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DJ Spooky presents “Parallax of Quantum” at Deep Water Festival

Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

The renowned philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote that the “ideal subject for totalitarian rule is… people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists…” Her words and the words of George Orwell are more resonant than ever in our age of computational propaganda, bots, AI, and algorithms that play with all aspects of how we create digital subjectivity in a data driven society. I was commissioned to work on an art installation based on George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 by the Deep Water Literary Festival in tandem with the Orwell Foundation. We are having renowned authors such as legendary science fiction author Samuel Delany and renowned actress Tilda Swinton read from the novel set to my music compositions and my artwork and graphics. The prints and editing process were done at The Church during my Residency, and at Yale University Center for Collaborative Arts and Media.

“Almost certainly we are moving into an age of totalitarian dictatorships – an age in which freedom of thought will be at first a deadly sin and later on a meaningless abstraction. The autonomous individual is going to be stamped out of existence.”
George Orwell, Inside the Whale

Our world is a kind of dark overture:
We live in a time where the stability of how we frame events, create meaning, and interact with information that surrounds us – is all under a never ending assault from everything that reflects the darkest impulses of the human mind. How we organize our thoughts and emotions, how we sense our navigation through the fog of information that digital media creates. These are things that linger over the modern context in late capitalism.

Deep Water Festival is a literary festival that has commissioned Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky to create a new composition “Parallax of Quantum” featuring several major literary figures reading from George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. The project will tour after its premier at the festival. The first iteration premiers at Deep Water Festival and will feature legendary science fiction novelist Samuel Delany and another aspect of the festival features renowned actress Tilda Swinton reading from Orwell’s essays. Miller also is premiering several limited edition prints “NewThink/OldThink” to support the festival. More details will be available shortly.

April 26, 2023

DJ Spooky Artist in Residence at Yale University Center

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is Artist in Residence at Yale University Center for Collaborative Arts and Media 2022-2023

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. At CCAM, he will activate CCAM’s programming and develop a Yale Remix project that will highlight interdisciplinary arts dialogues.

Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae.

September 14, 2022

Disinformation by Design: Art in the Age of Weaponized Data

A dialog between Professor Timothy Snyder and Paul D. Miller dialog about the history of disinformation/misinformation and weapons of mass media in The Age of Disinformation between Russia, Ukraine, and the United States at Yale University Center for Collabortive

Thu, April 21, 2022
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

This free event is in-person and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on Zoom. There is a separate registration process for each version of the event.

Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)
149 York Street
Leeds Studio (Room 103)
New Haven, CT 06510
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April 14, 2022

DJ Spooky at Film Forum Podcast

DJ Spooky at Film Forum in dialog with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (BISR), in association with Carnegie Hall’s city-wide Afrofuturism festival.

We were joined for the event by two of BISR’s faculty – Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Rebecca Ariel Porte.

April 8, 2022