The New Social Environment#304

Dustin Yellin with Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)

A conversation on art, science, and the environment


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist and Founder of Pioneer Works Dustin Yellin joins Rail Editor-at-Large Paul D. Miller (aka DJ spooky) for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Travis Chi Wing Lau.

In this talk

Dustin Yellin

Dustin Yellin at his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, flanked by two of his see-through sculptures. Credit: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times
Photo by Danny Ghitis for The New York Times
An artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York, Dustin Yellin is the Founder and Director of Pioneer Works, a multidisciplinary cultural center that builds community through the arts and sciences to create an open and inspired world. In tandem to his institution-building social practice, Yellin’s artwork makes the hidden forces of nature and commerce legible. Drawing on both modernism and the sacral tradition of Hinterglas painting, Yellin primarily works through a unique form of 3-dimensional photomontage, in which paint and images clipped from various print media are embedded within laminated glass sheets to form grand pictographic allegories, which the artist calls “frozen cinema.” He holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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) 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 for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Travis Chi Wing Lau reading.

Travis Chi Wing Lau

Travis Chi Wing Lau
Travis Chi Wing Lau
Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College, Travis Chi Wing Lau’s research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, health humanities, and disability studies. Alongside his scholarship, Lau frequently writes for venues of public scholarship like Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities, Public Books, Lapham’s Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His poetry has appeared in Barren Magazine, Wordgathering, Glass, South Carolina Review, Foglifter, and The New Engagement, as well as in two chapbooks, The Bone Setter (Damaged Goods Press, 2019) and Paring (Finishing Line Press, 2020).

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