Met Museum Presents The Met Reframed - DJ Spooky in Residence in the 2012-13 Season
The Met Reframed, an unprecedented Metropolitan Museum artist residency, breaks new ground as a collaboration between artist and institution. The Met's Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts & Lectures, conceived this year-long association as an opportunity to engage the curiosity and talents of the composer, multimedia artist, and writer, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid with the extensive artistic and human resources of the Museum to create both new work and dialogues between artists, scholars, curators, and museum visitors.
When speaking at the press conference announcing the first season of Met Museum Presents, the Museum's newly renamed series of performances and talks of which The Met Reframed is a centerpiece, Paul Miller put it this way: "The role of the museum as preserving history vs. the idea of the artist as someone who interrogates history is going to be one of the themes for the residency. We'll be playing with this idea of playfulness in its own right, and above all thinking about applying this notion of musicality to the physical space of the museum...reframing the idea of what a museum does to art."
From October 2012 through June 2013, Paul Miller will engage with a wide variety of audiences at the Met. In addition to headlining five major performances, he will host events for audiences including New York City public school teachers, artists, Met Museum curators and educators, and the general public. Among the performance events are a newly commissioned work inspired by and incorporating images from the upcoming exhibition Photography and the American Civil War; a concert inspired by Oceania's musical legacy; a performance of DJ Spooky's original re-score to the Korean film Madame Freedom with a film screening; and a participatory concert using DJ Spooky's iPhone/iPad app.
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid is a composer, multimedia artist, writer, and DJ. His recorded output includes remixes of music ranging from Wu-Tang Clan, Metallica, and Bob Marley to classical/new music legends Steve Reich and the Kronos Quartet, and he has DJ'ed major festivals including Bonnaroo and Power to the Peaceful. His work as a media artist has been featured at the Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennial, and Miami/Art Basel; and his first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was released by MIT Press in 2004, followed by Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media (MIT Press, 2008).
"For me, it's such an honor to work with the Met from the viewpoint of sampling," continues Paul Miller. "I want to make a vibrant reflection of this incredible collection of materials from all over the world. My residency will be a fun festival of ideas. From the South Pacific to Asia, from the Civil War to 3D photography, from Antarctica to environmental activism, I want to show that music and art are always in dialogue."
"Through engagement with our collection, living artists can animate gallery spaces, shed new light on the collection, and poetically transfer the power of artwork poetically to visitors," said Limor Tomer. "Paul Miller is an omnivorous and articulate artist who connects deeply and emotionally with diverse audiences and can engage with many different types of communities. In many ways he is the ideal performer to inaugurate this program: his capacity for experimentation is very high, and his collaborative spirit supports collective 'open source' program design."
Met Museum Presents, the Metropolitan Museum's series of performances and talks, offers interpretations of and reflections on the Museum's collection, special exhibitions, and tradition through the work of some of today's most celebrated composers and performing artists.
Tickets to the events are available at www.metmuseum.org/tickets or by calling 212-570-3949.