DJ Spooky presents QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet

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January 25, 2019, 7:30pm
YBCA Theater, San Francisco

Featuring DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution & San Francisco Girls Chorus. Visual Design by Greg Niemeyer and MEDIUMLABS, additional visuals by Roger Antonsen.
Commissioned by Internet Archive; a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Presented in association with YBCA. Produced by Sozo Artists, Inc. with additional support from Sozo Impact, Inc.

Tickets: https://www.ybca.org/whats-on/quantopia
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/314657766030858/


DJ SPOOKY RECEIVES HEWLETT FOUNDATION AWARD

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The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions: supporting the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

Launched in 2017 in honor of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the five-year, $8 million initiative awards 10 commissions annually in five performing arts disciplines. These artworks will bring communities together in the Bay Area and go on to inspire, engage, and challenge audiences across the country and around the world in years to come.

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INTERCEPTED PODCAST with DJ SPOOKY: THE TRUMP MIXTAPE

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DANTE’S INFERNO MEETS DISCO INFERNO

DONALD TRUMP HAS made crystal clear that he has a great affinity for strongmen and for unquestioned loyalty of those who work for him. This week on Intercepted: Trump’s besties in Saudi Arabia convinced him that Qatar, the host of U.S. Central Command, is the premiere Arab nation sponsoring terrorism. Amnesty International’s Sherine Tadros and Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan analyze the hypocrisy-laden, bizarre crisis. We also discuss the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. Jeremy addresses the Justice Department’s allegations about The Intercept’s recent NSA story and the prosecution of the alleged leaker. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes talks Russia, Trump, the media and his new book, “A Colony in a Nation.” DJ Spooky joins the conversation and imagines a Trump-inspired mash-up of Dante’s Inferno and Disco Inferno.

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Atlantic Magazine feature on DJ Spooky

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Why Remix The Birth of a Nation?

A live multimedia performance by the musician DJ Spooky considers the 1915 silent film’s legacy as a pioneering document in alternative facts.

In some dark corners, The Birth of a Nation might be received as enthusiastically today as it was when it debuted in 1915. The silent dramatization of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction was the first American motion picture to be screened at the White House, with President Woodrow Wilson and his cabinet in attendance. While violent racism is not tolerated so openly as it was during Wilson’s day, vintage white nationalism is making a comeback in the Trump era.

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