Artful Explorations of Activism

As a universal language, the arts have always been an effective tool for addressing social issues. By striving to enact change through artistic expression, one can explore the concept of Artivism. Also referred to as activist art, Artivism is a form of social protest that addresses cultural and political concerns through creative mediums. Artivism is much more than an innovative tactic; it is a practice that attempts to inspire positive change in society. 

In addition to using traditional mediums like film and music to raise awareness and create avenues for change, Artivists can express their views through dance, spoken word, visual arts, street art, hip hop, sculpture (as in the recent installation “Fearless Girl” on Wall Street), and other creative means.

Monmouth University Center for the Arts will address Artivism throughout the 2017-2018 season across disciplines utilizing exhibitions, musical performances, and the literary and theatre arts. 

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Oct 02

6:00 PM
Pollak Theatre

Artful Explorations of Activism

Multimedia Performance: Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky’s The Book of Ice

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will visit Monmouth University to present his The Book of Ice—a multimedia performance and discussion he will stage with musicians from campus. Antarctica, the only uninhabited continent, belongs to no single country, and has no government. While certain countries lay claim to portions of the landmass, it is the only solid land on the planet with no unified national affiliation. Drawing on the continent’s rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Miller has put together his own multidisciplinary study of Antarctica. The Book of Ice is one aspect of this ongoing project. In this talk, Miller discusses his journeys to Antarctica, climate change, and the creation of The Book of Ice, using Antarctica-related data to create maps, graphics, sound, music and multimedia performances.

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