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Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky: "Electric Imaginary: Compositions Inspired by Nam June Paik"

Join composer, multimedia artist, and writer Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky and guest artists as they perform Electric Imaginary, a lush sensory blend of Korean traditional sounds with digital music and video, to close out the Smithsonian’s Korean Film Festival DC in style at the Freer Gallery of Art.

This virtual string quartet/installation performance is based on American cellist Charlotte Moorman’s collaborations with celebrated Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), known as the father of modern video art, in his early multimedia experiments, and was commissioned by Asia Society in 2014. Also featured are selections from Seoul Counterpoint, a composition that explores the resonance of the new urban landscape of Seoul in juxtaposition with New York, commissioned by Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2014. Equally inspired by Nam June Paik in this work, Miller collages a new urban landscape in sound and image.

Nam June Paik once said, “the future is now.” His work has been highly influential on many artists over the last decade and for this Smithsonian performance, Miller pays homage to the work of this important artist with a group of digital media compositions that reflect the complex connections of modern, 21st-century art and music.

The Korean Film Festival DC runs through June 25, offering more than 25 screenings at the Freer Gallery and AFI Silver Theatre. All Freer Gallery screenings are free and no RSVP is required. For complete schedule and admission details, visit here.

This performance is sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. as part of the Korean Film Festival DC. Seoul Counterpoint was originally produced by La MaMa in association with CultureHub, and created with the support of the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Paik Variations was originally produced and commissioned by Asia Society.

WHAT: Electric Imaginary: Compositions Inspired by Nam June Paik and selections from Seoul Counterpoint
WHO: Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Rami Seo (gayageum), Danielle Cho (cello), Matvei Sigalov (violin)
WHEN: Sunday, June 21 @ 5 p.m.
WHERE: Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art (1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20560)
HOW: No RSVP required. Seating is first come first served starting at 4:30 p.m.

DJ Spooky and Jonah Bokaer's 'Paik Variations I-III' © Asia Society

About the Performers 

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller’s award-winning book “Rhythm Science” was published by MIT Press 2004, and was followed by “Sound Unbound,” an anthology about electronic music and digital media, in 2008.

Rami Seo, accomplished gayageum artist, was born in Seoul, Korea and is the protégé of world class maestros and several of Korea’s most revered National Cultural Living Treasure title-holders. Winner of multiple performing arts competitions, Ms. Seo has graced many renowned stages throughout the United States, Korea, China, Panama, Nicaragua and Japan.

Cellist Danielle Cho enjoys an exciting and varied musical career.  Based in Washington D.C., she frequently performs with the Washington National Opera and National Philharmonic and is co-founder of the dynamic chamber ensemble Sound Impact.

Matvei Sigalov was born in Samara, Russia and since his early childhood music has  been the main focus in his life. Since his arrival in the U.S. 12 years ago, he's been active on the East Coast music scene and established himself as one of the premier improvising violinists.