SXSW Eco Art Installations at SXSW

Written by Julie Yost | February 6, 2014
SXSW Eco Light Garden at SXSW 2013 - Photo by Aaron Rogosin

Art is a powerful messenger and an important part of SXSW Eco. Last October we hosted renowned artists Shepard Fairey and Mary Miss for discussions on how their art has explored difficult topics such as climate change and pollution. We led field trips and guided tours of art in Austin, and our Place by Design competition bridged the gap between art and urban design through focusing on placemaking initiatives. For March we are continuing this trend by bringing an exciting and talented group of artists to SXSW to showcase their work. Stay tuned for exciting developments on the art and artists listed below.

  • CATALIN by Charles Long: Open to all badges for the duration of SXSW, this exhibition is "a cacophony of sensory stimulation haunted by an ethos of impending doom." Film and Interactive badgeholders are invited to join us at the Contemporary on Friday, March 7 for a discussion with Timothy Morton, the ecological philosopher who inspired Long's work.

  • Max Zorn: Amsterdam-based artist Max Zorn creates haunting, sharp, and cinematic portraits using only packing tape and a knife. See him live at the SXSW Eco launch party on Saturday March 8, open to all Film and Interactive badgeholders.

  • The SXSW Eco Light Garden at Republic Square Park: Last year's light garden wowed SXSW attendees with interactive, illuminated installations from Jen Lewin and Houndstooth Studios. This year swing by the park one evening between Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, March 15 to see new installations that play with light, sound and geometry. The Light Garden is free and open to the public.

  • The Luminescent Grand is the world's first ever interactive LED grand piano. The piece came as an inspiration to creator William Jerome, when he connected with computer programmer Zach Vorhies and fabricator Bill Cornelius. Using Arduino software, Neon Total Control lighting, and an all-acrylic digital grand piano, this radiant creation is a spectacular experience for the public to interact with. Originally constructed for Burning Man, The Luminescent Grand has since gone through several iterations of programming and lighting design to showcase at SXSW. Please come enjoy this experience during the week at Republic Square Park!

  • The Light Field is a floating pixel forest made from one hundred wirelessly controlled LED balloons. The installation is inspired by swimming with bioluminescence. Visitors are invited to pass through a grove of balloons, manipulating the color and speed of the Light Field, and transforming the visual landscape. Leah Siegel of Leisure Cruise will guest perform live sets of music on the balloons. Artist: Jon Morris

Buy your badge today to join us in March and experience all that SXSW Music, Film and Interactive have to offer.

SXSW Eco Light Garden at SXSW 2013 - Photo by Aaron Rogosin