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DJ Spooky 

When: Thu., April 26, 9 a.m. 2012
Price: $20

Some artists might be perturbed to find they have wider name recognition in the Ivory Tower than in the club circuit, but Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, seems to relish it. Not only that, he deliberately circumscribes his work in an academic sphere, with work that references Marshall McLuhan and Jean Cocteau, as well as a slew of avant-garde forbears (he's apparently a disciple of saxophonist Ornette Coleman). While other turntablists mix and match beats for aesthetic purposes, Spooky is a more deliberate and determined pastiche artist. His 2004 work Rebirth of a Nation subverted the original D.W. Griffith film about white supremacy and the founding of the West, and included dance choreography by Bill T. Jones. (Note: "Ivory" tower might actually be a misnomer.) Now, he's fixated on technology, access, and the digital divide. He'll discuss those issues and more at a conference called "Swinging and Flowing: Inclusion and Diversity in the Age of Data," which was organized by Greg Niemeyer, Charles Henry, and local DJ Cecil Brown (of People Party fame). Other speakers include local filmmaker Kevin Epps and UC Santa Cruz professor Soraya Murray. Hosted by an the adventurously-named Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the conference will take place in Banatao Auditorium (Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley campus) on Thursday, Apr. 26. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., $20. Include.Eventbrite.com

— Rachel Swan

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