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YBCA Presents: QUANTOPIA: THE EVOLUTION OF THE INTERNET

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 700 Howard Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)
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Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm | Yerba Center for the Arts

Composed by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Featuring DJ Spooky, Classical Revolution and San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Artistic Director
Visual design by Greg Niemeyer 
Additional visual design by MEDIUMLABS and Roger Antonsen 

QUANTOPIA, 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— brings new, fresh perspectives on the 50-year evolution of information technology. Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said that the new media “works us over completely. It is so pervasive in its personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that it leaves no part of us untouched, unaffected, un-altered.”

Teaming up with The Internet Archive and data artist Greg Niemeyer, composer and multimedia artist Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky created QUANTOPIA, an hour-long multi-sensory journey illuminating ever-present issues of inclusion and exclusion, echo chambers and small-world phenomena. A celebration of the history of the Internet, QUANTOPIA is a tribute to the depth and high stakes of free speech and creative expression involved in our daily use of media.

The Internet Archive commissioned work by DJ Spooky is among the first 10 recipients of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an $8 million commissioning initiative that is the largest of its kind in the United States.

Presented in association with YBCA, and produced by Sozo Artists with additional support from Sozo Impact.


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