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

CHOREOGRAPHY / TECHNOLOGY / VISUAL ART / INSTALLATION

ABOUT

The home of award winning director, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Darren Johnston. Array exists as a solo and collaborative vessel to bring together a combined interests in Choreography, Visual Art, Music, Video and virtual production.

Creating immersive performance through the synergy of multiple art forms. Delivered across theatres, 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

“Space between form” is a phrase that could just as easily be applied to the concept of zero point, minimalism or even geometric gesture in the movements of the human body. The concept is infused throughout the piece, not only in the musical structure, but in the construction of the set as well. Beams of light are forged in straight lines around the fluctuating forms of bodies – the darkness between the steps is as crucial as the accentuated gestures. Cycles of breath, shapes, consciousness and technology all come back to each other, in a movement that is much like rebirth.” Aesthetica Magazine

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

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

The Times

Zaha Hadid Architects

Darren is currently artist in residence at Zaha Hadid Architects in London exploring his new work 'Portal' which has been developed throughout 2022/2023, culminating in an exhibition earlier this year (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 immersive architectural installation. Phase 1 of the project was exhibited at Zaha Hadid Architects Gallery in London featuring installation work, performances and a curated program of events. The project is now under development as a body of work to be completed by 2025. Follow on Instagram for regular updates.

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'A metaphor for consciousness, the experience is illusory and immersive.' Resident Advisor
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Darren Johnston

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, theatres, site specific/ found space, virtual reality and AI. Technology and experimentation remain at the forefront of his development creating a seamless fusion of artistic forms and immersive experiences. 

Graduating from Laban he received the outstanding choreographic achievement award, and throughout  his artistic evolution and transdisciplinary journey has been presented with a host of awards including 1st prize at 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.”

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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