SXSW 2022 Live Blog Day 1: The Future of DAOs, Banksy in Austin, Shorts in Texas


After two long years of waiting, SXSW 2022 kicks off with a bang starting today with hundreds of film, music, interactive and technology experiences pouring into the city.

Austinia’s opening day agenda is filled with a discussion of the future of DAOs from Blockchain Creative Labs, a gallery of street artist Banksy’s most famous works, a jam session from the British-born but Austin-based artist Jade Bird, a showcase of Texan short films and a talk by Austin podcaster Brené Brown.

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Follow all day as I attend various SXSW events:

10 a.m. Blockchain Creative Labs | 5th and Trinity streets

Showcasing NFTs, the use of Blockchain, and the dynamic future of DAOs, the 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 people came together to discuss blockchain and explanations of DAOs, or decentralized autonomous organizations that pool capital and continue investments or undertake blockchain-based projects.

In 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 workplace.

McGlone gave some advice to anyone looking to join a DAO:

  • Be crypto-curious
    • There are no silly questions, so get started! 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 cryptography is still a brand new invention.
  • Do your research
    • Not all DAOs are created equal. Do your research and join one you can happily contribute to, believe in, and look forward to working in.
  • Leverage Your Hardest Self
    • It may take a while to get your foot in the door as it may not fit and some DAOs are too small to answer the call. Contact him often, don’t be nervous. When you join a DAO, you become a co-owner, so you have to want to contribute.

11 a.m. Banksy Experience (unauthorized) | Atmosphere TV, 416 Congress Ave.

Open until March 19, Atmosphere’s head office offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the ironic and screen-printed world of Banksy. With over a dozen authenticated and limited pieces, such as the original Girl with Balloon Purple and what is believed to be one of the famous anonymous artist’s earliest painted garage doors.

As part of the installation, badge holders can see the Banksy VR experience, which takes the viewer through several cityscapes on which the artist left his mark.

You’ll want to explore this exhibit thoroughly! There are little Easter eggs all over the building, like this rat hanging from a stair railing.

12:45 Jade Bird Opens for Alexis McGill Johnson and Busy Philipps Keynote

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Although Jade Bird only played four songs, her short set was powerful. The new Austin resident was alone on stage with her acoustic guitar, telling the crowd that she fell in love with the city after attending SXSW, before kicking off with one of her old songs, “Uh Huh.” .

Bird debuted an unreleased track 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 says cared about her. heart. Bird closed the set with the powerful vocal song, “I Get No Joy”.

7 p.m. A Conversation with Brené Brown, featuring 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,” star New York Times #1 bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown spoke with authors Priya Parker and Anand Giridharadas to talk to SXSW attendees about identifying feelings, complex emotions and checking in with yourself.

In her book, which bears the same name as the show, Brown breaks down the difference between seemingly similar 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 to behave like those around you.

Key Concepts:

  • 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 seek.
    • Ex. The distant enemy of compassion is cruelty, while the near enemy of compassion is pity.
    • Distant enemies are much more obvious than nearby enemies, which Brown says causes separation.
  • Awkwardness often opens a door to connection – humans tend to be so averse to awkward situations because they “mistakenly” believe it’s a threat to their belonging. Brown says it’s the opposite – awkwardness creates a shared moment where there’s no shared code, which can open up a tense moment.
  • Ask yourself a few questions and use a specific example if you can:
    • What does it look like when you try to control, protect or respect those around you?
    • What is one thing you do that is very difficult but worth it in the end?

“Our early research has shown that the majority of people can identify three emotions within themselves when talking to themselves: happy, sad, angry,” Brown said at the event. “How can we make our way through the world if we don’t have a vocabulary as extensive as our experience?”

Attendee and UT student Mr. Bourne said they originally heard about Brown through her work as a visiting professor at the university, but now that they’ve seen her speak, they plan to read “Atlas of the Heart” and watch the special to explore emotions. .

“Based on her interviews today, she was so amazing and I see the hype now,” Bourne said. “I had never thought about compassion and how the near enemy of that was pity. I had always seen pity, I guess, more as a feeling of ‘I wish I could do more’.”


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