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Artist, composer and writer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, explores Afrofuturism through this multimedia presentation —an innovative synthesis of digital and multimedia technology, music, performance and cultural theory. Using video turntableism and futurist sensibilities, DJ Spooky’s performance reveals that beyond its sci-fi dimension, Afrofuturism traverses, as author Ytasha Womack asserts, “the intersection between black culture, technology, the imagination, liberation and

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Paul Miller

Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), a graduate of Bowdoin College, is a writer, artist and musician who lives and works in NYC. He is the author of award winning Rhythm Science (2005); Sound Unbound (2008) and The Book of Ice (2011). His newest book is The Imaginary App. Miller’s work has been exhibited at museums and biennials throughout the world. He has performed in a wide variety of venues including The Tate Modern, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Herod Atticus Theater at the Acropolis, and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists from Chuck D to Yoko Ono. The iPhone app he developed with Music Soft Arts has been downloaded several million times.


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