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MAP News! September's Dystopian Off the MAP, Call for Artists, Microcinemas



Off The MAP presents a world premiere screening of THE DIVIDERS, a short film directed and produced by Courtney Chappell and NeverNo Film Collective, based out of Asheville, NC.

Starring Lauren Whitley, Jaye Bartell, Scott Hubener, Ingrid Carson, Lisa Nance, Shane Perlowin, and Frieda Carson.

In the year 2060, North American resources have become scarce. After decades of war and environmental catastrophes, the United States governments has disintegrated into isolated regional regimes. Lauren, member of a renegade militia, has long since lost all family, home and semblance of hope. When the last person who matters to her takes on a more dangerous assignment than he can handle, Lauren is forced to intervene, and finds herself victim of a betrayal she could not have imagined.

Video shorts by Nora Hartlaub and Lauren Whitley will also be presented. A panel discussion will follow the screenings.

WHEN: Monday September 24 at 8pm

WHERE: 33 Carolina Lane (Asheville)

HOW MUCH: Free admission (donations accepted)

VIEW THE TRAILER: http://youtu.be/5ilU1XiZmmI

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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.


This year, The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is partnering with The MAP to feature new media work in the Asheville Art Museum's New Media gallery and presentation spaces during the festival. Gallery and installation spaces in the River Arts District will also host work during the festival. Be a part of these exciting opportunities to present new media, multimedia, and collaborative art during this winter's festival January 24-27, 2013. Apply NOW!

Applications will be accepted through October 31st at www.ashevillefringe.org/application.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.


The first screening of Asheville's brand new Mechanical Eye Microcinema will be on Saturday, September 29th.  The mobile microcinema (location will change each month) will show independent, experimental, avant-garde and documentary films and videos in order to celebrate the "subversive and creative possibilities of the moving image."

On September 29th, the Microcinema will screen three short films: 

Who is Bozo Texino (56 min.) by Bill Daniel

Hub City (15 min.) by Bill Brown (artist in person)

SAVE (5 min.) by Roger Beebe

The Microcinema founders, Charlotte Taylor and Lisa Sousa, hope that this project will "support and encourage media makers to create new works of art," and that it will "cultivate an adventurous community of filmmakers and film lovers."

WHEN: Saturday, September 29th at 7pm

WHERE: Firestorm Cafe & Books (48 Commerce St)


MORE INFO:  Visit the website for descriptions of the films and more about the Mechanical Eye Microcinema

MEL CHIN: 9-11 / 9-11

Artist Mel Chin will present his animated, award-winning film 9-11 / 9-11, followed by a personal tour of his exhibition High, Low & In Between. The film is based on a 2002 graphic novel that he wrote under the pen name “Ignacio Moreles”, and is a complex work of art that speaks to history, current events, politics, and society. After the film screening, Mel will discuss his exhibition, which explores themes such as war, religion and politics through contemporary Surrealism and large-scale assemblage.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 11 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

WHERE: Asheville Art Museum

HOW MUCH: Free with membership or museum admission

MORE INFO: Visit the Asheville Art Museum page

VIEW THE TRAILER: http://youtu.be/0hIxDvQnZv8


The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center invites the community to stop by on September 14th for a free, eight-hour performance by Curt Cloninger.  Pop Mantra is a series of performances where Cloninger repeatedly performs a short excerpt from a pop song for several hours blindfolded. For Pop Mantra #4 (Rain Down On Me), the fourth performance in the series, Cloninger will perform the excerpt "rain down on me / from a great height" from the Radiohead song "Paranoid Android" for eight hours. 

Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His art undermines language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. His work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil.

WHEN: Friday, September 14 between 10:00am and 6:00pm

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



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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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Moogfest, {Re}HAPPENING, Fringe Festival, Off the MAP

MOOGFEST 2012:  We are coordinating an outdoor project with the Moog Foundation and the City of Asheville to take place during Moogfest at the end of October.  This project is in its planning stages, so anyone interested is invited to help out!

{Re}HAPPENING 2013:  Planning for the 2013 {Re}HAPPENING is already underway, and The MAP and Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center are looking for volunteers to contribute to the initial creative and logistics planning stages.  If you attended any of the past {Re}HAPPENINGs and had a blast, please consider joining our incredible creative team to make next year's event even better!

FRINGE ARTS FESTIVAL 2013: A variety of volunteer positions are open for the Fringe Arts Festival in January 2013.  Visit the Fringe Arts Festival website for details about the festival, and e-mail info@ashevillefringe.org to find out about specific opportunities.

OFF THE MAP: Now that the ball is rolling with our regular Off the MAP events,  volunteers are needed to help with setup and documentation.  Photographers and videographers, get in touch!

If you'd like to volunteer for any of the events listed here, 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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