After two long years of waiting, SXSW 2022 is kicking off with a bang starting today with hundreds of film, music, interactive and tech experiences flocking to the city.
Austonia's agenda for opening day is packed with a chat about the future of DAOs from Blockchain Creative Labs, a gallery of street artist Banksy's most famous works, a jam session from England-born but Austin-based artist Jade Bird, a showcase of Texas short films and a talk from Austin podcaster Brené Brown.
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10 a.m. Blockchain Creative Labs | 5th and Trinity Streets
Showcasing NFTs, Blockchain usage and the dynamic future of DAOs, Blockchain Creative Labs' Event is a colorful, high-tech wonderland for Web3 enthusiasts. BCL, FOX Entertainment's NFT studio, is hosting NFTs created by Dolly Parton, including a concert on March 18. Like-minded individuals have gathered to chat about blockchain and explanations on DAOs, or decentralized autonomous organizations that pool together capital and go on to make investments or take on blockchain-based projects.
During a Q&A with Potion DAO member Vanilla Delphia, Collab.Land CEO James Young and community builder Delleon McGlone, the trio discussed how they believe DAOs are the future of the workplace.
McGlone gave a few tips to anyone looking to join a DAO:
- Be crypto-curious
- There are no dumb questions, so fire away! Young compared the rise of DAOs to the rise of online shopping in 1998---no one knew it would take off until it did—-because crypto is still a very new invention.
- Do your research
- Not all DAOs are created equal. Do your research and join one that you can happily contribute to, that you believe in and that you are eager to work in.
- Leverage your hardest-working self
- It might take a while to get your foot in the door because it may not be a fit and some DAOs are too small to answer the call. Reach out often, don't be nervous. When you join a DAO, you become a part-owner, so you have to want to contribute.
11 a.m. Banksy Experience (Unauthorized) | Atmosphere TV, 416 Congress Ave.
Open through March 19, Atmosphere's HQ is hosting an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Banksy's tongue-in-cheek, screen-printed world. With over a dozen authenticated and limited pieces, like the original Girl with Balloon Purple and what is believed to be one of the first painted garage doors from the famously anonymous artist.
As part of the installation, badge holders can view the Banksy VR experience, which takes the viewer through multiple city-scapes that the artist has made his mark on.
You'll want to explore this exhibit thoroughly! There are little Easter Eggs throughout the building, like this rat hanging from a stair rail.
12:45 p.m. Jade Bird opens up for Alexis McGill Johnson and Busy Philipps Keynote
Though Jade Bird only played four songs, her short set was mighty. The new Austin resident was alone on stage with her acoustic guitar, telling the crowd she fell in love with the city after attending SXSW, before beginning with one of her older songs, "Uh Huh."
Bird debuted a never-before-released tune at the festival, "Save Your Tears," before dedicating the song "Candidate" to Planned Parenthood in honor of CEO Alexis McGill Johnson's upcoming keynote, which she said was close to her heart. Bird closed out the set with the power-vocals song, "I Get No Joy."
7 p.m. A Conversation with Brené Brown, with acclaimed writers Priya Parker and Anand Giridharadas
The use of cell phones or cameras was not permitted at the start of the event. (Laura Figi/Austonia)
Alongside the premiere of her new HBO Max show, "Atlas of the Heart," #1 New York Times bestselling author star Dr. Brené Brown sat down with authors Priya Parker and Anand Giridharadas to speak to SXSW attendees about identifying feelings, the complexity of emotions and checking in with yourself.
In her book, which shares the same name as the show, Brown breaks down the difference between similar-seeming concepts like belonging and fitting in. According to Brown, when you belong, you are accepted for who you are. When you fit in, you are accepted for behaving like those around you.
- Near enemies vs. far enemies: A Buddhist concept for important emotions like connection or compassion, the far enemy is the complete opposite, while the near enemy masquerades as the true virtue we are seeking.
- Ex. The far enemy of compassion is cruelty, while the near enemy of compassion is pity.
- Far enemies are much more obvious than near enemies, which Brown says cause separation.
- Awkwardness often opens a door for connection—humans tend to be so averse to awkward situations because they "wrongly" believe it is a threat to belonging. Brown says it's the opposite—awkwardness creates a shared moment where there is no shared code, which can open up a tense moment.
- Ask yourself a couple questions and use a specific example if you can:
- What does it look like when you try to control vs. protect vs. respect those around you?
- What's something you do that's very difficult but worth it in the end?
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.