Invisible persents “The New Obsolete”

In The New Obsolete, the 2012 work of Greensboro-based musical performance act Invisible, an IBM typewriter mechanically controls a piano so that, as the typist (in this case, professional typist Jodi Staley) types, the typewriter becomes an instrument. The performance also involves “the Selectric Piano, multichannel video, a new drip-driven drum machine and four human elements,” according to the group’s website. Mark Dixon (instrument maker), Bart Trotman (musician and video producer), Jonathan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist) and Fred Snider (electronics) make up the rest of the group.

Invisible formed in ‘06 as an improv noise-punk act before evolving into what they describe as “a mechanical music museum” and “a reverse-engineered, folk-science day-dream.” These days, instead of bars and clubs, they play galleries and museums, touring with their inventive “artstruments” and other found objects.

Invisible: The New Obsolete is held at the Asheville Art Museum. Performances are from 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28. $10 general admission, $6 Moogfest pass holders. Reserve tickets by calling 253-3227 or purchasing at the Museum’s front desk beginning Friday, Oct. 26.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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