John Sanborn is a key member of the second wave of American video artists that included Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Dara Birnbaum and Tony Oursler. Sanborn’s body of work spans the early days of experimental video art in the 1970s through the heyday of MTV music/videos and interactive art to digital media art of today.
Sanborn’s work has manifested itself on television (“Alive From Off Center”, MTV, “Great Performances”, PBS), video installations (“V+M”, “EAGE”, “The Temptation of St. Anthony”), video games (“Psychic Detective”), Internet experiences (“Paul is Dead”, “Dysson) and multi-media art. He is known for collaborations with virtuosic performers, contemporary composers and choreographers. His oeuvre primarily addresses the themes of music, mythology and memory. Vanity Fair called him “the acknowledged genius in the field.”
Recent projects include live video/theater performances of “God in 3 Persons”, a collaboration with The Residents, at MoMA NY; commissions from the National Museum of Qatar and Jeu de Paume, Paris; solo exhibitions at Galerie Tokomona, Paris and Telematic, San Francisco; and releases of digital editions through (s)edition.
Sanborn’s works have been shown at almost every contemporary art museum in the world, including the Whitney Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Prado, Madrid; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Seibu Museum, Tokyo. His video works have been broadcast world-wide including programs for PBS featuring works with Bill T. Jones, Philip Glass, Nam June Paik, Twyla Tharp, The Residents, and David Gordon.
John Sanborn holds an honorary Master of Cinema degree from ESEC, in Paris, and was honored as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of France. Sanborn’s YouTube channel has over 20 million views and over 100,000 subscribers. In 2017, the Mill Valley Film Festival honored him with its lifetime achievement award. John Sanborn lives in Berkeley California.
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