World Premiere: Teaming up with Internet Archive and data artist Greg Niemeyer, composer/multimedia artist Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky created QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet, featuring performances by DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus.
QUANTOPIA, defined as the utopia of quantification —the dream that we can count, measure, and weigh everything and reach a perfect understanding of the world despite its paradoxes— brings new, fresh perspectives on the 50-year evolution of information technology. Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said that the new media “works us over completely. It is so pervasive in its personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that it leaves no part of us untouched, unaffected, un-altered.”
DJ Spooky creates live loops and layers of sound, enveloped by data visualization, live strings and youth choir. The hour-long experience is a multi-sensory journey illuminating ever-present issues of inclusion and exclusion, echo chambers and small-world phenomena. A celebration of the history of the Internet, QUANTOPIA is a tribute to the depth and high stakes of free speech and creative expression involved in our daily use of media.
QUANTOPIA is commissioned by the Internet Archive, created with funding from a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and presented in association with YBCA. Produced by Sozo Artists, Inc. with additional support from Sozo Impact, Inc.
QUANTOPIA: The Evolution of the Internet
Composed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Visual design by Greg Niemeyer
Additional visual design by MEDIUMLABS and Roger Antonsen
Featuring performances by DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Valérie Sainte-Agathe
For more information please visit quantopia.info. Please stay for a brief post-performance discussion.
Regular admission: $25
Super fan: $75
The Super Fan package includes one concert ticket, a download of QUANTOPIA music tracks by DJ Spooky, and a drink ticket. All Super Fans will be entered to win a signed copy of DJ Spooky’s latest book ‘The Imaginary App.’
“ With everything he does, he recombines information so that he can make new points, get across new ideas. ”CNN
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with a vast array of artists and cultural figures, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D; Steve Reich to Yoko Ono. Miller was the first Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered his work ﬁA Civil War Symphonyﬂ in 2013. In 2014, Miller was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an honor recognizing visionaries at the forefront of global problem solving. Miller is the 2017-2018 recipient of The Hewlett 50 Arts Commission Award. Recent works include “Phantom Dancehall” with premier reggae label VP Records and his first blockchain album “The Invisible Hand” commissioned by SingularDTV.
Follow him on Twitter @djspooky.