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The Man Behind the Music

Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, as a MICA artist-in-residence

Posted 01.01.14 by mica communications

Paul Miller, DJ Spooky. Photo by Roberto Masotti.

"Travel is a component of creativity," said Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, who is in residency at MICA through spring 2014.

The artist-in-residence program gives Miller an intimate look at what MICA has to offer as a leading art and design school, while providing him space away from his usual environment to cultivate relationships in the Baltimore community, collaborate on projects, and create work.

Working under the School for Professional and Continuing Studies, Miller is teaching classes for the MPS in Information Visualization and MBA/MA in Design Leadership programs, as well as creating a multimedia opera that will be performed for the first time at MICA in fall 2014.

The experimental artist is best known for his music. His most recent recording is Of Water And Ice, an album generated by his residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012-2013. However, Miller exemplifies the definition of an interdisciplinary artist, working as a composer, developer, editor, and author.

LISTEN: Of Water And Ice album

His latest undertakings with technology include the DJ Spooky app in which users imitate a DJ's techniques, and contributing music and narration to a Smithsonian Institution app for the traveling exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.


Miller ventures into the literary arts as well, as the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine, a bimonthly publication centered on the conscious lifestyle; co-editor of The Imaginary App Book, featuring writers, artists, and theoreticians who challenge the limits of technological assistance; and author of The Book of Ice, which examines Antarctica in relation to climate change and society's connection to nature.


"When I was in Antarctica, that was one of the most vivid experiences of my adult life and I was just trying to figure out how to communicate that with people," he said.

Miller has deepened his involvement in the international arts community through a partnership with the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation to build the Tanna Center for The Arts, an artists' retreat that will include a digital media lab and center for island-restorative education.

READ: About Tanna Center for The Arts

His projects are part of a creative process, which he explains, "Global culture is about different approaches to what we consider creativity. It's not about standard, it's not about one or the other, but about the celebration of many radical points of view."

Top image caption: Paul Miller, DJ Spooky. Photo by Roberto Masotti.

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