PYGMALION 2020 will kick off this Thursday, September 24 at 4PM CST and run through Saturday September 26 at midnight. All programming will take place in the virtual space. Seeking to unpack as much humanity as possible right now, they invited participation from great artists, authors, thinkers, musicians, and more to participate in a wide variety of opportunities and activations for both patrons and performers alike. The goal: to engage. With one another. With ourselves. With ideas.
Today they announce new additions to the lineup including Angel Bat Dawid, Justin Vivian Bond, Saturday Night Seder (with Shaina Taub, Alex Edelman, and Adam Kantor), Helen Estabroo, Michelle Zauner (of Japanese Breakfast), and Will Leitch. They join the previously announced Ilana Glazer (of Broad City) hosting a GENERATOR live, NPR’s Ari Shapiro, National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, Booker Prize award winner Bernardine Evaristo, Dan Savage discussing documentary film Jimmy in Saigon, inventor and YouTube star Simone Giertz, the cast of Napoleon Dynamite (ft. Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, and Jon Gries), “Friday Beers” with Sparta’s Jim Ward (ft. Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters), two-time Pushcart Prize winner Kaveh Akbar, a podcast from Yo, Is This Racist? featuring Tawny Newsome and Andrew Ti, special appearance by writer and producer Jonathan Ames, and many, many more.
- a virtual escape room that is also an immersive theater where surprise guests and easter eggs await featuring Sudan Archives
- an engagement through Minecraft with Open Pit
- a virtual hackathon, hosted by the University of Illinois (whose students and researchers brought the world... well, everything in the digital realm: from the web browser and social media, to digital payments and YouTube, to the LED and the MRI, and more)
- a Literary Marathon! — 18 hours over three days of authors, poets, journalists, essayists and more featuring Kaveh Akbar, Nabil Ayers, Rachel Yoder, Andre Perry, and many more
- a "Human Library" where you don't check out books, but rather, fellow humans to tell you a story in an intimate space
- a wide array of featured speakers in dialogue about their own work and the work of others; discussions about the current political climate, the worst show an artist has ever played, the nature of music versus optics, alternative filmmaking, and more