Afrofuturism Unbound: tobias c. van Veen in conversation with Paul D. Miller


  • tobias c. van Veen McGill University


Afrofuturism, DJ Spooky, remix culture, DJ culture, film, media arts, electronic music, illbient, hip-hop, graffiti, D.W. Griffith, Birth of a Nation

Author Biography

tobias c. van Veen, McGill University

tobias c. van Veen, b. 1978, is a renegade theorist and turntablist, practitioner of the technology arts, and doctoral candidate in Philosophy & Communication Studies at McGill University. Since 1993 he has disseminated and exhibited work in sound, radio & net-art, working with STEIM, the New Forms Festival, the Banff Centre, Eyebeam, VIVO, MUTEK,, the Vancouver New Music Society and Hexagram. His writing on philosophy of technology, AfroFuturism & technoculture has been disseminated worldwide, appearing in CTheory, EBR, Bad Subjects, Leonardo, Locus Suspectus, FUSE, e/i, WIRE, HorizonZero, Dancecult and through Autonomedia, among others. His sound & has been disseminated through,, Kunstradio,, CiTR, and Alt-X, with sonic and mix releases on No Type's BricoLodge and the and/OAR labels. From 1993-2000 he was Direktor of the sonic performance Collective [] in Vancouver. From 2002-2007 he was Director of UpgradeMTL [] and Concept Engineer at the Society for Arts and Technology []. He is co-founder of with DJ Dub Gnostic, with DJ FISHEAD, tri.phonic with Daniel Gardner and VJ Johnny Ranger, and with artist ssiess. His last exhibition, 'espaceSONO :: audio.lab', presented 36 global sound-artists in a uniquely constructed listening environment at the SAT[GALERIE] in Fall 2007 []. His next publication, an edited volume tentatively titledĀ  _Afrofuturism: Interstellar Transmissions from Remix Culture_, is forthcoming from Wayne State UP in 2011. He also mixes a mean absynthe martini. His research blog can be found at [].