volume 121

indie’s not dead

every sxsw, there seems to be one band that people can’t stop talking about and this year that honour goes to hoops. the indie-pop four-piece performed at cheer up charlie’s and most visitors listed them among their favourite sets. if it sounds like something up your street, their full-length debut album, routines, is out in may.

the ‘citizen kane’ of bad movies

a number of different films had their world premiere at the 24th edition of the SXSW film conference and festival. however, one of the most talked about films at the annual gathering was james franco’s highly anticipated tommy wiseau biopic, which he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in. the disaster artist is a winning blend of comedy and pathos that could earn its own cult status when warner bros lock in an as-yet-undetermined release date.

my grandmother’s lingo

an interactive animation that highlights the plight of indigenous languages by exploring aboriginal culture and the endangered language of marra. launched by sbs australia in october last year, it was this year’s winner of the sxsw interactive innovation awards for best responsive design.

the rise of the cyborg fashion

staying on the topic of the sxsw interactive innovation awards, one that really stood out was duoskin, a functional, stylish on-skin user interface. needless to say, they took home an award for the coolest scientific achievement or discovery that before 2015 was only possible in science fiction. can’t wait to get our hands on that!

robots discuss lady gaga and taylor swift

another example of sxsw’s cutting edge programme was the japan factory event. an “exo-naked” interactive robot named repliee s1 and its fellow robot attendee u, a japanese idol-style android, debated about their preferences of pop culture. can we expect a robot talk-show anytime soon?

are you ‘an original’?

our favourite talk of sxsw was the conference keynote session with adam grant. if you have an hour to spend, watch one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers talk about non-conformity and the ‘originals’.