Exhibition

March 15 > 30 | Z∆ 0UΠ΄ | 38, rue du Port

Free access 1 pm > 7 pm (Tuesday > Saturday)  2 pm > 6 pm (Sunday)

JOHN SANBORN

Sorry

2016 | 2 channel video installation with sound | 1 channel 9×16 projection | 1 channel 16×9 small HD monitor | 3’23 (loop)

We’re all feeling fearful, stressed and pissed. We’re appalled at what divides us, and keeps pushing us apart. Our leaders are working overtime to find someone to blame – and although we know different – we feel guilty and ashamed.

We’re being criticized for who we are, with indignity flung not at just stereotypical villains but anyone and everyone. This is done in an attempt to divert us from finding solutions our shared problems. There are multiple motives for estrangement, even within cohesive movements; so we’re ignoring that what unties us is our sorrow.

Yes, we’re sorry. We’re sorry for who we are, how we act, what we think, and our failures. We’re sorry to offend, ignore and perpetuate the shit we’re responsible for causing. And we’re sorry that we are powerless to fix things.

Sorry is an ironic but heartfelt call to action rendered as an a cappella song that is somber, silly and starkly to the point. Why are we wasting time on hate, division, fear and anger? Sorry.

Sorry is sung by a collection of people of all ages, races, genders and personality types – singing “on the beat” and occasionally off key. There is an ironic honesty to raw voices expressing a confused and shifting perspective on the effect that social naiveté is having on how we present ourselves and live our lives.

John Sanborn is an award-winning, world-renowned media artist whose body of work reaches from the technological stone age of the 1970’s to the digital high-tech bleeding edge of today. His media work has manifested as television, installations, games, Internet experiences and plain old video art.

His work has been shown at every major museum in the world; including the Whitney Museum; MOMA, New York; the Prado, Madrid; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Seibu Museum, Tokyo. Electronic Arts Intermix distributes his video art and has since his first project, “The Last Videotapes of Marcel Duchamp. Sanborn’s television programs have been broadcast worldwide, including works with Robert Ashley, Bill T. Jones, John Zorn, Nam June Paik, Philip Glass, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, David Gordon, and The Residents.

John Sanborn was granted an honorary Masters of Cinema degree from ESEC, in Paris, and was recently named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of France. John Sanborn lives in Berkeley California.

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