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The SXSW Art Program debuted at SXSW 2017, and over the years has exhibited twenty-seven installations from over twelve different countries. The program has grown from exhibiting only four installations it’s debut year to exhibiting nine installations at SXSW 2020 prior to the cancellation of the conference and festival. Some of the notable artists include: Refick Anadol, NeuroSpeculative Afro Feminism, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Cocolabs, Lisa Park (in collaboration with New Inc), Naho Matsuda, Stephanie Dinkins (in collaboration with New Inc) Nancy Baker Cahill, Bill Poster, and Jess Simon.
The SXSW Art Program showcases experiential and conceptual visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, discussion, and connection. Incorporated into the broader ecosystem of creativity and innovation at SXSW, the art program serves as a launching point for collaborations and discussions around the role of visual and digital media arts in culture, technology, and the public realm.
This program will showcase work in medium or concept that is at the intersection of art and technology, or creates an experience, whether through immersion or social engagement. Official selections of the program will be chosen by the SXSW Art Program Advisory Board and SXSW Art Team on the basis of their ability to enhance the conversation and landscape of the SXSW Conference and Festivals and bring meaningful inspiration, joy, discovery, and discussion to the attendees. We strive to showcase work from both emerging and established artists whose vision reflects the values of SXSW, including creativity, culture, storytelling, innovation, and social engagement.