Nishant John aka VJ Zombie is a Maine-based Visual artist, Stage Designer & Content Creator from Madras, India. He has collaborated with musicians from India and around the world over the last decade and has curated live visuals for artists like Fourtet, Skrillex, Shigeto, Dorian Concept, Shpongle, HVOB, DJ Koze, Mumdance, BLOT, Peter Cat Recording Company and Pentagram.
In 2014, he was one of the visual artists selected by Berlin-based design collective Pfadfinderei to be a part of the Border Movement Video Lab that took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Working with five artists from Southeast Asia, the Video Lab culminated in the conversion a neglected cinema theatre into an audio-visual club experience with multiple projection, and light installations. Apart from VJing and creating live visuals for music, he also uses custom built LED strip fixtures for live performance and creates generative audio-reactive visuals. He showcased all of this work at recent performances in New York City and Sri Lanka.
He has also worked on and performed at several music festivals including Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan, which completed six editions in December 2018, and is globally recognised as a festival that pushes future-facing sounds from India and around the world and takes place in a 17th Century Palace in Rajasthan; Pettah Interchange (Which initially took place at the iconic Rio Cinema in Colombo which burnt down in the 1983 riots but has now become home to multiple art installations and performances and then moved to an abandoned colonial building, built over a 100 years back); InMotion Festival in Nepal; VH1 Supersonic, NH7 Weekender, Sunburn Festival and many more in India.
Using light as a medium, he transforms neglected spaces into captivating visual experiences. With a minimal aesthetic and detailed approach, he works with lines and geometry to create perfectly coinciding images. Intertwined with right timing, light and custom surfaces, he creates a dream-like surreal experience. His inspirations are artists like Ryoji Ikeda, Yannick Jacquet, Olivier Ratsi and Romain Tardy.