Public talk by DJ Spooky
NDSU’S Barry Hall
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 – 9 p.m.
$5 donation requested
FRESH: a graffiti and hip-hop festival
Plains Art Museum
Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$10 / $20 meet and greet
Learn more at plainsart.org
Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will give a talk and a couple of performances over the next couple days to help celebrate Plains Art Museum’s opening of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. It’s an opportunity for the F-M area to experience both his incredible talent as a musician and his considerable expertise as a cultural theorist.
Miller is an exceptional DJ, but he has also taken on a role as spokesperson for what has become defined as “remix culture,” a set of theories that explore culture as a nonlinear system of redistributing cultural signifiers in novel ways using available technologies. Think web memes mixing images and messages, or Auto-Tune the News, or Bad Lip Reading.
Miller’s recent TEDxAustin talk, above, is a great primer. We’ve Storified a bunch of Miller’s videos and talks from across the internet, too, if you’re curious. As the internet continues to pervade our discussions about culture (and continues to be the source of that culture), Miller’s explorations into remix theory ring truer and truer.