Smart bet web extra: OFF THE MAP Artist Talk

Both projects featured in The Media Arts Project’s upcoming OFF THE MAP Artist Talk — Severn Eaton’s “Cooperative Instrument” and Michael Luchtan and Kehren Barbour’s “Post Piano Project” — challenge and twist the way we experience and interpret sound. Both projects are also wonderfully strange enough to make us want to know what was going on inside the respective artists’ heads.

The free talk takes place Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre in the Critic’s Lounge. The artists will share the inspiration and concepts behind the projects that won them a MAP community grant. The talk may be of special interest to those planning to attend the multimedia, interdisciplinary {Re}HAPPENING event on Saturday, April 5th, where “Cooperative Instrument” and “Post Piano Project” will be on display. 

Eaton’s “Cooperative Instrument” is described as “costuming created with electrical pickups and strings along the spine, for players to interact and manipulate each other as instruments in an embrace” in a press release. The “instruments” will be part of a larger, collaborative performance.

Luchtan and Barbour’s “Post Piano Project” is an installation of four piano harps, which create “a visually dynamic laboratory in sound that allows group interaction and non-musicians the experience of creating music,” according to a press release.

Photos by Paul Lewis Anderson

Sara Baird, coordinator of The MAP’s Community Art Grant, will be on hand to give details about the upcoming MAP grant cycle. The night will begin with a special screening of a short documentary about {Re}HAPPENING, created by Link’d Video.

The Media Arts Project’s monthly OFF THE MAP events feature innovative WNC artists and are intended to encourage community dialogue and collaborations. Learn more at

{Re}HAPPENING is an interdisciplinary art event that takes place at Lake Eden and is a fundraiser for The MAP and Black Mountain College Museum+Arts Center. Learn more about the {Re}HAPPENING event at


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