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April 21, 2005

Subliminal Advertising

A colleague just reminded me that Atlanta College of Art and Design is sponsoring DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation, a performance by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. The perforamce is scheduled for Friday, April 22, 2005, at 8:00 pm in the Atlanta Symphony Hall. General Admission Tickets are $15 or $10 with a valid student I.D.

Rebirth is a "remix" of DW Griffith's notorious 1915 film, Birth of a Nation. In his essay about the film, DJ Spooky comments that "By remixing the film along the lines of dj culture, I hoped to create a counter-narrative, one where the story implodes on itself, one where new stories arise out the ashes of that explosion." I've only seen segments of the Griffith original, but I'll be interested to see how DJ Spooky remixes it. It looks like general admission seating, so if anyone is interested in going let me know (in the comments or by email).

Posted by chuck at April 21, 2005 1:34 PM

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If I was anywhere within driving distance of Atlanta, I'd be the first on the list.

In an American Lit. class on the idea of "frontiers" this semester I showed clips from Birth of a Nation and the short clip from Rebirth of a Nation on DJ Spooky's website. Though I'm sure it's absolutely nothing in comparison to seeing it live. Plus, he's got this interesting theoretical notion of "social circuitry" . . . Definitely report back on the performance.

Posted by: Jennifer at April 21, 2005 6:24 PM

Will do. I had a chance to hear an interview with him on the local college radio station, and he certainly had some interesting things to say.

Posted by: Chuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2005 9:56 AM

just chiming in with a request for a postmortem. He's an interesting person, but I haven't managed to make up my mind whether he really has something lasting to contribute.

Posted by: laura at April 23, 2005 6:17 AM

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