Paul D Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Founder & Design Principal
Paul D. Miller aka DJ SPOOKY (www.djspooky.com) is a composer, multimedia artist and writer. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and The Wire amongst other publications. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in a wide variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His work New York Is Now has been exhibited in the Africa Pavilion of the 52 Venice Biennial 2007, and the Miami/Art Basel fair of 2007. Miller’s first collection of essays, entitled Rhythm Science came out on MIT Press 2004. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media was recently released by MIT Press. Miller’s deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Mad Professor. Miller’s latest collaborative release, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others. He also produced material on Yoko Ono’s recent album Yes, I’m a Witch.
DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation was commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Weiner Festwochen; and the Festival d’Automne a Paris. It was the artist’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed in venues around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times. The DVD version of Rebirth of a Nation was released by Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media in late 2008.
DJ Spooky’s multimedia performance piece Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica was commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival; The Hopkins Center/Dartmouth College; UCSB Arts & Lectures; Melbourne International Arts Festival; and the Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. With video projections and a score composed by DJ Spooky, performed by a piano quartet, Terra Nova: Sinfornia Antarctica is a portrait of a rapidly transforming continent.
In August 2009, DJ Spooky visited the Republic of Nauru in the Micronesian South Pacific to do research and gather material for a project in development, with a working title of The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture.
DJ Spooky’s CD The Secret Song was released on October 6, 2009 on Thirsty Ear Records. With guest appearances by Thurston Moore, The Coup, Mike G. of the Jungle Brothers, Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners, Mike Ladd, Vijay Iyer, and many others, The Secret Song is a manifesto about our overloaded digital culture.
Co-Founder Island Innovation lab
Selena Griffith is a Senior Lecturer in Design Studies at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (www.cofa.unsw.edu.au), Australia. She has had a successful commercial career in Design Management working for a number of Global Brands and as an entrepreneur (www.grifinkites.com) pioneering wind powered extreme sports. Her passions are design, design management, design thinking, social innovation, cross disciplinary collaboration, whole systems change making, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, leadership and education. Selena is hands on in her approach and practices action research methods through her roles as a Local Government Councillor representing the North Ward of Pittwater (www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au), CoFounder of Social Innovation Sydney (www.socialinnovationsydney.
Selena is passionate about developing resilient communities with capacity for change-making using whole systems approaches to developing, delivering and sharing knowledge about local solutions to global problems.
R. David Gibbs
Renewables Feasibility Study Engineer
Built Environment Consultant
On-Site Whole Systems Design
Islands First, 501(c)3
Tanna Cultural & Stakeholder Council
Namas Mitané Village
Imanir Ilis Village
Chief Jimmy Tom Lumé
New York Advisory Board
Founder of Wikipedia
Founder of Performa, The Kitchen
Founder IDEO, Laptop Inventor
John S Johnson
Founder of Eyebeam Gallery
Founder of Sustainable South Bronx
Filmmaker & Arts NGO Counsel
International Art and Heritage Counsel