DJ Spooky Performance, Rebirth of a Nation, followed by a discussion
Thursday, May 29 at the American Museum of the Moving Image
Queens, New York
A special work-in-progress performance, Rebirth of a Nation, by conceptual artist, musician, and writer Paul Miller, otherwise known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid remixes D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation," the controversial historical epic that established the rules of narrative filmmaking while portraying the Ku Klux Klan as the saviors of the Civil War.
In Miller's hands, the film is transformed into a meditation on how "myths migrate through the culture's operating system." Miller says, "Remixing this influential film the way a DJ would change a pop tune, I am trying to uncover the blueprints of the future we now inhabit." Miller's work employs a wide variety of digitally created music and multi-media to create a form of post-modern sculpture in the tradition of composers such as John Cage and Afrika Bambaata. He has collaborated with a wide variety of pre-eminent musicians and composers such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Killa Priest of Wu-Tang Clan, Yoko Ono, and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth amongst others.
This one-hour performance will be followed by a discussion with the artist. Tickets ($15 public / $10 members) can be purchased in advance by calling the Museum at 718-784-4520.
The event is part of Thursdays, an ongoing series of artist talks and performances, presented in conjunction with DigitalMedia, the Museum's highly acclaimed gallery space focused on creative, probing, and playful explorations of the digital moving image and software-based art.
For more information visit www.movingimage.us/thursdays.