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The Museum of Modern Art presents DJ Spooky's Rebirth of aNation, a weeklong run of composer, multimedia artist, and writer Paul D. Miller's (a.k.a DJSpooky That Subliminal Kid) film Rebirth of aNation (2008), a deconstruction and remix ofD.W. Griffith's highly controversial but landmark The Birth of a Nation (1915), from June 22through 28, 2009. As one of the critical repositories of the work of D.W. Griffith, MoMA willprovide audiences the opportunity to experience Miller's reworking of this American masterwork inthe context of the original with two screenings of MoMA's print of The Birth of a Nation on June 25and June 27.

Rebirth of aNation was originally commissioned as a live, multimedia performance thatpremiered at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York (2008) and was subsequently performed atmore than 50 international venues, including the Festival d'Automne á Paris, the Spoleto FestivalUSA, and the Vienna Festwochen.For the theatrical film version, produced by Starz Media/Anchor Bay Films, Miller takesGriffith's original work, which is set during and after the American Civil War and provokedcontroversy for its treatment of white supremacy and its positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan,and applies a "DJ re-mix." Using his skills as a DJ to mash music and film techniques, he recontextualizesGriffith's achievement and places the original film in a moral framework, drawingstriking parallels between socio-political conflicts in America during Griffith's era and today. Thefilm features Miller's original score, performed and recorded by the Kronos Quartet.Miller will be present to introduce the opening night screening on June 22, and willparticipate in a post-screening discussion.Paul D. Miller (American, b. 1970) is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer, whosework has been seen in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Biennial (1997/2001);The Venice Biennial for Architecture (2000); the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna;The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Art Basel Miami Beach fair (2007). He is theauthor of two books, Rhythm Science (2004) and Sound Unbound (2008), and has producednotable compilations, remixes, and collections of music. --© MoMA NY

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Mix [it] up, Mr. DJ; don't just sample the hate wholesale.

June 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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DJ Spooky's 'Rebirth of a Nation' is an admirable fusion film in its own right.

June 28, 2009 | Full Review…

Despite its verbose flaws, the work is a succinct sampling of performance-art-meets-multimedia. When the film is left to its own devices and giddied-up by the scratching and booming base there's genuine verve jumping off the screen.

June 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Birth of a Nation itself is a set of cinematic training wheels.

June 22, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Can Spooky's version of Gone with the Wind be far behind, edited so that Rhett Butler and the rest of the Rebels get exactly what they deserve?

June 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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