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the work of media artist


Between Order and Entropy

works 1978 - 2022

July 9 - October 30, 2022


Curated by Stephen Sarrazin | Philipp Ziegler

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

The exhibition presents the work of the American artist John Sanborn. This exhibition, which is the largest in Europe devoted to the artist, brings together a collection of works that spans over four decades of sound, music, interactive media and video exploration.

Sanborn's recent work consists of complex media installations that address issues of cultural identity, memory, mythologies, and the human compulsion to tell stories.


Created by John Sanborn

Words and Music by Amanda Moody


October 21 – November 28, 2021

61 Shattuck Square (Kala Bagai Way), Berkeley, CA

Parade was commissioned by the City of Berkeley's Civic Arts Program with one a Berkeley Art Works Projects (BAWP) grant. Parade features a collection of faces and voices (29 performers, some expert singers, most not) - that create a statement of compassion - all singing a Capella a soulful song written by Berkeley composer Amanda Moody; testifying to our hope, faith and the power of joy.

The work was installed in a vacant storefront at 61 Shattuck Square (Kala Bagai Way) in downtown Berkeley, from October 21 to November 28, 2021.



Agnès Guillaume | John Sanborn

January 21 – September 30, 2021


836M 836 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

The four-month exhibit is the gallery’s first ever exhibit of Video Art and features a pair of works each from Guillaume (Paris & Brussels) and Sanborn (Berkeley) that reveal their ephemeral ideas made manifest into electronic reality; the classically trained musicianship of Guillaume (the minimalist) allowing her to use a single thought to conjure multiple moods, while Sanborn (the maximalist) preferring a pop culture lexicon that seeks to mash, mangle and transpose; the pair take on subjects ranging from the “comedy of death” and “incessant flow of life,” to how our minds cope with change and the unspoken bonds that go along with friendship.



Festival Videoformes

March 18 - April 4, 2021

in the the Chapelle de l’Ancien Hôpital Général, Clermont-Ferrand, France


We spend our lives searching for ideas, structures and people to invest our faith in, because we think they will provide us with answers to questions we KNOW cannot be answered.

This 17 channel installation work presents the leader of a new religion called "New Thought" - a mysterious and charismatic figure, who calls themselves The Friend, delivering 7 sermons filled with instruction, divination, personal confession and a sticky mess of ambiguity.

The Friend is accompanied by 8 Saints of dubious distinction, and animations of their relics, who testify to this new religion and celebrate the freedom to build a utopia, albeit consisting of damaged souls.


The Friend is performed by John Cameron Mitchell.

Duck Stab! Alive!

written and performed by

The Residents

directed by John Sanborn

The Residents debuted a special new performance, Duck Stab! Alive!, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the long-running alternative variety/music show, Night Flight. The performance will air June 5th on the Night Flight Plus app.

Duck Stab! Alive! is described in a release as a “contemporary ‘live-in-the-studio’ re-imagining” of the Residents’ 1978 album, Duck Stab! The performance was directed by video artist John Sanborn, who has regularly collaborated with the Residents since the Nineties.

God in 3 Persons

a collaboration between 

The Residents

and John Sanborn

The Museum of Modern Art, NY

January 24 + 25, 2020


Legendary performance group the Residents, in collaboration with media artist John Sanborn, have created a singular, live video/theater version of their legendary 1988 album “God in Three Persons”- the story of a disgraced preacher and his twisted obsession with a pair of conjoined twins he claims to be miracle workers. 

Adapted by Sanborn for the stage, G3P features new orchestrations of 10 classic Residents' songs by musical director Joshua Raoul Brody, and we directed for the stage by Travis Chamberlain. Gender queer performer Jiz Lee plays the elusive Twins.

The work was developed during a 2 week residency at The Lab in San Francisco before premiering at MoMA .


an interactive project by John Sanborn

Commissioned by

Jeu de Paume, Paris

for their Espace Virtuel

June 27 - November 2019

Museum Night September 17 at 19h

Our definition of negative is emptiness or a void—but as with music or design, the inverse verifies the positive. One cannot know joy without pain.


In creating NONSELF, I offer evidence of consciousness, constructed from the negative space that surrounds me. It’s easy to state what IS—but the impression made from what IS NOT speaks to what is “not me” as well as our current understanding of “truth”.

NONSELF is comprised of a series of 110 short videos each of which uses “not me” attributes, attitudes and perspectives to create an inverted self-portrait. 

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