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CONVERSATIONS | The Future of Art: How Data is Changing the Landscape

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Melbourne Art Fair Conversations
Sunday, February 20th, 2022
11:30am – 12:30pm
Virtual talk

Moderator: Rose Hiscock
Speakers: Paul. D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky); Refik Anadol; Stelarc; Christiane Paul

Enabled by artificial intelligence, data, quantum computing and algorithms, the world of technology has transformed the visual and perceptual landscape of art. Join celebrated artists, scholars and curators from the United States and Australia in discussion about new technologies and the accelerated shift to spatial environments. We examine how technology has redefined notions of place, space and the built environment as well as re-defining the borderless intersection of art, the spectator and technology.


Funk-tastic: The Art and Futuristic Vision of George Clinton and Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Free Online Event

This roundtable discussion explores the career and work of George Clinton in relation to Afrofuturism, his artistic influence on the genre, and connection to the hip-hop motifs and Afrofuturist work of Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky. The discussion also touches on Clinton’s current success as a visual artist and how he linked his “flow” as a futuristic Funk innovator to his artistic practice. DJ Spooky discusses his work and current projects with art and education institutions in Africa.


DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation

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February 17 @ 7:00pm
Kingsbury Hall
Salt Lake City, UT

Conceived as a reimagining of director D.W. Griffith’s infamously racist 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation, DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “…exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms.” Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, the work has played throughout the world and continues to engage audiences in themes of civil rights and freedom, seen through the lens of DJ Spooky’s unique art of remixing.


DJ Spooky on his Residency at Yale Quantum Institute and Why Science Needs Art

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“I’ve always felt like I wasn’t that interested in hanging out in the music scene as much as I was interested in being around really well-read people who are into science want to talk about ideas. I like to have one foot in each world,” Paul explained when I asked how he ended up at YQI. His parents were both professors, so he’s always had a passion and natural place in academia, plus he’s a wildly well-read science fiction guy and says that very much influenced his approach to music.


Flipboard: DJ Spooky Recommends

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Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is the ultimate creator: he’s a composer, a DJ, a multimedia artist, an editor, an author, and the curator of one of Flipboard’s most interesting magazines, “Semantic Infiltration.”

He’s completely immersed in environmental and social issues and creates art to press those issues into the public consciousness. We talked to him for episode 03 of “The Art of Curation” podcast. Here’s the show, plus other writers, thinkers and artists cited during the conversation.

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DJ Spooky Curates Playlist for Afrofuturism Exhibition at The Oakland Museum

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Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism

August 7, 2021–February 27, 2022

Afrofuturism is a lot of things. It’s the past, present, and future reimagined through a Black cultural lens. Visionary, spiritual, and generative, it is art, music, literature, and cinema that expresses a just future where Black people and Black ideas thrive. It is fantasy and science fiction that envisions the African Diaspora and Black culture as central in a technically advanced and culturally rich civilization. It is also the ordinary—now— in this very moment and the everyday pleasures that may often be seen as mundane. Afrofuturism is a strategy for Black community building.


Paul D. Miller is Artist in Residence at Yale University Quantum Institute 2021-2022


After a year of hiatus, the Yale Quantum Institute continues its artist-in-residence program to explore art as a medium with the goal to increase our understanding and discourse of quantum physics.

Starting this month, we will welcome multimedia artist, composer and writer Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky. His work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono.