New School Alumni @ SXSW Online 2021

New School Alumni
3 min readMar 8, 2021
Julia Gorton, BFA Communication Design ’80, discussed her CBGB days as a young photographer during a panel at SXSW 2018.

The New School is excited to take part at SXSW Online this year. If you’re registered, be sure to visit our virtual booth and connect with your community. Plus, tune in to alumni who are taking the virtual stage.

Oliver Lewin, BA Contemporary Music ’14
Director, Before Your Eyes

Virtual Cinema Competition: An emotional first-person narrative where you control the story — and affect its outcomes — with your real-life blinks. Through this innovative technique you will experience a soul’s journey into the afterlife, as an entire life flashes before your eyes.

Screening of Before Your Eyes
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM CT

Live Chat with Before Your Eyes Filmmakers
Wednesday, March 17
2:00 PM CT

Karin Giefer, MA Lighting Design ’04
Design Leader, Amazon

Responsible Innovation: Move Fast and Fix Things
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
10:15 AM to 11:10 AM CT

Designing technology in a user-centered way is considered fundamental to “good” outcomes. Doing so has lead to innovations that have profoundly shaped the world we’re living in. With that world experiencing juddering, fitful and widespread change, we want to reconsider that tenet — Are we building connection or becoming disconnected from each other, our decisions, and our world? How we might evolve our fundamentals so that we build a more healthful, kind and responsible future. Put a different way, we can’t solve the current problems with the same thinking that got us into it. So what is that new thinking?

Vladislav Ginzburg, BS Liberal Arts ’12
CEO, Blockparty

The Future of Monetizing IP and Digital Content
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
10:15 AM to 11:10 AM CT

Brands only capture about 5% of the value they create, and a vast majority of the content created by creators goes unmonetized. Blockchain collectibles (known as Non-Fungible Token or NFTs) are an opportunity to change that by creating new revenue streams and packaging content into exclusive and provably rare digital assets. Attendees will learn about this new asset and how leading brands are leveraging collector culture and new technology to change the way artists interact with fans. Panelists will discuss cultivating digital ownership and how brands can build a digital link with their most passionate fans, attract new audiences and build new revenue streams.

Mickey Liddell, AAS Interior Design ’89
Producer, Introducing, Selma Blair

Documentary Feature Competition: In a quest to take control of her personal health, actor Selma Blair adapts to new ways of living while pursuing a risky medical procedure, after revealing her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2018.

Screening of Introducing, Selma Blair
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
2:00 PM to 3:29 PM CT

Live chat with Introducing, Selma Blair filmmakers
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
5:00 PM CT

Jillian Hervey, BA The Arts ’11
Artist, Lion Babe

Lion Babe live performance
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM CT

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