DJ Spooky \ Rebirth of a Nation (2009)
Nearly 100 years after DW Griffith’s epic Birth of a Nation was released, DJ Spooky (aka Paul D Miller) has applied a “DJ mix” to one of the most revered and reviled films ever made. Miller’s reading of the overt racism depicted in a Reconstruction-era South hurtles Griffith’s images into the 21st Century, a socio-political landscape that has evolved beyond all expectations. Using cinematic history as the starting point for critique, not only of a horrifying past, but for a new vision that interrogates what we think of multi-culturalism, in a world that is rapidly becoming Americanised.
DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of A Nation was commissioned by The Lincoln Center Festival, Festival D’Automne à Paris, Spoleto Festival USA and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna). Additional support was provided by the American Center Foundation and Mass MOCA
Image credit: DJ Spooky
- Fri 25th Sep 2009
- St George's Hall, Liverpool