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“RACE FILMS”: THE BLACK FILM INDUSTRY THAT TOLD BLACK STORIES IN CINEMA’S EARLIEST DAYS

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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.

PAUL D. MILLER, A.K.A. DJ SPOOKY, UNSPOOLS THE COMPLICATED HISTORY OF AN ALTERNATIVE HOLLYWOOD DEDICATED TO TELLING AFRICAN AMERICAN STORIES. PLUS: READ WHAT CRITICS SAID ABOUT THE FILMS AT THE TIME.

For Black History Month, DJ Spooky was commissioned to make a list of foundational films that he felt spoke to the history of African American cinema in film.

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New Sounds #4156: Four Millers And A Stone

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There’s music by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, and music by drummer, composer, and bandleader, Allison Miller. Also, hear sound art by Minnesota-based Scott L. Miller, and Paganini arranged by Liszt, recomposed by New York-based Scott D. Miller. Plus, a work by computer music composer Carl Stone.

DJ Spooky’s music with Kronos Quartet was featured on Jon Schaefer’s legendary show New Sounds, along with Bang on A Can, Laurie Anderson, and others.

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ART + TECHNOLOGY

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DJ Spooky has participated in a series curated by Bloomberg Media and Hyundai Technologies for their inaugural ART + TECHNOLOGY Series. The other participants are renowned video artist from China, Lu Yang and James Coupe.

DJ Spooky hosts Design With Life: Terreform One

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6PM EST
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As part of Microsoft’s Sustainability Speaker Series, TED Fellow, ecological architect, and mad scientist Dr. Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE brings together a candid crowd of experts to talk about the future of sustainability and his mission to use the power of design to combat planetary extinction. His new book, Design With Life, written with his co-founder Maria Aiolova, looks at acts of ecological design that showcase the potential of designing with nature, not against it. From worm-eating styrofoam incinerators to butterfly sanctuary double-skin facades and cricket sex pods, Terreform One shows us some of their most radical visions for ecology’s role in the survival of our planet. Joachim and Aiolova will be joined by Dr. Peder Anker and author, Charles C. Mann, to discuss how biological processes can create resilient answers to tomorrow’s most pressing urban challenges.

This series is moderated by Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky and sponsored by The Microsoft Garage.

DESIGN WITH LIFE

Earth Day Live

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Earth Day – Virtual Edition
April 22, 23, 24

Doing this for Earth Day! Join us!

Al Gore • Joaquin Phoenix • Moby • Dr. Sweta Chakraborty • Dr Michael Greger • Talib Kweli • DJ Spooky • Michael Franti • Matt McGorry • Daniel Fernandez • Monica Dogra • Chef Alexandra Shrader • Lisa Edlestein • Luke Baines • Megan Boone • Sharon Carpenter • Ilyasah Shabazz • Patricia Arquette • Tim Heidecker • Rosanna Arquette • Madame Gandhi • Emily Wells • Shep Fairey • Laurie Anderson • Angela Rye • Chef Dominique Crenn • Lil Dicky • Kathryn Budig • Ed Begley Jr. • Tony Revolori • Louie Schwartzberg • Angelique Kidjo • Jason Mraz • Soul Clap

EARTH DAY LIVE

DJ Spooky video shoot with National Geographic in Abu Dhabi

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Progress doesn’t have to come at the expense of culture and tradition. This truism is evident from the moment you touch down in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Men and women in traditional Arabic dress and designer sunglasses emerge from luxury-brand boutiques in glitzy shopping malls, while young Emiratis in sharp Western suits sip mint tea and puff shisha pipes on downtown hotel terraces. This dichotomy of tradition and modernity makes a powerful impression on visitors, including National Geographic Explorer Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, who was struck by the paradoxical nature of the city.

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DJ Spooky in Residence at Georgetown University

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Sponsored by the Georgetown University Departments of African American Studies and Performing Arts and the Racial Justice Institute

The Racial Justice: Art(s) and Activism lecture series, honors Georgetown University’s recent initiative to highlight art, activism and racial justice by focusing on work by literary, visual and performance artists whose art serves the ongoing struggle to produce new forms of racial freedom.

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