Conductors and Resistance by Ronen Sharabani
Austin Convention Center – Meeting Room 3
The project ‘Conductors and Resistance’ (2017) is composed of imagery shot at the back of Sharabani’s studio, which was once an active and flourishing weaving factory. The images depict a weaving machine as well as woolen yarns, which were left behind, alongside electric wires, insinuating the inherent, structured, confusion between conductors and resistance.
Sharabani seeks to use this particular confusion between Conductors and Resistance, to call upon the viewer to increase the currents of action in regions of high resistance. A conflict occurs where the flow of energy is not high enough to yield a reaction, thus compelling human intervention seeking relief for a blocked situation.
This project is supported by United studios Israel \ The-Artery \ BARCO \ NIIO
FEAST by Caitlin Pickall
JW Marriott – Room 305
FEAST is an interactive environment based on a communal dining table. In this multimedia installation, the table serves as projection surface, and a dynamic sound and video program is triggered when people sit at the different seats around the table. Each seat contributes something to the overall effect. Photography, video and archival images related to the cultivation, preparation and consumption of food combine with abstract, computer-generated animations to create a feast for the senses.
FEAST was created by Caitlin Pickall as part of the Laboratory Artist Residency program in Spokane, Washington.
The Future of Secrets by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky, and Rachel Kalmar
Fairmont – Verbena Room
Are secrets uniquely human? Our private lives are mediated and recorded by digital devices. Where are our secrets now? Where will they be in the future, and who—or what—might read them? How will intelligent systems of the future process the data we leave behind? Will they know things about us that we don’t (and never could) know about ourselves?
The Future of Secrets is an interactive installation created by Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky, and Rachel Kalmar from metaLAB at Harvard. It is an immersive experience that includes sound, projection, and interaction; the installation asks participants to anonymously share their secrets as a way to question the trust we place in machines, and ultimately reflect back our own humanness. What does it mean for us to share so much of ourselves through complex systems and digitally distributed networks? The installation inspires delight, surprise, and reflection while evoking questions about uncertain technological futures.
Life Underground by Herve Cohen
JW Marriott – Room 306
Life Underground invites you on a journey through the subways of the world and into the minds of their passengers. Since June 2016, Hervé Cohen has filmed in 14 subways worldwide. Along the way, dozens of passengers confided in him their stories of love, dreams, family, gender, migration, and much more. Life Underground captures the pulse of these vibrant transit environments through deeply personal passenger portrayals, cinematic travel sequences, and an original soundscape composed from the raw sounds of subways. Relying entirely upon chance encounters, Life Underground is a product of empathy and true human engagement. It challenges our notion of public and private space and reminds us that beneath the surface, we’re all connected.
Created by Hervé Cohen with collaborating artist Tonian Irving and music composer Brian Rodvien.
This project is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in The United States.
A Colossal Wave! by Marshmallow Laser Feast
Austin Convention Center – Third Floor Palazzo
Plunge into a sub-aquatic virtual world that reacts to your every action. Sing unique marine “voicefruits” into life. Witness an explosion of colour under VR umbrellas as the giant virtual wave crashes over you. Merging slapstick with immersive technologies, A Colossal Wave! is a mixed reality experience exploring human impact on the natural world. Taking Newton’s third law as its inspiration, A Colossal Wave! serves as a timely reminder that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
A Marshmallow Laser Feast collaboration with Canadian artists Presstube, Dpt., and Headspace Studio. Presented with the support of Arts Council England as part of their Future Art and Culture programme. Originally co-commissioned by the British Council, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, with additional support from the GREAT Britain campaign.
Art Highlights At SXSW
The lineup of SXSW artists joins numerous speakers, sessions, and events across the entirety of SXSW that showcase innovation, diversity, and creativity in visual and media arts. Organizations and participants doing special events to spotlight conceptual and new media art at SXSW include Meow Wolf, Artprize, and the Contemporary Austin.
A History of Art in 8 Hours presented by Meural
Witness the past, present and future of art as time ticks by. This world premiere exhibit, with new work by artist Eric Corriel, maps the evolution of art on a dynamic wall of Meural digital canvases.
UNESCO Media Arts Exhibition
SXSW is pleased to announce the UNESCO Media Arts Exhibition at SXSW, highlighting Austin’s designation as the only UNESCO Media Arts City in the US, in collaboration with the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division. Hosted March 12-13 as the official art program of the Cities Summit at SXSW, the showcase comprises a mini-exhibition of media art installations and a companion panel discussion highlighting the global initiatives of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Creative Cities Network.
The exhibition will feature:
Modeled after Edison’s Kinetoscope, Forgotten Landscapes by James Hughes and Ha Na Lee connects viewers to the last known locations of missing persons via virtual reality.
Gathering, by Lisa Woods, is an interactive installation that invites participants to use their hands as a canvas for storytelling.
Yuliya Lanina’s Herstory, a motion-activated sculpture featuring a miniaturized and distorted replica of the artist.
Luke Savisky’s Passage (Variation) conjures cinematic memory and perceptual illusion via a three dimensional, virtual passageway emanating from multiple vintage 16mm projectors.
Form into Spirit: Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin
Austin, the monumental last work by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923—2015), is a freestanding stone building with luminous colored glass windows that is now part of the Blanton’s permanent collection. The structure has its roots in the artist’s deep appreciation of historical European art and architecture, and this exhibition explores how Austin’s conceptual origins began in the seminal period Kelly spent in France (1948—54), when he immersed himself in the country’s artistic traditions and monuments. Rarely seen early paintings and drawings fuse Judeo-Christian themes with the artist’s own modern aesthetic, making clear Austin’s decades-long germination. This section will also include the first models and designs for the building’s initial conception in the mid-1980s. Four other expansive sections will elucidate Kelly’s rich explorations of Austin’s four main motifs: Spectrum, Black and White, Color Grid, and Totem. These formal concepts were deeply meaningful to him throughout his career, and he created them in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
Austin’s Iconoclastic Art Cars: Lyft House at Native Hostel
The Lyft House seeks to inspire and engage with Austin’s vibrant local creative community. Lyft highlights Austin’s signature iconoclastic style with an exhibition of Art Cars. These wild vehicles are icons of the local eccentric art scene, and amazing expressions of unbridled Texan ingenuity. Cars will be exhibited at Lyft House at Native Hostel, 807 E 4th St, Austin on March 16th & 17th.
Speaker Aralyn Hughes will introduce the art car artists and discuss the local creative community during a SXSW Artist Happy Hour 4-6pm on Saturday, March 17th. Widely known as Austin’s “Queen of Weird,” Aralyn Hughes is an icon of the local creative community. She has been making art cars and representing the spirit of Austin for over 40 years.
The Lyft House Art Community Happy Hour will also feature a live painting event by Austin mural crew Watson Murals.
CONVERGENT VISIONS – Faesthetic #15
The idea for “Convergent Visions” took root in the halls of SXSW in 2017. After a mind-boggling keynote delivered by biochemist Jennifer Doudna, Faesthetic (Art Zine) publisher Dustin Hostetler (aka UPSO) and creative director Karen Ingram bumped into Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of SXSW. This chance meeting sparked a conversation between Karen and Dustin that became a collaborative effort with the SXSW Art Program.
“Convergent Visions” probes various areas in science and technology through an artistic lens. Overarching themes include Design, Health and Wellness, Social Impact and the Intelligent Future become realized through the creativity vibrating and flowing from the minds and fingers of 30 international artists and designers.
With a nod to Donna Haraway’s characterization of the emerging and many-tentacled epoch of the Chthulucene, “Convergent Visions” showcases the visions of these talented creatives.
“Ethics and Responsibility Come not Just with Human Rights but in Tandem with Events and Human Impact.”
Meow Wolf hits light-speed on course to SXSW. The Santa Fe based arts group, famous for their House of Eternal Return, will transport you into a colorful dimension of story and exploration throughout the SXSWeek. Registrants can expect an experience into the magical earthship that is Meow Wolf. Full details of their participation will be announced in unique and creative ways leading up to the event.
The Living Museum
At this year’s SXSW get ready to be taken on an unforgettable experience. New Dutch Wave proudly invites The Notorious Art Collector of Amsterdam to present The Living Museum.
In the museum The Notorious Art Collector takes the lucky ones on a +- 60 minute tour presenting an exhilarating mix of the avant-garde art, music, fashion, technology and performance. In a compelling whirlwind, be ensured of an immersive experience of music and art, a visual delight in which all senses are tingled. An experience created in collaboration with groundbreaking Dutch artists, these innovators of the art scene make multidisciplinary cross-overs and give a new meaning to the word museum.
Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death
February 1 – August 26, 2018
The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue
Tues through Sat 11 am-7 pm Sun 12-5 pm
The inaugural exhibition of The Contemporary Austin’s Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, Against a Civic Death features newly commissioned, recent, and site-specific work by Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian, exploring themes of class, gender, race, social history, and culture. Bifurcated into the colors and themes of whiteness on the first floor and blackness on the second floor—white supremacism and black progressive politics —the exhibition includes paintings, sculptural installations, video, and sound-based pieces that further the artist’s ongoing social critique of American histories and injustices.
Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles
Through December 2018
The Contemporary Austin – Museum Without Walls Waller Delta, 74 Trinity Street
Always on view
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is considered one of the most important and influential artists working today and one of the leading cultural figures of his generation. Drawing on current global politics, Chinese culture, human rights, and more, Ai pushes the definition of art into new realms, consistently placing himself at risk to effect social change through work that is permeated by social conscience, humor, and compassion.
As part of The Contemporary Austin’s Museum Without Walls program and in partnership with the Waller Creek Conservancy, Ai Weiwei’s large-scale sculpture Forever Bicycles can be seen on a lawn at the Waller Delta, along a downtown stretch of Austin’s popular hike and bike trail. Incorporating more than 1,200 bicycles assembled into a gorgeous, dizzying sculpture, Forever Bicycles takes as its subject the Forever brand bicycle, once ubiquitous on the streets of Beijing. A means of both transportation and social mobility and a coveted luxury item when the artist was growing up in China, in contemporary times the Forever bicycle has given way to aspirations of car ownership.
15K ArtPrize Artist Challenge
Come hear five artists from around the country pitch their ideas for ambitious art installations they hope to create at ArtPrize 10 on Calder Plaza, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each artist will present for five minutes, using up to five slides to describe their proposal to a live audience and a panel of five judges. One artist receives a $15,000 grant to install the project at ArtPrize 10, slated to take place from September 19 to October 7, 2018. At ArtPrize, the project will compete for $500,000 in prizes determined by jury and public vote.
Location: Michigan House
700 Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
Date and Time: March 12, 2018 | 5 p.m.
SXSW Art Session Highlights
AI Creativity in Art, Neuroscience, and the Law
Beyond Bars: Art and Incarceration
Breaking the 4th Wall: Drone Swarms in Art
Decrypting the Universe: Science and Art at CERN
Immerse Yourself: AR & VR in Museum and the Arts
LET’S GET REAL: Practical Uses of Art & Science
Life Underground: Meet Subway Riders of the World
Radical Public Space: A New Design Approach
Why Machine Learning is the Next Frontier for Art
Place by Design: Art, Tech & Interaction