Saturday, November 1, 2008

DJ Spooky + one pot


photo by art jones
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Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) plays Nectar tonight. Before that, he'll be the focus of a one pot on Capitol Hill talking about his book Sound Unbound. More info here and here.
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photo by todd jatras
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Michael Hebb invited me to do a booklet about the evening. Since I only knew about Paul Miller's music, I've been doing some reading about his visual art. He's done some really amazing stuff. One thing that's got me really interested is Rebirth of a Nation. He has appropriated (in the best sense of the word) the cinematically praised/socially condemned movie Birth of a Nation by D.W. Griffith.


still from rebirth of a nation
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From DJ Spooky's 'Hype' page, "Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (year 2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His 2004 solo show at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Path Is Prologue, echoed his live music/theater/film performance, “DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of A Nation, which ran simultaneously at the Lincoln Center Festival after premieres in Vienna and at Spoleto USA in Charleston, SC and continues to tour globally."


photo by art jones

"But even with all this, Miller is most well known under the moniker of his "constructed persona" as “DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid". Miller has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated a wide variety of musicians and composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Butch Morris, Kool Keith a.k.a. Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth among many others. He also composed and recorded the music score for the Cannes and Sundance Award winning film Slam, starring critically acclaimed poet Saul Williams." (via bio)
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event pics:

michael hebb + paul d miller

josh + charles mudede + paul d williams
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sound unbound, published by MIT press

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