World-renowned musician, writer, and conceptual artist Paul D. Miller—better known as DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid—returns to San Francisco on Monday, October 17, for the Graduate Studies/Wattis Institute Lecture Series. In a live multimedia presentation, "Rhythm Science," Miller will examine the history of digital art and media from the viewpoint of an artist who uses "found objects" in the form of DJing.
The presentation will focus on how DJ culture has evolved out of the same technologies as digital media and art, which use a subjective selection of old video material remixed with new.
Best known for his DJ work, Miller has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated with such preeminent artists as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Kool Keith, Yoko Ono, and Killah Priest from Wu-Tang Clan. His latest CD, Drums of Death, is a collaborative effort with Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and other notables.
Continually exploring new avenues of expression, Miller is also a highly regarded writer and conceptual artist. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, and Paper Magazine, and his visual art has been included in the Whitney Biennial in New York, the Venice Biennale for Architecture, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
His collection of essays, Rhythm Science, on which his presentation is based, was published in 2004 by MIT Press, and his anthology of writings on sound art and multimedia, Sound Unbound, will be released later this year.
He is currently touring the world with a multimedia/film/performance piece, DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation.
Miller is just as likely to experiment with writing novels as remixing Metallica—and this event promises to give attendees a chance to catch a visionary's mind at work. The event is free, open to the public, and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Axis Café, located at 1201 Eighth St (near the intersections of 16th and Wisconsin Streets, near the CCA San Francisco campus).
By Erica Holt