SXSW 2020
SXSW 2020

9 immersive and interactive art exhibits to see during SXSW 2020

9 immersive and interactive art exhibits to see during SXSW 2020

The Fair Grounds: Bumper Car Ballet
Bumper Car Ballet speaks to the social implications of the emerging technology allowing guests to experience a computer takeover first-hand.  Photo courtesy of DROPSTUFF MEDIA

Coronavirus fears aside, SXSW 2020 is sure to be one for the books. This year, The Lego Group (yes, the childhood toy company) is sponsoring the fourth annual SXSW Art Program, which showcases experiential and conceptual visual art using emerging technologies. 

The artwork featured during SXSW Art Program uses tech like immersive storytelling, AI, and augmented reality and covers topics ranging from local gentrification to plant DNA to aliens. A note before you go, as companies and creators continue to drop out of SXSW due to health concerns, make sure to confirm before heading out to one of these nine shows.

50 Moments — JW Marriott Room 305
March 13, 9:30 am-6 pm

Five interactive screens display a series of 50 short clips from some of New York City’s homeless people recorded during a three-year period from 2015-2018. 50 Moments gives a platform to a portion of the population to whom we rarely pay attention.
Artists: Celine Held, Logan George, Engineers: Rebecca Skurnik, Azalea Vaseghi

The Future is A Constant Wake  — JW Marriott Room 404
March 13, 9:30 am-6 pm

Sculpture, video, and dance are at the center of The Future is A Constant Wake, an exhibit exploring land as a tool to access knowledge from the past and future. Artist Ariel René Jackson uses actual soil to reflect on subjects such as slavery and colonialism. Featuring choreography by Michael J. Love. 
Artists: Ariel René Jackson, Michael J. Love.

Grow Your Own Cloud - The Data Garden — JW Marriott Room 306
March 13, 9:30 am-6 pm

For some, the idea of "the cloud" is a hard concept to grasp. Grow Your Own Cloud - The Data Garden makes envisioning data that much easier — and way more enjoyable. The artists have crafted a "data garden" where attendees can walk through, experiment with decoding messages, and learn all about the very real state-of-the-art technology that is DNA data science.
Artists: Cyrus Clarke, Monika Seyfried, Jeff Nivala

Legacy — Brush Square Park
March 13, 9:30 am-6 pm

According to U.S. News and World Report, Austin is the best place to live in the country. While that is something that we may all agree upon, it comes with its ups and downs. Artist Nancy Baker Cahill tackles the Austin of today, including gentrification and climate change, through a 360-degree animated augmented reality drawing using colors inspired by local nature, plus man-made “unnatural” elements.
Artist: Nancy Baker Cahill

Man and Woman Munch Museum at House of Scandinavia — House of Scandinavia
March 13, 10 am-5 pm

Forget traveling to London, New York, or Oslo to see Edvard Munch's work. This year, SXSW hosts a Munch masterpiece: Man and Woman. The House of Scandinavia, located at 74 Trinity St., will allow visitors to see the piece and learn more about the renowned artist, who died in 1944.
Artist: Edvard Munch 

Secret Garden  JW Marriott Griffin Hall
March 16, 11 am-6 pm

Unlike the childhood tale, this "Secret Garden" is an immersive, storytelling installation. Artist Stephani Dinkins uses autobiographic, ancestral, and futuristic experiences of black female consciousness throughout history to create a cohesive narrative. The work was created during a year-long residency sponsored by Nokia Bell Lab’s Experiences in Art and Technology, Scatter, and the famed New Museum's NEW Inc. programs.
Artist: Stephanie Dinkins, Presented by NEW INC, Nokia Bell Labs

Terminus — JW Marriott Room 303-304
March 18, 9:30 am - 6 pm

Perhaps the oddest pick of the bunch, Terminus takes visitors on a choose-your-own-adventure extraterrestrial journey with alien architecture, cryptic symbols, and illustrations. Travel through time and space as you uncover multiple realities.
Artists: Jess Johnson, Simon Ward, Soundtracks by Andrew Clarke

The Fair Grounds: Bumper Car Ballet — Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 4
March 19, 11 am-5 pm

Many of us have thought about how awesome self-driving cars would be. Less stress, less traffic, and potentially fewer accidents ... but what if it all went wrong? This playful exhibit, a fun spin on the popular fair ride, Bumper Car Ballet speaks to the social implications of the emerging technology allowing guests to experience a computer takeover first-hand. 

Spectre — JW Marriott Third Floor Prefunction
March 20, 9:30 am-6 pm

This provocative installation uses "secret technologies used by surveillance capitalists to influence our decisions online and in the voting booth" to create thought-provoking artwork. As the U.S. prepares for the upcoming 2020 election, Spectre is can't-miss meditation on moral implications of surveillance capitalism. But the artists warn that the price of admission is your privacy.
Artists: Bill Posters, Daniel Howe