February 23, 2014
Doors at 6:00 pm
Show at 7:00 pm
$15 general admission
$5 students / seniors
(not including fees)
STG Presents DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation at the Moore Theatre in Seattle on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
The film will be introduced by conceptual artist/musician/writer Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky from New York featuring music composed by Paul Miller and recorded by Kronos Quartet. This internationally recognized film project is based on a remix of D.W. Griffith's infamous 1915 silent film on the Civil War, Birth of a Nation, originally presented at The Moore in 1916. Paul Miller looks at the cinematic genius of legendary silent filmmaker D.W. Griffith and the social impact of the film then and now. The early theatre and movie history of The Moore Theatre will be explored in context with Black History Month. A post-film discussion follows. In addition, from 6 - 7 pm, various areas of The Moore Theatre will be occupied by members Spectrum Dance Theater's cast from The Minstrel Show Revisited, reflecting on the early history of the theatre, and the early 1900's era in which D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation film was released.
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he is the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He's produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy.
Miller's deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry(2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Mad Professor. Another of Miller's collaborations, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono's recent album Yes, I'm a Witch.
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller will demonstrate and explore selections from his latest albums and multimedia projects including “Of Water and Ice," expanding the concept of DJ and Hip hop with elements of conceptual art, sound art, layering, collage, loops, and layers. He will also be discussing how technology has shaped creativity throughout history and continues to guide how we actualize the future.