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John Sanborn

John Sanborn (USA)


In partnership with the Atelier Triforium & the Atelier Coifferie

Stained glass and video projection, stereo sound / 2017
Created by John Sanborn / creation stained glass by Jean Lebideau with Stéphan Bernard and Julien Piedpremier
Music : Dorian Wallace

The question of authority and what turns the world is more important than ever. Out of control, and seemingly without passion or respect, we seek causality. Doesn’t matter what it is – we must understand what makes things stop – and go. Our hand is tied to lies and misdeeds – and we find ourselves accountable for the actions of others. As we tabulate the moral cost of privilege – we know someone must pay. We understand how romance and business work, but we cannot control either. We seek the source and we find our hands are dirty – without salvation. Still, we dance – as joy informs silence.

The result of our confusion is a dizzying spiral that exalts us and condemns us. A force, unseen, controls us – and moves us towards danger and desire. Everything is important, but nothing matters.

John Sanborn is an award-winning media artist whose work has been shown at every major museum in the world, and broadcast worldwide. He has shown at the Whitney Museum, MOMA (permanent collection), the Kitchen Center in New York; the ICA and Tate Modern in London; and the Centre Pompidou (permanent collection) in Paris. He was an artist-in-residence at the celebrated TV Lab at WNET/13 and received grants from the NEA, NYSCA, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Vogue magazine named him “the acknowledged genius in the field”.

His feature length works have played at major international film festivals including the Tribeca, Sundance, Mill Valley, Rotterdam, New York and London film festivals, winning numerous awards. Sanborn is the director of television programs for PBS, Comedy Central, and the National Lampoon Network. During the heyday of MTV he directed music/videos for Van Halen, Rick James, Nile Rodgers and King Crimson. He created (with Michael Kaplan) the interactive movie “Psychic Detective” which was played at the Sundance Film Festival and the first interactive online fiction, “Paul is Dead” produced by MGM and Microsoft.


EXHIBITION 16th March to 1st of  April

9 rue de la Coifferie, Clermont-Ferrand
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Inside from the 16th to the 18th of March : 2pm – 6pm