The New Social Environment#200

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei and Paul D. Miller

 

9 a.m. Eastern / 6 a.m. Pacific

Join us for a conversation with artist Ai Weiwei and Rail Editor-at-Large Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky). We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Mirene Arsanios.

Please note that this conversation will start at 9am ET / 2pm GMT.

In this talk

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei
Photo courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio

Renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world, from architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai Weiwei uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Ai Weiwei: Resetting Memories at MARCO in Monterrey, Ai Weiwei: Bare Life at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in St. Louis, Ai Weiwei at the K20/K21 in Dusseldorf, and Good Fences Make Good Neighbors with the Public Art Fund in New York City.

Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Photo by Janeil Pietzrak
Composer, multimedia artist, and writer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) makes work that immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae. He is an Editor-at-Large of the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Mirene Arsanios reading.

Mirene Arsanios

Mirene Arsanios
Poet and author Mirene Arsanios co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. Her next book, The Autobiography of a Language, is forthcoming with Futurepoem (2021).