Open Call: SXSW Art program

Weaving, 2019 Exhibition. Photo credit Caleb Pickens

South by Southwest (SXSW), is one of the biggest annual confluences of artists in the world celebrating all things film, music, and interactive media. Established in 1987, SXSW has expanded over the years to include a wide range of industries, aiming to bring together creatives from various fields and showcase the work of industry professionals, as well as emerging artists. SXSW consists of Film, Music, and Interactive Media Festivals, as well as the Conference, and features a number of sessions, showcases, screenings, and exhibitions, attracting people from all over the globe who share a passion for creativity, experimentation, and discovery, and creates opportunities for networking and collaboration. 

SXSW has commenced its 2020 season on the 1st of July with the opening of the Film and Music Festival submissions. In addition to those, this year SXSW is broadening its reach to include even more disciplines by opening up applications for digital art projects for the ​Interactive Innovation Awards, innovative startups for the SXSW Pitch, powerful and imaginative essays and short stories for the ​David Carr Prize, abstract visual artwork that employs new technologies for the ​Art Program, and nominations for the ​SXSW Community Service Awards

This season also introduces the PanelPicker, an online platform that gives the SXSW community a lot more freedom in designing the SXSW Conference by making it easy to make proposals for topics, sessions and activities that make up the Conference and streamlining the voting process. The Conference consists of 20 programming tracks each made up of sessions that concentrate on a particular area from the track’s extensive topic. The tracks for the 2020 season feature issues of climate change and social mobility, sports, the tech industry, politics and the future of film, music and gaming industries, to name a few. 

SXSW 2020 will be held March 13th to 22nd in Austin, Texas, USA. 

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)

(Picture courtesy of SXSW)

30 Jul 2019