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Arctic Rhythms
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky

7:30 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Experience the polar regions as never before through the eclectic artistry of composer, author, musician, and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. Revered in the hip-hop world as a master turntablist, Miller is a sonic artist who hears music in almost everything—from visual forms and economic theory to the great outdoors. In 2007 and 2008, Miller undertook two expeditions to Antarctica to shoot a film and create an acoustic portrait of the rapidly changing continent. That led to his celebrated 2011 publication The Book of Ice and his 2013 album Of Water and Ice. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Miller traveled to the Arctic Circle in 2014 and came away with the inspiration for another volume of music, Arctic Rhythms. Accompanied at Eisenhower Auditorium by a Penn State School of Music graduate student string quartet (violinists Gabriella Stout and Michael Divino, violist John Roxburgh, and cellist Liu Pai), Miller creates an evocative multimedia trip through the Arctic landscape. He juxtaposes images with live and recorded hip-hop, electronic, and minimalist music to create a unique experience. Miller has previously collaborated with an array of musicians, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. MIT Press published his award-winning book Rhythm Science in 2004. The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum have featured his writing, and he’s the editor of Origin Magazine. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial for Architecture, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, and other museums and galleries throughout the world.

Adult $28
University Park Student $12
18 and Younger $18

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Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown

support provided by
Sidney and Helen S. Friedman Endowment
William E. McTurk Endowment

program partners
The Polar Center at Penn State
Fostering understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the Polar Regions through outreach, education, and research.
Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Involving artists and humanists in every kind of discussion and debate about what it means to be human

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Dinner at the co.space with Paul D. Miller

7:00 pm Sunday, March 20, 2016

The co.space home
244 E. Nittany Ave., State College

Join environmentalist, writer, and composer Paul D. Miller for dinner and discussion. Admission is $10 and is payable at the door on the evening of the meal. For reservations, go to the co.space dinner.

Rebirth of a Nation screening and discussion

7:30 pm Monday, March 21, 2016

HUB-Robeson Center
Freeman Auditorium

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to a free screening of DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director. Topics of discussion include racial imagery and cultural (mis)representation, the tools used to reimagine contemporary cinema, and the history of African-American remix culture. Michael Bérubé, director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State, moderates a post-screening question-and-answer session.

Polar Day Keynote Presentation Featuring Paul D. Miller

12:00 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

HUB-Robeson Center
Freeman Auditorium

Free and open to the public

The public is welcome to attend a multimedia presentation by Paul D. Miller about his publication The Book of Ice, which was inspired by his journey to Antarctica. The presentation includes a question-and-answer session.

Anderson Lecture by Paul D. Miller

3:00 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Palmer Museum of Art
Palmer Lipcon Auditorium

Free and open to the public

The public is invited to hear Paul D. Miller talk about his body of artistic work.

The John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series has provided support.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Paul D. Miller, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.