2015 Slingshot Festival

2015 Slingshot Festival
March 26-28
Downtown Athens


SLINGSHOT, the music, electronic art, tech, film and comedy festival takes over downtown Athens, Georgia March 26-28, 2015. Spread over 5 city blocks and dozens of venues, SLINGSHOT spotlights international, national, and local acts on stage, boundary pushing artworks throughout the urban environment, and tech talks with leading innovators. SLINGSHOT also hosts a dedicated comedy night and film screenings.

This year over 60 acts include a range of electronic, pop and rock acts such as: a DJ set by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Jamie XX, Nosaj Thing, Reptar, Omar Souleyman, Glenn Kotche of Wilco, Japan Nite! (5 acts from Japan) and many many more. This year’s free tech conference is on the sonification and visualzation of Big Data and features many leaders in the field from across the nation. www.slingshotathens.com/line-up/tech/

More info, three day passes, single day passes and single tickets are available at www.slingshotathens.com The festival offers a special discounted price to UGA students of $60 for a three day pass. Email tickets@slingshotathens.com for more info.

Sensory Overload Tech Conference


Sensory Overload Tech Conference
Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27
UGA Special Collections Library

Free and open to the public


Technologists, designers, researchers, engineers, sonification experts, and visualization masters all convene at the Slingshot Festival to demonstrate the expressions and understanding of Big Data + Data Perceptualization.


8:30 AM
Visualization Video Program

9 AM
Thomas E. Potok, Founder and Leader, Computational Data Analytics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Swimming in Big Data

10 AM
Samantha Joye, Director, ECOGIG; Professor of Marine Sciences, UGA
Assessing the ecosystem impacts of a deepwater blowout: collecting, interpreting and evaluating ecosystem-scale datasets to assess large scale environmental perturbations

11 AM
Panel: Real Big Data Applications in IT, moderated by Nikhil Srinivasan, Department of Management Information Systems, UGA

Gunnar Berger, CTO Desktops & Apps, Citrix
Micah Freedman, Director of UX, Integral Ad Science
Advertising in the Age of Big Data
Jeff Small, Technology Director, Atlanta, HUGE, Inc.
The Internet of Things – The Data Ramifications Of Everything Talking To Everything

1:30 PM
Bruce Walker, Director, Sonification Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
Method and Meaning: Useful and Usable Sonification and Auditory Display

2:30 PM
Valery Vermeulen, Visiting Professor, Erasmushogschool Brussel
Interactive sound design and synthesis as an innovative tool for music composition and performance

2:40 PM
Live Data Sonification Performance
Mikromedas: Resynthesizing space and deep space in musical context


9 AM
Designer’s Forum: Data Visualization

Brad Tober, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, University of Illinois
Algorithmic/Data Aesthetics
Annelie Berner, data artist and technologist, New Inc.(an art, tech & design incubator)
The New Museum
Looking at Data through One Lens
Zane Cochran, Interaction Designer, Founder, HackBerry Lab, Berry College;
PhD Candidate, Georgia Tech Interactive Media Technology Center
Pixi – Interactive Fashion & Interface
Kyle McDonald, Interactive Telecomunications Program (ITP),
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

10:30 AM
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director, AlloSphere Research Facility, University of California, Santa Barbara
Composing in N-Dimensions: Using the Creative Process as a Computational Framework for Unfolding Complex Systems

11:30 AM
Sensory Overload Data Perceptualization Competition
Presentation of Finalists and Awards

Rapid Prototyping with Emerging Technologies


Rapid Prototyping with Emerging Technologies
Tuesday, March 24 from 5-8 PM
Maker Space, Science Library room 202


At the Makerspace open house, students from all disciplines can learn how to create engaging products and experiences with the latest technology including laser cutters, digital scanners, 3D printers and more! Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

ICE-Vision: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (3/26)


ICE-Vision: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Miyazaki, 1979)
Thursday, March 26 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150


When master thief Lupin III (Yasuo Yamada) discovers that the money he robbed from a casino is counterfeit, he goes to Cagliostro, rumored to be the source of the forgery. There he discovers a beautiful princess, Clarisse (Sumi Shimamoto), who is being forced to marry the count so he can find the legendary treasure of Cagliostro. In order to rescue Clarisse and foil the count, Lupin teams up with his regular adversary, Inspector Zenigata, as well as fellow thief Fujiko Mine.

Glengarry Glen Ross


Glengarry Glen Ross
Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 18 at 7 PM
Fine Arts Building Arena Theatre

Tickets: $5

It’s Not a World of Men Anymore.

Glengarry Glen Ross is a powerhouse show that depicts the cutthroat world of real estate, shown through the lens of powerfully written characters. In this Thalian Blackfriars production, every single character is played by a woman, breaking down gender stereotypes and kicking some ass in the process. Written by David Mamet and directed by Tano E. Toussaint. Sponsored in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Second Annual Local Arts & Culture Business Summit


Second Annual Local Arts & Culture Business Summit
Monday, March 23 from 12:30 – 2 PM
Special Collections Library Room 285
300 South Hull Street, The University of Georgia

A public forum for local arts and culture business owners to share experiences, best practices, and advocate for the best ways to support local arts entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts as part of UGA Thinc. Week.

Featured Participants:

Airee Edwards

Agora Vintage is a locally-owned vintage store located in historic downtown Athens. The owner Airee Edwards designed the boutique in 2013 as a place to showcase her vintage collection. Airee is well-known for founding the original Agora in Athens. Agora Vintage specializes in vintage designer purses, clothing, jewelry, and locally-made art. Agora Vintage has been featured in Lucky Magazine, Southern Living, GQ and Garden and Gun.

Kit Hughes

Kit Hughes is the co-founder of Look-Listen, a full-service digital agency working in Digital Marketing, Digital Advertising, Digital Media, and eCommerce for a spectrum of clients from global corporations to visionary entrepreneurs.

Josh and Alex Brown



The Broad Collective is an Athens-based web journal that seeks to tell the stories of the artists, makers, craftsman and shop owners that make our city so great. The Broad Collective will be opening Broad 9A next month, which will serve as a hub for small businesses and creatives by day and a community space full of events by night and weekend.

Kristen Ashley MacCarthy

The KA Artist Shop is downtown Athens’ newest all-around art space – featuring a gallery, art supply shop, design and photo services, and handmade gifts.

David Barbe

David Barbe has worked on hundreds of recording projects as engineer, producer, musician and writer. Since opening Chase Park Transduction in 1997, David has worked with a wide variety of artists including the Glands, Drive By Truckers, Jerry Joseph, Amy Ray, Bob Mould, REM, and many others. Over the past few years, projects have included Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest,” Patterson Hood “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” Dennis Ellsworth “Dusk Dreams,” Drive-By Truckers “Go-Go Boots,” New Madrid “Yard Boat,” and Dead Confederate “In The Marrow” to name a few. Barbe is also the Director of the UGA Music Business Program.

Kali DeWald

Kali DeWald joined UGA’s Career Center staff in December of 2013, and currently works with undecided/undeclared students as well as students with majors in the Fine and Performing Arts. She currently serves as a member of the Career Center’s Diversity Committee, as a liaison with the LGBT Resource Center and Disability Resource Center. Moreover, she serves on the board of the Georgia Career Development Association.

Deborah Gonzalez

Deborah Gonzalez is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on art, music, entertainment, digital, and social and online law. Her clients include museums, galleries, artists and art professionals, animators, filmmakers, musicians and music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.

Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire

Double Dutch Press is a fine art printmaking studio founded in 2012 by Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire. In addition to designing and producing handprinted art and goods, the studio offers Workshops, Press Rental, and Screen Services. DDP’s facilities accommodate relief, etching, and fine art screenprinting.

Kristen Bach

Treehouse Kid & Craft is a kids shop and DIY center, offering a range of well-designed and responsibly made products for babies, kids, families, and crafters of all ages.

Sanni Baumgartner

In 2010 Sanni Baumgartner opened Community, a boutique centered around the concept of sustainability without the sacrifice of style.

Michael Lachowski


Michael Lachowski is an artist working in photography and drawing who has recently shown in two exhibitions at Lamar Dodd School of Art and the Lyndon House Arts Center 40th annual juried exhibition. He is the public relations coordinator for the Georgia Museum of Art, a member of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and the founder of Third Thursday, Museum Mix and Athens Art Crowd. His prior experience includes: bassist in the band Pylon, publisher of Young, Foxy & Free and owner of Candy.

Julie Phillips


Julie Phillips is a founding member of Canopy Studio, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to enriching the culture of the Athens community and the lives of individuals through flying dance trapeze, movement education, and performance arts.

Serra Ferguson


Indie South Fair is a curated open-air market that brings together artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere that includes music, artisanal food and drink, kids craft activities, and fun times!

ICE-Vision: Tokyo Story (3/5)


ICE-Vision: Tokyo Story (Ozu,1953)
Thursday, March 5 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150


The elderly Shukishi (Chishu Ryu) and his wife, Tomi (Chieko Higashiyama), take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi (So Yamamura), a doctor, and their daughter, Shige (Haruko Sugimura), a hairdresser, don’t have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko (Setsuko Hara), the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.