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Shifting Horizons: music, myth, and memory. : The media art of John Sanborn

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Shifting Horizons: music, myth, and memory. : The media art of John Sanborn

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John Sanborn

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Stephen Sarrazin

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Born in 1954 in New York, John Sanborn is a media and video artist. His work includes single-channel pieces, installations, and live media collaborative creations with composers and choreographers. He has worked with Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Rhys Chatham, Ryuichi Sakamoto, John Zorn, the Residents, and many many more. His installations have been shown widely in America and Europe. During the 1980s, he entered the world of broadcast television, notably PBS and MTV, and in the 1990s was a key actor in the digital revolution taking place in California, moving between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. "Shifting Horizons" is his first exhibition in Thailand. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.

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Event Date: 25 March - 10 July 2016
Location: Main Gallery, 7th floor
John Sanborn was a key member of the second wave of American video artists that included Bill Viola, Gary Hill, Dara Birnbaum, and Tony Oursler. And though much of his early works were shown in celebrated institutions, from the Whitney and MoMA in NYC, to the Pompidou Center in Paris, his career embraced a fuller media journey that would take him inside broadcast television, to Hollywood, and to Silicon Valley. This exhibition marks the manner of this return, looking to music, the foundation, the pattern for his distinctive use of media formalism; it conjures up issues of myth and reinvention, as media remain an ever-changing medium; finally it acknowledges Sanborn’s role in performance and performative collaborations with major 20th century dancers and performers, settling the bond between him and his mentor, Nam June Paik.

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Thai Language, English

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Shifting Horizons


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