Quantopia | Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)

Oct 1, 2020 - Nov 7, 2020


As an online-only exhibition, Robischon Gallery presents a timely, collaborative video work by New York based composer/multimedia artist Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). Entitled Quantopia, and defined as the utopia of quantification – the dream that we can count, measure, and weigh everything and reach a perfect understanding of the world despite its paradoxes – compellingly meets, in video form, the charged, national dialogue surrounding the 2020 Presidential election. With its inventive and complex expression, which highlights Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Miller reflects upon the pressing issues of inclusion and exclusion from a kind of real/unreal other-worldly perspective, through a combination of choral performance and experimental digital means.

Shown in this current excerpted virtual format, the TED Salon Talk and original hour-long live performance of Quantopia was conceived by artist Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), along with data artist Greg Niemeyer. Sponsored by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the work in its entirety premiered in 2019 at California's Yerba Buena Center, in collaboration with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Classical Revolution String Quartet, Internet Archive, mathematician Roger Antonsen, and VR studio Medium Labs.