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Environmental Activist, Musician DJ Spooky on Campus Nov. 2-4
Internationally acclaimed composer, multimedia artist, and author Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky showcases his many interests and talents in a series of programs and workshops during his residency at Washington College. Over the course of three days, DJ Spooky will immerse audiences in a blending of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues.
Miller is the Starr Center’s 2016 Frederick Douglass Fellow, whose seemingly limitless imagination feeds an unparalleled breadth of approaches to the contemporary world. His written work has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among others, and he is the editor of Origin Magazine. The award-winning book Rhythm Science (MIT Press 2004), was followed by Sound Unbound, an anthology about electronic music and digital media; The Book of Ice, an experiential visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic; and his most recent work The Imaginary App. Miller’s work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; the Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries.
Miller has collaborated with a vast array of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D; Kronos Quartet to Yoko Ono. His large scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica,” and “Seoul Counterpoint.” In 2014, he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an honor recognizing visionaries at the forefront of global problem solving.
While he’s visiting Washington College, you can see, hear, and absorb his work at the following programs, cosponsored by SANDBOX, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and the Department of Music. All programs are free and open to the public.
The World of DJ Spooky November 2, Wednesday, 7:30 pm Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
This multimedia presentation and musical performance features DJ Spooky accompanied by Washington College professors Kimberly McCollum (violin) and Daniel Shomper (cello). The show highlights DJ Spooky’s multifarious interests and influences and includes excerpts from ARCTIC RHYTHMS, a musical work based on Miller’s Aichilik rafting journey. A sequel to his critically acclaimed Book of Ice, these performance pieces illuminate the environmental issues faced by the Arctic through a unique approach to blending and remixing sounds, visuals, and conceptual art.
DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation (film showing) November 3, Thursday, 5:30 pmDecker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
Conceived as a reimagining of director D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, DJ Spooky’s remix, the Rebirth of a Nation, is a provocative and culturally significant project that engages audiences in themes of civil rights and freedom, as seen through the lens of Miller’s unique art. Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Wiener Festwochen, and the Festival d’Automne a Paris, the project has been presented in multiple venues worldwide.
Reconnaissance: Arctic and Antarctic Rhythms—Gallery exhibitionNovember 4, Friday, 5:00-8:00 pmSANDBOX Gallery, 107 Cross St.
This exhibition of art and sound includes pieces from Paul D. Miller’s “Ice” and “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica.” The exhibition will be on display through November.
The Frederick Douglass visiting fellowship brings to campus scholars, writers, musicians and others engaged in the study or interpretation of African-American history or a related field. The fellowship also offers Washington College students and faculty a chance to spend time with some of today’s leading thinkers in the arts and humanities.