Georgia Tech Arts Series

2020 - 2021

Meet the 2020-2021 Series Artists

The artists of the 2020-2021 Georgia Tech Arts Series are all profoundly talented, curious, and creative people who will inspire you through their work and deep engagement with our campus and public communities. Throughout the coming season, we will strive to create deeper and more meaningful connections between artists and our audience that can take place from the comfort of home and across the globe. Facilitating these types of conversations is central to our mission, as is continuing to integrate the work of these artists into the classroom discussions and research taking place across Georgia Tech. Take a moment to get to know the artists who will be guiding us in 2020 and 2021, whether in-person or from their own homes and studios.

While Georgia Tech Arts is proceeding with planning for events to begin as scheduled, we will follow the lead of the Institute, the University System of Georgia, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and public health experts to determine when it is safe and appropriate to resume public gatherings. Whatever the future may hold, we will continue to unveil fun opportunities to get to know each of these artists over the coming weeks and months.

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Kaki King

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 9 albums and is a Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score. She is considered one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and Georgia Tech Arts is thrilled to present two exciting engagements with her this season. On October 24, 2020, Georgia Tech Arts will livestream the world premiere of her new album Modern Yesterdays from the Ferst Center of the Arts. Kaki will then return in February 2021 for DATA NOT FOUND, her sonic and visual production incorporating lush, often responsive technical theater and projection work.

Modern Yesterdays Album Release & Livestream
October 24, 2020
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February 12, 13 & 14, 2021 - NEW DATE
Ferst Center for the Arts
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Atlanta Contemporary Dance Companies

As the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on our local arts ecosystem became apparent, Georgia Tech Arts saw an opportunity to reimagine its 2020-2021 Series to support Atlanta contemporary dancers and companies. We are currently identifying opportunities for collaboration but imagine hosting workshops and conversations with artists throughout the year, which would culminate with a performance in spring 2021. This is all made possible by a two-year grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation. ImmerseATL - a multifaceted training environment for emerging dance artists - is the first to be announced as part of the initiative. 

Innovation Through Dance Exploration and Learning
Workshops & Performances
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


Fearless Collective and Shilo Shiv Suleman

South Asian-based public art project Fearless Collective reclaims self-representation and transforms public spaces through immersive workshops and public art interventions, with women and misrepresented communities across the world. As part of a year-long engagement with Georgia Tech Arts, Fearless' founder Shilo Shiv Suleman will lead workshops and explorations in October and November 2020, inspired by this unprecedented moment in time. Using the “Fearless Futures” method developed by Fearless in collaboration with AWID, Suleman will guide our community in a process that helps us move beyond critical thinking and into a space of imagination and creative solutions for future worlds free from fear. Together, we intend to create new shared realities by reimagining: Bodies & Touch, Power & Governance, Earth & Resources, and Health, Care, & Healing. The workshops are creative incubations, dream tanks of sorts, which are intended to lead to ideas that can be manifested in the present. This process will culminate in a community-inspired project in spring 2021.

Workshops & Installations
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


Georgia Tech School of Music

Georgia Tech Arts will partner with Georgia Tech's School of Music in presenting the 23rd annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. This one-of-kind event is dedicated to identifying the newest and greatest ideas in music. Musical inventors from around the world will share their creations and ideas about the future of music. The competition was founded by Richard Guthman (IE 1956), who wanted to find a way to honor his wife, Margaret, while supporting music at Georgia Tech.

This year, the event will move online with a call for submissions opening August 31, 2020 and closing October 1, 2020. The public will then have access to a gallery where they can vote for the “People’s Choice” winner from among the finalists during the month of November. A panel of four judges will select the winners, who will be announced in March 2021, with virtual opportunities to learn more about all of the finalists and their instruments. The judges include guitarist Kaki King, who will also live stream the world premiere of her new album and present DATA NOT FOUND with Georgia Tech Arts this season; DJ Spooky, composer, multimedia artist, and writer; Dave Smith, engineer, musician, and founder of Sequential; and Jayson Dobney, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition
Concert & Exhibitions
March 2021
Ferst Center for the Arts
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fuse*, an Italian studio and production company exploring the expressive potential offered by the creative use of emerging digital technologies, returns after last season's popular presentation of Dökk. AMYGDALA is an art installation that builds upon the themes of Dökk by using fuse*'s proprietary algorithms to pull information from social media in real time and translate the data into stunning light displays.

April 1 – 30, 2021 - NEW DATE
Plaza in front of the Ferst Center for the Arts
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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

The performance of What Problem? has been postponed with plans to present it as part of the Georgia Tech Arts 2021-2022 Series. More details coming soon.

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was born in 1982 out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (1948–1988). During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary that would change the face of American dance. What Problem? provokes the tension between belonging to a community and feelings of isolation that many feel during these divisive political times.

What Problem?
Moved to 2021-2022 Series
Ferst Center for the Arts
*This a new date for the performance.
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This engagement with Georgia Tech Arts is supported by The Charles Loridans Foundation.

Adapted from Deep Blue Sea, which was originally commissioned by Park Avenue Armory and Manchester International Festival in collaboration with Holland Festival. Additional commissioning support provided by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with original support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia, Carolina Performing Arts, Indiana University Auditorium, the Center for the Arts at George Mason University, Lumberyard Center for Film and Performing Arts, Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY. Rehearsed at Mana Contemporary and Bethany Arts Community. What Problem? was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




Gabriel Kahane

A singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer, Gabriel Kahane is a distinct and penetrating voice in an array of cultural spaces. He will visit Georgia Tech in the fall and the spring to lead workshops and conversations around questions relating to technology and the rights we give up, explicitly or not, for convenience. His time on campus will inform his work and a performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts in a future series.

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Residency: The Right to be Forgotten
Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


Troy Schumacher

Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer, dancer, and director living in New York, NY. His athletic aesthetic draws from the artists he collaborates with to produce fresh, unexpected results. He is a soloist dancer with New York City Ballet and the founder of BalletCollective. He has been dubbed a “visionary artist” by T Magazine and is “one of his generation’s most acclaimed choreographers” (PBS). During the course of the year, Troy will meet with Georgia Tech faculty, researchers, and students to discuss concepts in neuroscience. This work will inform a world premiere collaboration with a yet-to-be-announced local dance group, which will allow for movement workshops and other explorations over the course of the residency.

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021


Image: AMYGDALA. Photo courtesy of fuse*.

*All artists, events, and programming subject to change.

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