Paul D. Miller AKA Dj Spooky in Residence at the Yale Quantum Institute

September 3, 2021

Update on January 12, 2022

Due to the surge of covid cases and the January 7, 2022 change of university policy, we regret to have to end early the residency of Paul Miller. Given that the main goal of the residency is an active collaboration between the artists and the YQI researchers, we believe this change will prevent us from fully exploring and doing justice to this challenging project. 

After a year of hiatus, the Yale Quantum Institute continues its artist-in-residence program to explore art as a medium with the goal to increase our understanding and discourse of quantum physics.
Starting this month, we will welcome multimedia artist, composer and writer Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky. His work 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. Miller also worked with renowned physicists like Brian Greene, Marcelo Gleiser, Stephon Alexander, and Janna Levin. His 2018 album, DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall, debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae.
His large-scale, multimedia performance pieces include Rebirth of a Nation, Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Seoul Counterpoint, written during his 2014 residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts. His multimedia project Quantopia: The Evolution of the Internet was commissioned by San Francisco’s Internet Archive in 2019. He was the inaugural artist-in-residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Met Reframed, 2012-2013.

In 2014, he was named National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He produced Pioneers of African American Cinema, a collection of the earliest films made by African American directors, released in 2015. Miller’s artwork has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries.
His writing received praises, and include the award-winning Rhythm Science, published by MIT Press in 2004; Sound Unbound, an anthology about digital music and media; The Book of Ice, a visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, and; The Imaginary App, on how apps changed the world. His writing has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, and he was the first founding Executive Editor of Origin Magazine.

In this role, Miller will interact with our faculty members, researchers, and students, attend our colloquia and events, and produce data-driven multimedia immersive artwork based on the work of YQI researchers and their collaboration.
Miller will give a nontechnical talk about his art practice at the intersection of art and science on October 7 at YQI.
Additional public events will be hosted at YQI to showcase the work Miller and the YQI members will create during the residency. To be informed of the upcoming events, consider subscribing to YQI public events newsletter or check our calendar.

To learn more about our artist-in-residence program or our previous artists, visit