ARRAY - CHOREOGRAPHY, TECHNOLOGY, VISUAL ART, INSTALLATION - DARREN JOHNSTON ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

CHOREOGRAPHY / TECHNOLOGY / VISUAL ART / INSTALLATION

ABOUT

Array is the brainchild of award winning director, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Darren Johnston, established as a vessel to bring together his combined interests in Choreography, Visual Art, Music, Video and virtual production.

Array creates immersive performance through the synergy of multiple art forms. The work is commissioned and delivered across various platforms, from theatres to galleries, found spaces and virtual platforms. New technology remains at the forefront, investigated and integrated through a conceptual approach.

OUR LATEST WORK

Latest Work

ZERO POINT

A perfect synthesis of dance, light and sound creates a meditative and sensory journey through minimal and ethereal states.

‘Zero Point’ is a performance project by Darren Johnston, an exercise in minimalism and a powerful distillation of music, performance and the latest advances in light mapping and motion sensing technology. Featuring an original soundtrack by Tim Hecker.

Inspired by the scientific and spiritual concepts of zero point – Darren draws inspiration from sacred ceremonial spaces, ancient rituals, eastern ideas of rebirth and abstract reinterpretations through digital technology.

Zero Point was Co-Commissioned by: Museum of Art in Kochi, Perth International Arts Festival, Barbican, London and The Arts Council of England.

“If there was a Turner Prize for dance, Darren Johnston would undoubtedly be on the shortlist”

The Times

MIIN - PLASTICITY

With the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, the artist is curious how industries such as fashion and advertising will use these devices to enhance consumer desire to achieve previously unattainable levels of beauty. Transforming the Oil Tank Culture Park In Seoul into an immersive architectural installation, Plasticity imagines futuristic notions of beauty and post humanism. MIIN was commissioned as part of the cultural exchange between Arts Council of England (ACE) and Arts Council of Korea (Arko) and presented as part of SPAF festival in Seoul.

'A striking mix of optical illusion, movement and architecture' The Independent

TIM HECKER CONCERT BARBICAN

Darren was commissioned by Tim Hecker and Barbican to create a live concert design for his Konoyo album. Drawing influence from Japanese Gakaku (Japanese traditional court music), he created a distinct otherworldly design using a full stage surface of water to generate abstract reflections. The project featured live Gakaku players and Butoh dancers from Japan. Commissioned by Barbican.

'Cycles of breath, shapes, consciousness and technology all come back to each other, in a movement that is much like rebirth.' Aesthetica Magazine

GENKAKU

At HUBS IMMERSIVE Festival Darren developed and presented in ‘het Diepe’ (swimming pool) of De Nieuwe Regentes in Den Haag his work-in-progress piece Genkaku. A new holographic performance inspired by eastern ideas of ritual and ceremony, following his recent trips to Japan. Creating an immersive and illusory world inspired by traditional Gakaku court music and performance from Japan. Developed at 101 Outdoor Arts Space and with support from The Grey Space in the middle and Hubs Festival Den Haag.

‘A parallel trip into strange imaginings’ The Guardian

ZERO POINT VR

Zero point VR is a Virtual Reality Meditation on the key Inspirations and concepts behind the Zero Point Stage Show. In this seminary work the Games and Visual Effects Research lab has worked alongside noted Choreographer Darren Johnston of Array UK to produce a piece which guides you through the concepts behind Zero Point. Although the piece was initially intended as a complementary work to the stage show the dancers involved commented on how they found the process of motion capture and development of the experiance informative to the stage piece. The experiance is presented in HTC Vive with room scale tracking however to reduce distraction a concious choice to exclude the motion controllers was made. Instead you interact by focussing your gaze on certain ‘totems’ when maintaining your gaze for more than 10 seconds the totem transports you to the next level.

'A remarkable example of force achieved through stillness'. New Scientist

Zaha Hadid Gallery residency

Darren is currently artist in residence at Zaha Hadid Gallery in London exploring his new work 'Portal' which will be developed throughout 2022/2023. His most ambitious project to date traversing virtual production in the metaverse through VR and Virtual performance into real world production, and the subsequent creation of an architectural installation.

Image from Zaha Hadid Gallery residency
'A metaphor for consciousness, the experience is illusory and immersive.' Resident Advisor
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Darren Johnston

Award winning Director/ Choreographer and multi disciplinary artist from the UK.

Darren Johnston is a multi award winning director, choreographer, sound and visual 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. Human interaction, perception and immersive experience are key facets of his work, blurring the line between visual art and performing arts aesthetics. 

Graduating from LABAN with the outstanding Choreographic achievement award 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. 

His upbringing and grounding in electronic music culture has led to notable collaborations with artists including Aphex Twin (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).

Darren is currently artist in residence at Zaha Hadid Architects

“As much installation as dance… a striking mix of optical illusion, movement and architecture.”

The Independent

“Blurs the line between theatre and visual art.”

The Japan times

MORE INFORMATION

Information

Additional information including Awards and acknowledgement to key supporters.

ACHIEVEMENTS

AWARDS

LABAN Outstanding Choreographic Achievement award.

First prize at The International Choreographen Concours, Holland

First prize at The First International Competition for Choreography, Belgium

Bonnie Bird Choreography Award

Herald Angel Award

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES.

Artist in residence @ Zaha Hadid Architects 2020 – present time

Artist in residence @ Barbican 2014- 2015

Artist in residence @ The Museum of art Kochi, Japan 2013- 2014

Artist in residence @ Berghain, Berlin 2010- 2011

Artist in residence @ The Roundhouse, London 2008-2009

 

FUNDING / SUPPORT

Array acknowledges the support of our key partners who continue to contribute and make the work possible. These include Arts Council England, Barbican, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mercedes Benz, Dance East and Kochi Museum of Art Japan.

CONTACT US

CONTACT

Please contact us for information on upcoming events, media information and any other enquiries.

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