Test render of projection on truck at Rural King parking lot.


Saturday, July 20th 6 – 9 pm


Elsewhere’s Rural Residency annually collaborates with contemporary, socially-engaged artists for a year-long, site-specific, project-based explorations in rural regions of North Carolina. Using Elsewhere’s platform, this curated residency celebrates rural culture, brings awareness to under-acknowledged narratives, and deepens national connectivity to contemporary conditions of the South. Additionally, the program aims to reconnect artists, raised in the annually selected county, with their hometown.  

For 2019 program, artist Ash Eliza Smith explores the intersection of art, technology, and the environment through collaborative film-making and public programming to examine innovation in Appalachia as corporate data storage centers, solar farms and mineral mining transform former textile and agriculture landscapes in Burke, Catawba, and Caldwell Counties.  

The project centers around rural ecosystems, from the physical internet, data, and clouds, to how memories, dreams, futures,  and present realities are experienced by local communities. The work considers how new assemblages of data bodies and non-human networks can be an emergent system—a space of hope and possibility, resiliency in the face of disaster—for worldmaking potential.

For more information and updates on the summer event please visit tabs on this page.

This project is funded by an award from the NC Arts Council and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Saturday, July 20th 6 – 9 pm


Join Elsewhere for the culminating Rural Residency event in  Morganton (location TBD) including the screening of Data Clouds + Appalachian Futures, a collaborative film directed by Ash Eliza Smith. This family-friendly happening, free and open to the public, will also feature interactive programming and conversations around the future of the region. Check this page close to the event for updates!


6 – 8:30 pm | Activities such as live screen printing, eco film processing demos, dowsing rod lessons, local artisan and food vendors, beer and more!

8:30 – 9 pm | Film screening


During the year-long residency period artist, Ash Eliza Smith met with and led workshops that informed short scenarios for the film.


Ash Smith is a director, designer and new media artist who grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Ash incorporates strategies of play and speculation to solve problems, re-imagine systems and build worlds—to create interactive stories, mixed reality experiences, simulations and prototypes of the future. Data, science and/or humor may be used to tell stories for film, stage, and improvisation that may blur the distinction between art & life, fact & fiction, and nature & technology—a liminal space—that considers how myth and history modulate a present reality while simultaneously engendering future dreams. Ash is interested in the dreaming collective and how these virtual shared spaces may bleed into the real and shape our co-existence. Ash also plays music in a few bands and loves to parallel park.











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