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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, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antactica. Book of Ice is ...
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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, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antactica. Book of Ice is one aspect of this ongoing project.
In light of climate change and tireless human enterprise to be present everywhere on the planet, Miller uses Antarctica as a point on entry for contemplating humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Using photographs and film stills from his journey to the bottom of the world, along with original artworks and re-appropriated archival materials, Miller ponders how Antarctica could liberate itself from the rest of the world. Part fictional manifesto, part history and part science book, Book of Ice furthers Miller’s reputation as an innovative artist capable of making the old look new.
The Book of Ice contains an introduction by celebrated physicist Brian Greene, author of the bestselling Fabric of the Cosmos.
"This is not cool, this is freezing. I still have frostbite."
"A rare mind encounters a rare place—this is an entirely new take on the bottom of the world, very cool (but getting warmer)."
—Bill McKibben, American environmentalist, journalist, and author
"Antarctica is full of wonder. Paul D Miller has visited and returned with treasure. You hold in your hand interviews, photographs, histories, architectural plans, propaganda, sheet music, hyperlinks and a manifesto demanding that you never set foot there. This is work as unbounded and untameable as the continent itself. Read it and feel dislocated in the best possible way."
—Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing
Posted July 20, 2011
As the encyclopedia defines the author, 'Paul D. Miller known by his stage name DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid (born in 1970), is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his fans as "illbient" or "trip hop". He is a turntablist, a producer, a philosopher, and an author. He borrowed his stage name from the character The Subliminal Kid in the novel Nova Express by William S. Burroughs. He is a Professor of Music Mediated Art at the European Graduate School.' In this strikingly original and well-designed book this amazing man makes his case for a worldwide appreciation for the majesty and complex history of the Antarctica. In writing this book, an aspect of his multi-dimensional performance art TERRA NOVA: SINFONIA ANTARCTICA, Miller combines interviews, with Princeton Professor Elena Glasberg on his TERRA NOVA project and with Tobias C. Van Veen about the concept of Afrofuturism, historical photographs of the many expeditions to the Antarctica, pure graphic design informed by Miller's music, maps, and important observations about climate change and the entire realm of global ecology and the future of this planet.
One of the many interesting 'essay' or discussions with the reader is Miller's history of the land that belongs to no man - beginning in 350 BC through the naming of the Straits of Magellan in 1519 through events in expeditions and in literature that focused attention of this vast continent to the 1959 Antarctica Treaty agreeing that the continent be demilitarized and 'shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes' through the events in the 1990 and in the decade of 2000 that threatened to alter the wildlife of the continent to the 2007-2008 travel by Miller to the Antarctica when he wrote the TERRA NOVA (a digital media symphony). And as if this weren't enough to stimulate the interest of the reader, Miller introduces a series of graphic designs that declare his intention for a People's Republic of Antarctica.
Miller has selected his obsession with the continent of Antarctica as a focus to examine man's relationship to the natural world. His opening description of the gradual evolution of the fiery hot planet that took billions of years to cool to the point that ice could form allows his a platform to talk about the possibility of the retrograde action that is already in progress. This is the artful work of a sensitive man, a man gifted in many areas of art and philosophy who has elected to place before the public a Book of Ice that is instructive, entertaining, and a deeply thought provoking book of wonder. The book is in the hands of Mark Batty Publisher so the quality of the design of the book is a given.