Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky): “The Republic of Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. It was, by consensus of several ‘Great Powers,’ used as a raw resource until there was literally nothing left. Nauru has been mined throughout the last two centuries for its phosphate deposits, which occupied 90% of the island. As a small territory with no [other] exploitable resources, in the 1990s Nauru turned to off-shore financing, and the creation of ‘virtual banks’ as a way of earning sorely needed foreign currency. The Nauru Elegies posits that Nauru is a reflection site of many of the issues facing our contemporary information economy.
“The music component of The Nauru Elegies reflects colonial and postcolonial issues facing the digital economy of the twenty-first century translated into a string quartet, while the literary and multimedia component of the project spatializes and formalizes otherwise invisible economic flows and irreversible ecological devastation. The Nauru Elegies is a technical synthesis of a live string ensemble, projected high-definition video footage, digital animation and live internet feed of GPS coordinates of specific aspects of the island and its physical and financial infrastructure. It is an orchestration of content retrieved and processed in multiple localities including research in New York City and documentation in Nauru. The Nauru Elegies is a statement of technology and media processes in the twenty-first century that is exponentially progressing to a more dematerialized and delocalized state.”
More info here: DJ Spooky—The Nauru Elegies: A live performance/multimedia event
Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art