3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
aka Paul D. Miller

Venue: IMAX Theater, Tech Museum of Innovation
Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15. Tickets Page

DJ Spooky/Paul D. Miller’s large scale multimedia performance work, Terra Nova, is an acoustic portrait of a rapidly changing continent. The Antarctic Suite transforms Miller’s first person encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. Miller’s field recordings from a portable studio set up to capture the acoustic qualities of Antarctic ice forms, reflect a changing and even vanishing environment under duress. Coupled with visual material from Getty Images’ vast collection, The Antarctic Suite is a seventy-minute performance, creating a unique and powerful moment around man’s relationship with nature.

The Antarctic Suite is an acoustic portrait of a rapidly transforming continent made of ice and condensation. In many ways, because there is little rain, the interior of the continent is technically one of the largest deserts in the world. What The Antarctic Suite proposes to do is explore the realm of fiction and ideas that underlie almost all perceptions of Antarctica – from the interior desert plains, to the Transantarctic Mountains that divide the continent, the Suite will take samples of the different conditions, and transform them into multi-media portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass.

The Antarctic Suite follows Miller’s highly acclaimed performance work DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation, which he has performed in Athens, London, Rome, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, New York, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, The University of Michigan, and at numerous other festivals, universities and theaters. The DVD of Rebirth of a Nation will be released by Starz Media (The Simpsons, King of the Hill) in early 2008.

This project is sponsored by Comerica Bank.