The Buckman Center Presents: A Conversation with Grimes

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The Buckman Center Presents: A Conversation with Grimes

Grimes, Mac Boucher and Daouda Leonard sit down with SDCT Assistant Dean Doreen Lorenzo.

By UT School of Design and Creative Technologies

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Date and time

Wednesday, April 5 · 5:30 - 7pm CDT


LBJ Auditorium 2313 Red River Street Austin, TX 78712

About this event

NOTE: Priority admission will be given to current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and industry partners of the School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT). If you are not part of SDCT and do not have a General Admission ticket, you may arrive early to wait on standby. Standby admission will be first-come, first-served.

About Grimes

Grimes is a multidisciplinary artist who came to prominence with her album visions which she produced herself in GarageBand. This was followed by the critically acclaimed album Art Angels and the critically disliked (but much better-performing album) Miss Anthropocene, which were also both fully self-produced. Some of her other artistic pursuits include scoring the Emmy-winning opening credits of the Netflix series Hilda and voicing a popstar cyborg in the video game Cyberpunk 2077. As a live act, she started out with many years of van touring but has worked her way up to a festival headliner. Grimes is also a visual artist, often directing her music videos. She’s had one of the most successful NFT drops of all time and is known for her work in the digital art space. Her work with the AI music generation app Endel won the Apple Watch app of the year in 2020. A provocateur and philosopher, Grimes has been both criticized and lauded for her theories on AI, futurism, and luxury communism, among other topics.

About Mac Boucher

Mac Boucher has worked in the world of film, music, and gaming over the past decade. His work has been viewed close to half a billion times which includes creative direction for the Grammy nominated musical duo, Sofi Tukker. He has been a close collaborator of the artist (and his sister) Grimes, producing, photographing, and directing various award-winning music videos and performances. Together the two developed the War Nymph Virtual Avatar which did over $6 million in sales in 15 minutes on Nifty Gateway in early 2021. Mac's personal art has been exhibited across the US, Europe, and Asia. Over the past few years Mac has been a significant partner in Jadu AR, where has overseen Worldbuilding and Creative Direction as they continue to build out their world scale and multiplayer AR ambitions.

About Daouda Leonard

Daouda Leonard, CEO of CreateSafe, Inc., a web3 product development studio building technology solutions for artists at scale. After 15 years of working on production teams for artists like Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber as well as managing businesses for artists like Grimes, Skrillex, and DJ Snake, Daouda started CreateSafe to build software products for artists and managers to build and scale their business. Daouda has worked as a manager, publisher, producer, A&R, and creative director throughout his career in the music industry. His education and corporate work experience brought him to places like Northeastern University, Tudor Investment, and MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he learned about Computer Science, Management Information Systems, and how to build computers for stock and equities traders. His creative contributions have generated over 15 billion global media impressions and sales to date for cultural leaders including Lady Gaga, Drake, Madonna, Kanye West, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Weeknd, and Justin Bieber.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Doors Open / Seating Begins

Please arrive no later than 5:30 so we may begin seating promptly. Those with SDCT Community tickets will have priority. If you do not have a ticket, you may still come and wait on standby. Standby s...

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A Conversation with Grimes

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