Athens, GA, home to R.E.M., the B52's and a vibrant music history, is making history again. ATHENS SLINGSHOT, the new showcase for innovative music, art and technology in the Southeast, is taking over downtown Athens on March 9th, 2013. Spread over three city blocks, SLINGSHOT will feature local, national and international acts on stage, with boundary-pushing artwork throughout the urban
environment, and tech talks during the day with leading thinkers in arts technology.
The daylong event kicks off with “Tech Shots”, a short series of panel discussions focused on interactive media and the role of technology in art. Leading voices in digital media from Georgia Tech, The University of Georgia, NYU and the University of Denver, among others, will be participating.
From midday on, the festival will feature works by more than 45 artists from 20 countries at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown. The art dimension of Slingshot is focused on new genres such as interactive art, video and sound art, electroacoustic music, site-specific works (locative media), performance and film. Irish media artist Conor MgCarrigle (2011 Venice Biennale) is creating a new iPhone-based “locative art experience” specifically for Athens and well-known filmmaker Vincent Moon will also be showing recent works from his series “Petites Planetes”.
The evening's music line up features an eclectic mix of new music composers and national and local acts. National acts including Japan's The Suzan, Atlanta-based DJ MK Ultra and Baby Baby along with local favorites Harouki Zombi, Reptar side projects Thick Paint and Co Co Ri Co, DJ Feral Youth, and more will be taking the stage. A host of music venues on the west side of downtown including the venerable 40 Watt Club and Athens' newest venue, The World Famous, will be hosting bands.
For more information about Athens Slingshot, please visit the CVB website!