asheville June 22 to 24, wants YOU to participate.  Register your team and then prepare for a sleepless weekend of writing, shooting, editing and scoring your movie, limited only by the required character, prop, dialogue line and genre that will be announced when the weekend begins!

The purpose of the project is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers, encouraging both seasoned and would-be filmmakers to get out there and just make a movie. The winning film will compete against others from around the U.S. and then internationally. 

For competition rules, registration and complete details, visit http://www.48hourfilm.com/asheville/


As you may know, Asheville's volunteer-based, grassroots community radio station, AshevilleFM, recently met their Kickstarter goal to upgrade their studios and programming.  Starting this month, they are introducing a number of new shows.  If you haven't checked out the station yet, now's the time!

We're most excited about Notes from the Underground, a weekly spotlight on local Asheville electronic and experimental artists.  The show streams live on Sundays at 11pm, or you can listen the next day at http://www.ashevillefm.org/notes-from-the-underground.

Other new shows include Night Terrors (featuring old time mystery and horror radio shows), Bezels & Vogues (dirty Southern rap from the 90s and 2000s) and Smoke Signals (American roots, odd Americana and Southern culture).


Consider this an invitation to all MAP members with profiles on our website to log in and update your profiles!

The MAP website is intended for use by local media artists as a free portfolio site, announcement board (new projects, events, arts-related items for sale) and a way to connect artists (with skills or product to offer) with individuals and businesses who want to contract or hire them.  Please take advantage of this site to promote yourself and your work!

If you've forgotten your login information, just e-mail us and we'll find the information for you.

If you don't already have an account, it's totally free.  Visit the site and click "Apply for an Account" at the top right, and as long as you're a Western North Carolina-based media artist, we'll approve you.




The MAP is looking for local media artists and supporters, who are excited about the prospect of building up the Western North Carolina media arts community, and who want to contribute their time, energy and resources to making it happen by becoming a MAP volunteer.

We want to see more focus on cutting-edge, forward-thinking and engaging media art in galleries and out on the town, whether it is interactive, sonic, performance-based, or multimedia.  Our area is known for being an artistic mecca, but we feel that the presence of media arts is lacking.  

The MAP wants to be proactive in encouraging and promoting more media arts activity in our community, so we invite you to join us in developing new and exciting local projects that do so.  Contact us at info@themap.org with details about your interest and any specific knowledge, experience or resources that you might be able to contribute.

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