Retrospective evening MÉANDRES ET MÉDIA

Retrospective evening MÉANDRES ET MÉDIA

  • Venue : Théâtre Jacques Coeur : 16 rue Jacques Coeur, 18000 Bourges (France) during the Rencontres Bandits-Mages
  • Date : November 4th 2016, 7-11 PM
  • With John Sanborn, Stephen Sarrazin and guests ( Pascal Lièvre and Jean-Paul Fargier)


This three part retrospective recounts John Sanborn’s fascinating journey, as a major and emblematic American media artist and film director of the ‘second wave’ of video art, succeeding to Nam June Paik and contemporary of Bill Viola. The evening takes a new look at forty years of intense artistic activity making out three different subjects : contemporary art, collaboration with television and self-portrait. Each part consists of a one-hour presentation and screenings. Discussion between the artist, the curator and special guests will end the event.

The retrospective provides the opportunity to discover the recently published booklet, Méandres et Média, including new essays on John Sanborn’s work, personal accounts by partners and relations and a DVD of selected works.

Booklet price : 15 €.  You can pay in cash or with a check if you have a proof of ID.

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 (solo installation and 2 biennales), MOMA (where he has work in the permanent collection) the Kitchen in New York; the ICA and Tate Modern in London; and the Centre Pompidou 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 called him “the acknowledged genius in the field”. In 2016 Sanborn will exhibit works at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, the Festival Atout Paik and the Festival Bandits Mages in France. His feature length works MMI, The Planets, PICO (remix) and ALLoT (A Long List of Things) have played at major international film festivals including the Tribeca, Sundance, Mill Valley, Rotterdam, New York and London film festivals, winning awards too numerous to count. Sanborn is the director of many television programs for PBS, a sitcom for Comedy Central, and a rock and roll cooking show for 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 legendary video game Psychic Detective which was played at the Sundance Film Festival by actor Harvey Keitel, and the first interactive online fiction, Paul is Dead produced by MGM and Microsoft. John Sanborn has an honorary Master of Cinema Arts degree from ESEC in Paris, and was honored by the Minister of Culture of France as a Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 2015.  Sanborn lives and works in California.

This event follows on from the Rencontres Bandits-Mages, in partnership with the City of Bourges.

In line with the retrospective, a one-month solo exhibition of John Sanborn will take place at both Palais Jacques Coeur and Hôtel Lallemant.  More details on the exhibition HERE.

Contact : +33(0)2 48 50 42 47 (Bandits-Mages’ office)