John Sanborn. Between Order and Entropy

08. July 2022 — 30. October 2022

© John Sanborn

With John Sanborn. Between Order and Entropy, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe will open the largest solo exhibition to date in Europe of one of the most prominent protagonists of the American video art scene on July 8, 2022. The exhibition spans Sanborn’s work from the beginnings of experimental video art in the 1970s to MTV music videos of the 1980s to his contemporary media installations.

As a media artist, John Sanborn worked closely with the founder of video art Nam June Paik and the composer Robert Ashley. Today, he creates media installations that engage with issues of cultural identity, memory, mythologies, and the human urge to tell stories.

Between Order and Entropy is John Sanborn’s largest solo exhibition in Europe to date, showcasing his oeuvre that spans more than four decades. Several works have been newly commissioned by ZKM Karlsruhe for the exhibition, including a dog dreams (of god) and a virtual reality version of the installation The Friend with actor and director John Cameron Mitchell, which is supported by VIVE Arts. For more information about the exhibition at ZKM I Karlsruhe, please visit