Award winning multi disciplinary artist from the UK blurring the lines between performance, digital art and architecture.
Darren Johnston is a multi award winning director, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist working across gallery spaces, large theatres, site specific/ found space, virtual reality and the metaverse. Technology and experimentation remain at the forefront of his development creating a seamless fusion of different artistic forms.
Graduating from Laban he received the outstanding choreographic achievement award, and throughout his artistic evolution and transdisciplinary journey he has been presented with a host of awards and first prizes including the prestigious ‘International Choroeographen Concours’ in Holland and a Herald Angel Award from the Edinburgh Festival. During his time in Berlin he was resident artist at the legendary Berghain [LINK] creating architectural lighting and projection designs for iconic events. Working directly with Mercedes Benz and Vice magazine he created an innovative 12 hour livestream commercial for their brand new electric car. [LINK]
His unique upbringing and grounding in subcultual electronic music culture has led to notable collaborations with artists including Aphex Twin / Chris Cunningham (here) , Squarepusher, Tim Hecker, Laurel Halo, Mira Calix, Jamie Lidell and the London Contemporary Orchestra. His work is often commissioned and shown at international venues and festivals including The Barbican (London), Parco Della Musica, (Rome), Todays Arts Festival (Holland), The Roundhouse (London), VEO Festival (Valencia), The Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and The Museum of Art Kochi (Japan).
As an Art Director he has created large scale events including The Diesel Music Awards in London and a be spoke architectural video installation for the launch of the Herzog and de Meuron LABAN building [LINK]
Darren is currently artist in residence at Zaha Hadid Architects working on a new collaborative project with the team. [LINK]
“As much installation as dance… a striking mix of optical illusion, movement and architecture.”
“Blurs the line between theatre and visual art.”
The Japan times