SLINGSHOT Festival of Music, Electronic Arts and Technology
SLINGSHOT features 50 artists from 20 countries working in sound, video, installation, and other new media. It brings in top music acts, such as Kishi Bashi, Tinariwen, and Washed Out. Also included are “TechSHOTS,” which are presentations by leading figures in electronic arts and technology. Featured artists include Tristan Perich, Quayola, and Dodd chair Kota Ezawa, plus dozens more international, national and local artists throughout downtown Athens. Art will be on view at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Georgia Museum of Art starting 3/20, and downtown 3/21-3/22.
Festival passes allow entry to all music, art and tech events for $20-25. Free events include TechSHOTS at the Morton Theatre, outdoor art exhibitions downtown, and the Kick-off Art Party at the Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Georgia Museum, Thursday 3/20, 7-9 PM.
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SLINGSHOT features a “Machine Drawing” by Tristan Perich along with performances of his “1-bit compositions” by Sonic Generator. Quayola shows his breathtaking “Strata #4,” a glitched 3D rendering of Flemish masterworks, and Kota Ezawa exhibits two new animations based on found material from pop culture, “Onement Two” (at the Lamar Dodd School of Art) and “Paint Unpaint” (outdoors in downtown Athens).
MUSIC ON STAGE
TINARIWEN, Georgia Theatre, Wednesday, 3/19
AFTER PARTY, Creature Comforts with DJ Set by Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), free beer by Dos Equis
Japan Nite! 5 bands from Japan headlined by Peelander Z, New Earth Music Hall, Friday
KISHI BASHI, Georgia Theatre, Saturday
WASHED OUT, Green Room, Saturday
LERA LYNN, Morton Theatre, Saturday
Dozens more indy, experimental and electronic music acts from around the world
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ART
Art Kickoff Party: Thursday 3/20, 7-9pm, Georgia Museum of Art and Lamar Dodd school of Art, with music, refreshments, and exhibition openings of Ezawa, Perich and Quayola.
Creature Comforts Brewery, 297 W Hancock – multiple artists, indoor and outdoor galleries
Cine, 234 W. Hancock – multiple artists
Morton Theatre lobby, 199 W. Washington – Vin Hill
Ted’s Most Best, outside, 254 W. Washington – James Dooley
ATHICA, 160 Tracy St- Vespucci (opens Friday)
VIDEO AND SOUND ART
Visual Music – audiovisual compositions – Friday at Cine
Acousma – electroacoustic music in 8 channel 3D surround – Friday at Cine
Anima – program of works with animation and music – Friday at Cine
Soundscapes – multi-channel soundscapes – Saturday at Cine
Experimental Films – short experimental films – Friday at the Morton Theatre
Sonic Generator plays Tristan Perich – music for instruments and electronics by Tristan Perich, Joao Pedro Oliveira and Eric Marty – Saturday at the Morton Theatre
Butch Rovan + A. Bill Miller – interactive audiovisual performances (Saturday at the Morton Theatre)
Droneclone + Brett Gordon – audiovisual works by Droneclone and Brett Gordon (Saturday at Cine)
The Tech dimension of SLINGSHOT features tech talks with leading figures in arts technology presenting on stage at the Morton Theatre, plus demonstrations and a hackathon. TED talker Onyx Ashanti headlines the tech talks, and performs Saturday.
with Doug Benson and Jonah Ray – Saturday at the Morton Theatre
SLINGSHOT is produced in partnership with the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, UGA College of Engineering and the Athens Music Project, with backing from Mailchimp, Dos Equis and Urban Outfitters. Early-bird festival passes are still available allowing entry to all music, art and tech events for $25. Free events include TechSHOTS at the Morton Theatre, outdoor art exhibitions downtown, and the Kick-off Art Party. Full details online at http://www.slingshotathens.com