Phantom Astronaut (Dekker Dreyer) is an artist working in film, music, visual art, & experimental media. He’s been called a “VR pioneer” by MovieMaker and Entrepreneur magazines and he’s developed a strong following on TikTok receiving tens of millions of plays and attracting a dedicated following of over one hundred thousand followers. His filmmaking endeavors began creating commissioned digital video art to accompany Naqoyqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass, and Steven Soderbergh). Now based in Los Angeles, Dekker’s projects have been showcased around the world at festivals like Slamdance and Art Basel. Recent works include the music video for Snowblood’s “I’m Ready” which premiered in Paper Magazine and his animated immersive projection show Joy Ride which recently ended a run at Catalonia Hotels. He’s collaborated with legends like Devo, Bootsy Collins, and Disturbed. Phantom Astronaut continues to push the boundaries between mediums.
As a writer, educator, and curator Dekker has spoken at the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, Mobile World Congress, and other major conferences. Since 2016 he’s been the producer, and a curator of, the Slamdance Film Festival’s DIG (Digital, Interactive, & Gaming) program. He was the originator of the online Immersive Media Producing program at Columbia College Chicago and is the immersive media subject matter expert for University of Maryland. Previously, he served on the board of communications at Stevens Institute of Technology and has given guest lectures for Beijing Film Academy. His non-fiction essays, centered on politics and technology, have been widely cited and his critically-acclaimed fiction is available digitally in the collection Dark Astronomy. Dekker continues building community and creating context around digital art and subcultures through his Phantom Astronaut podcast and zine.