Art at SXSW

The Pool by Jen Lewin. Photo by Aaron Rogosin.

South By Southwest celebrates the power of art. As part of our mission to showcase rising talent and established artists, SXSW will host several installations around Austin. These projects may be ephemeral and fleeting or permanent installations for the city of Austin to enjoy for years to come. Check back for more information on this year's art happenings.


March 15-18
Trade Show | Austin Convention Center

Cryptoart is fine art that safely stores digital currency like Bitcoin, while nourishing a broader conversation on digital money. Stop by the Trade Show on Sunday March 15th to Wednesday March 18th for a limited number of free samples loaded with Bitcoin!

Hello Lamp Post: Austin

March 17
Brush Square Museum

Hello Lamp Post: Austin

Hello Lamp Post: Austin is a city-wide platform for play that lets you talk to the city's infrastructure, lamp posts, bus stops and more to share your stories using the text messaging function of your mobile phone. The project combines art and technology to change the way we interact with the urban landscape to create playful experiences for the entire city. Learn more about Hello Lamp Post on Tuesday, 3/17 in Brush Square Museum from 1-4pm.

Commissioned by the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program
Produced by Art Alliance Austin and Created by PAN Studio
Originally developed for Watershed's Playable City Award 2013

The Original Artwork Of Norman Collins

March 19-21
908 E 5th St. #106

The Original Artwork Of Norman Collins

The Godfather of the American Tattoo, Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins built his reputation in a small shop in the Hotel St. district of WWII-era Honolulu, where a density of bars, brothels and tattoo parlors enabled sailors and GI's on shore leave to get 'stewed, screwed and tattooed' in just a few hours. Collins built an unprecedented body of work – some it beautiful, some of it lewd, much of it both. Comprised of a large variety original flash, art and sketches, this SXSW debut is the first time the collection will be seen in the U.S. View this collection Thursday 3/19 - Saturday 3/21 from 12pm-6pm at 908 E 5th St. #106.

SXSW Eco Light Garden

March 15-21
Republic Square Park

Photo courtesy Houndstooth

Join SXSW Eco at Republic Square Park from Sunday, 3/15 - Saturday, 3/21 to celebrate the intersection between innovative lighting technology and interactive public art. This annual project provides a peaceful escape from the crowd and offers a chance to interact with the latest efficient LED technologies. This year, explore projects from Aerosol Warfare Studios, Barco, Crash Alchemy, Charles Gadeken, Gavvot Productions, Houndstooth, Ink Tank Art Collective, Lumenpulse, and Praxis Creatives.

SXSW's Impossible Wall Project

In collaboration with POW! WOW! and SprATX

Sketch credit: Truth

SXSW has partnered with POW! WOW! Hawaii and SprATX to bring in international and local artists to create several mural installations during SXSW. The project brings together local artists and international artists to transform ordinary walls throughout the downtown area into large public works of art for the Austin community. This year local artists Mouf, Truth, Lucas Aoki, Ana Maria will be featured alongside international artists Rone, Yoskay Yamamoto, Tatiana Suarez, and Meggs.


March 15-18
Trade Show Bar | Austin Convention Center


#theSELFIE is an interactive art collection presented by COOL Creative, Inc., that allows you to see “the self behind the selfie”. The concept emphasizes how the digital world has become just as real as the real world.

Stop by the Trade Show Bar on Sunday March 15th to Wednesday March 18th to check out #theSELFIE Gallery!

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective March 18–20, 1–5pm
The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue

The SXSW Music Festival partners with The Contemporary Austin in the heart of downtown Austin, merging the exhibitionTom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015 with performances by a number of hip-hop and electronic DJs selected by SXSW Music and artist Tom Sachs. Each DJ will play an hour-long set, controlling the sound from a central art installation that serves as a working DJ booth and broadcasting it via Sachs's multimedia, boombox-inspired sculptures throughout the museum. Visit or schedule.sxsw.comfor more info.

Join us for SXSW Art Discussions

Natural User Interface Design for Engaging Art and Performance

What Does An Art and Design Incubator Look Like?

The Use of New Media in Contemporary Art

A Peek Inside the World of Collecting Art Online

3D Print the Smithsonian

Bioart: Melding Biotech and Art

Lights, Camera, Action: MAKER LABS Live in Austin

Museums Today: More than Social Media Posts

SmART Campaigns: Art and Music Driving Social Change

Mediated Experiences: Technology and Art Today

Design Light Effects for Large Scale Immersive Art

Blurring the Line Between Performance and Participation with Interactive Tech

Creating Interactive Comic Books for Social Change

Dr. Brainlove: Interactive Neuroscience Vehicle

Don't forget to check out the SXSW Film Poster Art Gallery in the Austin Convention Center, outside Exhibit Hall 2!

Check out previous art installations:

Top Photo - The Pool by Jen Lewin. Photo by Aaron Rogosin.