Penn State School of Visual Arts’ John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series is pleased to welcome composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Miller is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything—from visual forms and economic theory to the great outdoors. Miller’s lecture, DJ Spook: on Art and Remix, focusing on his body of artistic work, and how his projects come together, will take place Tuesday, March 22, 3:00 PM, Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.
In 2007 and 2008, Miller undertook two expeditions to Antarctica to shoot a film and create an acoustic portrait of the rapidly changing continent. That let to his celebrated 2011 publication The Book of Ice and his 2013 album Of Water and Ice. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Miller traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2014 and came away with the inspiration for another volume of music Arctic Rhythms.
Brought to you by the Center for the Performing Arts, experience the polar regions as never before through Miller’s eclectic artistry. Accompanied at Eisenhower Auditorium, Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 PM, by a Penn State School of Music graduate student string quartet (violinists Gabriella Stout and Michael Divino, violist John Roxburgh and cellist Liu Pai), Miller creates an evocative multimedia trip through the Arctic landscape. He juxtaposes images with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create a unique experience.
Watch a video teaser for “Arctic Rhythms” at https://www.youtube.com/embed/f7tWXEfSps4?width=560&height=315&iframe=true&autoplay=1.
Miller has previously collaborated with an array of musicians, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. MIT Press published his award-winning book Rhythm Science in 2004. The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum have featured his writing, and he’s the editor of Origin Magazine. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial for Architecture, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, and other museums and galleries throughout the world.