Curator’s Statement: Paul D. Miller

Sinfonia Antarctica (The Book of Ice)

The Soviet architect, graphic designer, and collage artist Gustav Klutsis once said of his music-staging loudspeaker arrays: “Fantastic work. Looking for new media. Surface. Space. Construction.”

For the New York Photo Festival, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky takes a look at how the role of the “archive” of Antarctic history—in photography, graphic design, and contemporary composition—has shaped some of the ways we think about contemporary digital media aesthetics. In conjunction with NYPH’12, Miller will present material from his recent Book of Ice project through the prism of an intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image, and digital media installation. From the molecular structure of ice to the composition of atmospheric pollutants as they color the night skies, the material for Miller’s installation with NYPH’12 will explore the linkages between the physical realm of beautiful remote places like the ice fields of Antarctica, and the ethereal realms of digital media portraits of a rapidly changing world.

DJ Spooky will be spinning during the Opening Reception for the Festival. Wednesday, May 16 7:00 – 9:00 pm, POWERHOUSE Arena.

Paul D. Miller