Sloughing, Sloughy, Slought: A Soirée with DJ Spooky

Has our name ever confused you? Does it mean anything? Do you know how to pronounce it?


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Design
  • Performance


DJ Spooky's performance supported by the English Department, UPenn

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4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

"Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas—only I don't exactly know what they are!," said Alice in Through the Looking Glass. She could have been referring to Slought, Philadelphia's cultural octopussarian -- just the organization to throw a conceptual dance party.

Join us at Slought on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 7-9pm to celebrate our birthday and the launch of our new identity. It has been eleven and a half years (exactly 600 weeks, 4200 days, 100,800 hours, 6,048,000 minutes, or 362,880,000 seconds) since we began. We are slowly outpacing our precociousness and are excited to mark the occasion by dropping the term "Foundation" from our name - a performative strategy that enabled our beginnings.

As we continually challenge ourselves to engage our communities in new ways, we invite you to join us for a celebration featuring Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky spinning the Slought media archives together with violinist Melanie R. Hill, as well as introductory remarks by Aaron Levy. A selection of drinks and snacks will be served, including sangria, sugar cubes, and other servings.

DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. He has produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and was recently an artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, among others. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title from MIT Press.

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In 2014, we launch our new organizational identity, which we have developed over the past three years through an intensive and multi-disciplinary exchange involving Slought communities, the graphic design firm Project Projects (New York, USA), design and communication firm Saylor + Sirola (New York, USA), and the programming firm Systemantics Gmbh (Viersen, Germany).

Together, we have produced a new and exciting identity that radically transforms how Slought operates in Philadelphia, the world, and the cloud.

Slought values negotiation and responsiveness to individual concerns and aspirations. This performative approach to cultural production has not always been apparent to our publics. We are excited to make this legible through our new website and digital archive, and to foreground the many partnerships and economies that enable our work.

Special thanks to The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The PEW Center for Arts and Heritage for their generous support.

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