Paul Miller, AKA DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a writer, musician, conceptual artist, and DJ, whose talk about creativity, sampling and mix-tape culture was easily the highlight of our trip to the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City last month.
He opened that talk by declaring, "Art is the ultimate renewable resource," then proceeded to demonstrate this by way of the historical, cultural, artistic and technological influences he weaved together to create his performance. Miller's own artistic resources certainly seem infinitely renewable; witness the numerous collaborative ventures he's launched, including an iPhone app that can serve as a DJ's mixing board, the book Sound Unbound, and the film Copyright Criminals.
Miller, a Professor of Music Mediated Art at the European Graduate School, has been featured in venues from The Tate Modern to The Museum of Modern Art, and his performance in Houston tonight is presented by the Houston Museum of African American Culture. (The HMAAC is the newest addition to the museum district, recently acquiring 4807 Caroline street, which is under renovation and will serve as the Museum's new home starting in 2012.)
The performance itself will be at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Brown Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. (and still on schedule despite the weather at the time of posting)
Since at this point we'd follow him more or less anywhere, braving a little ice to see DJ Spooky perform "The Secret Song" with a chamber group tonight at the MFAH is a real no-brainer. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Optional note: The weather panic being what it is tonight, we imagine there's a chance this event will be canceled. If the show goes on, we'll brave all manner of ice and snow to get there; but if not, we'll console ourselves by digging into Spooky's extensive online oeuvre:
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