Experimental Music Ensemble, INVISIBLE, to perform at Museum this October

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Experimental music ensemble INVISIBLE will be performing at the Asheville Art Museum on October 27 and 28, 2012. Self-described as a “mechanical music museum,” “dance music for your brain” and “a reverse engineered folk science daydream,” INVISIBLE meshes together the visual and auditory through installation-based performances. At its core are Bart Trotman and Mark Dixon, and a number of others who have contributed over the years. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, INVISIBLE fits in with music venues and art museums alike. They have performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Ackland Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, and this October 27th and 28th will be a part of Moogfest, here at the Asheville Art Museum.

The Asheville performance will exhibit INVISIBLE’s new installation, the New Obsolete. It is a project of rethinking, reinventing and reusing objects that have become archaic in today’s quickly evolving society. Obsolescence, described by the music ensemble as “the disease that strikes stuff,” contributes to the mass amount of waste produced by civilization. By finding a new use for these items, artists like Trotman, Dixon and co. are challenging the boundaries of performance and visual art as well as re-appropriating our society’s outpour of waste. Items such as sewing machines, VHS and typewriters are used to create INVISIBLE’s unique visual and auditory aesthetic. One curiosity of this show is the Selectric Piano: an IBM Selectric typewriter, the keys of which control the notes on a piano. There are 88 characters on the typewriter and 88 keys on the piano, and each is linked to a specific one of the other. Simply by typing, INVISIBLE performs experimental piano music, while simultaneously creating avant-garde written word. For example, slowly typing “parTs Of You” over and over plays a haunting and cohesive melody on the piano.

INVISIBLE will perform on Saturday, October 27 from 1pm – 2pm, with a second performance from 3pm – 4pm, and again on Sunday, October 28 from 1pm – 2pm with a second performance from 3pm – 4pm. The Asheville Art Museum is located at 2 South Pack Square/Park Place. Contact the Museum’s front desk by calling 828.253.3227.

Tickets for Museum members and Moogfest pass holders are $6, and $10 for the general public. To purchase specially priced INVISIBLE tickets available to Moogfest pass holders:

  1. Make a reservation by calling the Museum at 828.253.3227, and then pick up the tickets at the Museum’s front desk on the day of the performance (must show Moogfest wristband, limit 2 per reservation); or
  2. Purchase tickets in-person at the Museum’s front desk beginning Friday, Oct. 26 (must show Moogfest wristband, limit 2 tickets per purchase).

Please note: any ticket purchase made prior to October 26th (either in person or via phone) will be at the regular price.

 View Now: Video of Selectric Piano.

This blog post was written by Sarah Wall for the Asheville Art Museum.