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MAP NEWS: October's Off the MAP, Moogfest happenings, + more!


featuring Brandon Pass

Off The MAP presents mixed-media artist and architect Brandon Pass.  Pass will present images and discuss how his background in architecture informs recurrent themes and concepts in his work.  As an architect, he “recognizes the responsibilities of the built form where environmental, social and contextual factors shape each insertion into a given landscape.”  Last summer, Pass designed a collection of paper plates to coincide with the The Southeastern Contemporary Arts Center’s (SECCA) Paperless exhibit. 

Says Pass: “Is the plate not a site and the food a construction, an edifice? A dialogue between the two objects emerges, as does a well-sited building grafted into the landscape. As a building engages, transforms and enhances the natural properties of a site, so does the sitting of the food on a plate.”

Brandon Pass is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies where he received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1997. Since, he has worked in top-level design firms in Charleston, South Carolina, Chicago, and New York City and holds licenses to practice architecture in Illinois, New York and North Carolina.

WHEN: Tuesday October 16th, doors open at 8:00pm, talk begins at 8:30pm

WHERE: Bobo Gallery and Wine Bar, 22 North Lexington

HOW MUCH: Suggested donation $5 - $10

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTwww.brandonpassarchitect.com

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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.


Many thanks to everyone who came out for September's Off the MAP event!  Check out the website for full-size photos.  We had a great turnout, and everyone had a blast.  The audience really enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the cast and crew.  We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future, so get in touch!  

Photo credits: Andrea Desky


Asheville's Only LGBTQ International Film Festival

Starting this Thursday, the Fine Arts Theatre will host the 2nd Annual Asheville Qfest, featuring around 20 short and full-length feature films spanning an incredible range of themes and styles.  This may be your only chance to see these films in theatres in the WNC area, so make it a movie-and-popcorn weekend!

"The organizers of Qfest share the belief that film is a transformative, immersive medium that can communicate and connect with anyone on an intimate, personal level. We believe in the power of an artistic media that expands the understanding of the human condition, exposes us all to knew people and experiences, and ultimately feeds our compassion and love for all people everywhere."

Tickets to the festival, along with the full schedule of film showtimes and nightly parties at area clubs and restaurants, can be found on the website at www.ashevilleqfest.com.  

WHEN: Thursday, October 11 - Sunday, October 14

WHERE: Film screenings at the Fine Arts Theatre, parties at various venues around downtown

HOW MUCH: $9 - $90 (from single film passes to VIP all-access passes)

MORE INFO: www.ashevilleqfest.com / www.facebook.com/AshevilleQfest


Even if you aren't going to Moogfest, there are a number of exciting multimedia events happening around town that you won't want to miss!  On Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, the Asheville Art Museum will host a special performance/installation by Greensboro artist collective Invisible.

The New Obsolete features "a sprawling landscape of invented instruments (like a drip-driven drum machine), repurposed thrift shop electronics and six channels of video...amidst which both typewriter and typist are reimagined via the Selectric Piano -- an IBM typewriter that mechanically controls a piano -- allowing the skills of a professional typist to become the talent of a lead instrumentalist".  The show "explores obsolescence in technology as well as the human body".

WHERE: Asheville Art Museum

WHEN: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28:  1pm - 2pm and 3pm - 4pm (each day)

HOW MUCH: $10 for general public, $6 for Moogfest passholders (after 10/26)

MORE INFO: www.soundsinvisible.com or www.moogfest.com/activities/invisible-the-new-obsolete


After dusk on Moogfest weekend, be on the look out for a synthesis of soundscapes and video projections in Pack Square, brought to you by the Media Arts Project and The Asheville Cultural Arts Division. Come downtown and celebrate the legacy of Bob Moog with The MAP and Easel Rider!


The City of 1000 Easels is a self-guided walking tour of visual artists at work in outdoor locations in downtown Asheville. The artists set up a miniature outdoor studio and create work live in front of an audience of passers-by.

Any "visual artists working in any media with a portable studio practice" are invited to participate.  Here at the MAP, we'd love to see some multimedia artists taking part in this year's event!  Participating artists must register by emailing the Asheville Area Arts Council in advance.  Locations are assigned, so if you desire or require a specific spot, make sure to discuss it with the AAAC ahead of time.  

Please review the website for additional guidelines.

WHERE: downtown Asheville

WHEN: Sunday, October 14 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm


MORE INFO: ashevillearts.com/programs/city-of-1000-easels/


WE NEED ORGANIZERS: {Re}HAPPENING continues to evolve and improve.  Gene Felice, one of our principal organizers, recently relocated to California, and a new team is being assembled to create the 2013 event. If you have interest in helping to make this incredible event even better than last year's, please contact us with your interests, skills and desired level of contribution.  

CALL FOR ARTISTS: We will be releasing an call for artist proposals next week.  Look out for  more detailed information in a forthcoming announcement, and you can also check for updates at blackmountaincollege.org or themap.org.

The {Re}HAPPENING 2013  will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Camp Rockmont (former location of Black Mountain College) in Black Mountain, NC. {Re}HAPPENING is an annual event balancing the history, tradition and experience of Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center with the forward thinking and media-based collective of artists that defines the Media Arts Project.

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