Singer and video director Damian Kulash, Jr. and bassist Tim Nordwind met at summer camp in 1987, and a decade later they formed OK Go. With Dan Konopka as drummer and Andy Ross as guitarist and resident computer programmer, they’ve built a unique career at the intersection of music, visual art, technology, and science, emerging at the forefront of a class of artists whose 21st-century brand of experimental creativity dissolves the traditional boundaries between disciplines.
OK Go have collaborated with dance companies and tech giants, cosmonauts and Muppets, scientists and entrepreneurs. Their videos have been encoded on strands of actual DNA. They’ve penned New York Times op-eds and testified before the US Congress, and they were President Obama’s selection to perform at his 50th birthday party.
OK Go received the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Visual Art, and they’ve been honored with a Grammy, three MTV Video Music Awards, eighteen Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity awards, six CLIO awards, three UK Music Video Awards, two Webby Awards, and have had their work presented at The Guggenheim, MoCA, LACMA, The Hirschhorn, The Hammer Museum, and Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.