SXSW Announces Its 2020 Art Program

And you'll need a $1400 badge if you want to see any of the installations and pop-up exhibitions


SXSW announced its art program for 2020 recently.

Among the nine international projects selected is “The Future is A Constant Wake,” a six-minute video that’s collaboration between two Austin artists: multi-media visual artist Ariel René Jackson and dancer/choreographer Michael J. Love.

Jackson and Love have been collaborating for a couple of years, creating intriguing performances such as  “All I See Is Blue,” which activated Jackson’s sculptural installation, a fabricated U.S. flag dyed in blue, to translate Langston Hughes’ 1935 poem “Let America Be America Again.”

“The Future is A Constant Wake” explores the land and its dirt as the bearer of the vestiges of slavery and colonialism and also the site where recovery, restoration, and growth can happen. Earlier this month Jackson and Love presented “Carver’s Message in Blue” in the empty and disused community pool behind the George Washington Carver Museum, a site recently activated for pop-up performances.


Not all of the SXSW art projects are as original and thoughtful as “A Constant Wake.” And sorry, only badge-holders will be able to experience any of them with badges now costing $1400 with the fest is a few weeks away.

The Dutch new media art collective DROPSTUFF MEDIA will bring its “Bumper Ballet,” four self-driving bumper cars “colored in the template of ‘De Stijl’, the famous Dutch modernist art movement of Piet Mondriaan and Gerrit Rietveld,” the promotional material says.

And the House of Scandinavia, a promotional consortium for tech intiatives, is exhibiting one single painting by Edvard Munch, “Mann og kvinne (Man and Woman)” (1898). And in 10-minute pop-up presentations, organizers everything you want to know about it.

Edvard Munch, "Mann og kvinne (Man and Woman)" (1898)
Edvard Munch, “Mann og kvinne (Man and Woman)” (1898)

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is an arts and culture journalist who has covered visual art, performance, film, literature, architecture, and just about any combination thereof. She was the staff arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman for 17 years. Her commendations include the First Place Arts & Culture Criticism Award from the Society for Features Journalism. Additionally, Jeanne Claire has been awarded professional fellowships at USC’s Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute. In 2022, she was awarded the Rabkin Prize in visual art journalism. Jeanne Claire founded and led Sightlines, a non-profit online arts and culture magazine that reached an annual readership of 600,000. And for two years, she taught arts journalism at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architecture magazine, Dwell, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Art Papers, and ICON design magazine, among other publications.

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