-Grayson Morris, a multi-disciplinary artist and performer from Asheville, is producing an immersive performance art installation at Revolve Gallery at RAMP Studios on the following dates/times: 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 30; 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. on Aug. 31; and 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 1. Audience members will journey through the installations, interface with performers, and have interactive visual, auditory, sensory, and emotional experiences in each space. This year’s event is called The Happiness System, an interactive performance experience in which participants must work together to create a system of living that suits them; they will navigate obstacles and make discoveries as they explore what it would feel like to live in a just world, according to a press release. Morris is working with DaniWay Productions and this year’s show was co-designed with Daniele Martin and Edwin Salas. Martin is a yoga teacher, storyteller, equity activist, animal lover and healer dedicated to transforming individual and collective racial trauma through strategic partnerships. Salas is an acclaimed international performer who for the last 19 years has performed around the world; in 2017 he created and performed a duet with Taketeru Kudo, one of the most renowned Butoh artists in Japan, in their piece “From the Love to the Horror.” Get tickets for The Happiness System here.
–Pansy Fest music festival is happening Aug. 23-25 and will feature 25 bands playing at multiple venues around Asheville, including Sly Grog and Fleetwood’s. Pansy Fest is a benefit for the Pansy Collective, a collaborative group of queer and trans visual artists and musicians operating as a booking collective and grassroots mutual aid fund based.
-That same weekend, Aug. 23-25, Firestorm Books will host Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair, an event that will bring people together for workshops, panels and discussions about ideas focused on anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, decolonial organizing. The keynote address this year will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24th at Firestorm Books, and will be a presentation on Pan African Social Ecology by scholar activist Modibo Kadalie, who will reflect on his nearly six decades of involvement in Black liberation movements across the South.
-Window (re/production|re/presentation) has announced that a site-specific installation of Asheville artist Kirsten Stolle’s work, Feed, will occupy the storefront space at the Window location hosted by Henco Reprographics at 54 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. Window, the brainchild of Asheville artist Dawn Roe, is a long-term public art project that aims to stimulate thoughtful discussion around timely issues of re-production and re-presentation within contemporary art in the local community and beyond. Stolle’s larger practice combines collage, drawing, text and installation with extensive archival research and material collection as a means of uncovering and activating latent messaging embedded within global agrichemical and biotech companies. “By mirroring seductive corporate imagery, language, and typography, I disrupt perceptions and invite viewers to critically engage with industry propaganda, [exposing] deceptive, persistent greenwashing,” she says in a press release. Stolle’s work will be up for the duration of the Terrain Biennial 2019. The Terrain Biennial, founded in 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, re-purposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives.
-The Asheville Area Arts Council has announced that its annual Color Ball will be held on Sept. 21 at four different venues around Asheville, including the South Slope and River Arts District. This year, the color is ruby. More than 600 patrons of the arts will don festive attire in ruby jewel tones as they amble from one party to the next in what is sure to be deemed Asheville’s most bacchanal buffet of the season, according to a press release. Each Ruby Ball event location will be jeweled in a unique theme, lavish decorations and local entertainment. Here’s all the info on Ruby Ball tickets and locations.