Johnny DeKam is an artist, designer and creative coder based in Boston, MA. Upon receiving his MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute‘s iEAR program, Johnny founded the software company VIDVOX. His software has become a leading tool for artists, designers and VJs to create live visuals and immersive environments.
Throughout his career Johnny has moved fluidly between contexts; designing and directing video for major concert tours, collaborating with artists on major museum exhibitions, performing solo live cinema and coding artistic software applications.
Johnny has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Pratt Institute of Art, Ecole Des Beaux Art, Renne, France, Hangar.org Barcelona, and Hyperwerk Institute for Post Industrial Design, Basel, Switzlerland
He has collaborated with artists, composers, theater companies, opera singers and musicians including Alvin Lucier, ETHEL String Quartet, Sasha & Digweed, FUN, Dream Theater, Brian Sacawa, Leslie Hewitt, Irina Nahkova, Thomas Dolby and Ken Ueno.
As a designer at The Elumenati, a firm creating innovative solutions for immersive visualization, his clients included: nVidia, Hewlett Packard, Cirque du Soliel and NASA. He has collaborated on the design of interactive audio-visual exhibitions at Williams College Museum of Art, The Exploratorium, The Menil Collection, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany and the MCA Chicago.
Johnny has performed in front of live audiences in over 36 countries in a variety of contexts, including New York Film & Video Festival, MUTEK, Transmediale, MUTEK, The Kitchen, Coachella, Museum of Contemporary Art Houston, MACBA Barcelona, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, V2 Rotterdam, Society for Arts & Technology (SAT) Montreal, The American Museum of the Moving Image, and Kiasma Helsinki.
Writings About Johnny
vE-jA: Art + Technology of Live Audio/Video, featured Artist, Book, Regent Publishing ISBN 0-9765060
The VJ Book, Software Chapter, Book, Feral House, ISBN 1-932595-09-0
Aminima 22: New Media Art Now, featured, Quarterly Review, Espacio Publications, ISSN 1697-7777
Video Out, Interview, Documentary, 13 Bit Productions, ASIN B000CC2GXA
Thomas Dolby Extras: Live Performance, Magazine, Create Digital Music
M-Powered Artists > Johnny DeKam, M-Audio website
Johnny DeKam's Live Visual Rig on Thomas Dolby Tour, Create Digital Motion