John Sanborn is “a key member of the second wave of American video artists” whose career spans the early days of experimental video art in the 1970s through the heyday of 80’s MTV music/videos and 90’s interactive art to digital media art of today.
John Sanborn's work has been exhibited on television (MTV, PBS, Comedy Central), as video installations (ZKM, Videoformes, Jeu de Paume, Whitney Museum, The Kitchen), video games (Psychic Detective, Strife), Internet experiences (NONSELF) and music/videos (Rick James, Van Halen, Nile Rodgers, Grace Jones, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream). He is known for collaborations with virtuosic performers, contemporary composers and choreographers.
Projects from 2020 - 2021 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 (permanent installation Alchemy) and Jeu de Paume, Paris (NONSELF); solo exhibitions at Galerie Tokomona, Paris and Telematic, San Francisco; 836M (with Agnès Guillaume) and the premiere of The Friend, starring John Cameron Mitchell, at the Digital Arts Festival Videoformes, in Clermont-Ferrand, France. In 2022 he will be the subject of a career survey show at ZKM in Germany.