The chapter is run by volunteers for its members and the computer graphics community. We operate entirely on contributions from members. Please consider Joining or Donating.


Michael Strauss

Live Visual Artist / VJ / VR Creator / Event Producer

Michael has been crafting psychedelic audiovisual experiences and immersive environments for nearly 20 years. His stunning visuals have brought life to hundreds of events and enhanced the performances of countless artists. Michael is the true embodiment of a modern-day wizard, using technology and creativity to transform reality. His work is known for opening hearts, lifting spirits, and blowing minds. Michael's VJ career began nearly 20 years ago as the resident visual artist for Bassrush, working at Hollywood’s Vanguard and Cinespace nightclubs. His festival experience began with creating visuals for the stages at Insomniac’s massive EDC & Nocturnal Wonderland rave events.

Michael has performed with thousands of artists, including top electronic music producers and DJs such as The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Z-Trip, Infected Mushroom, Pendulum, Dubfire, Skream, Krewella, Mark Farina, Goldie, LTJ Bukem, Mampi Swift, DJ Craze, DJ Hype, Photek, Tech Itch, Noisia, Andy C, John B, London Elektricity, Christopher Lawrence, and Richard Devine. His work is now often seen at arts and music festivals such as Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Lucidity, Sonic Bloom, Serenity Gathering, The Untz, How Weird, Portal to the New Earth, and One Love Fest.

He has been the resident VJ for several of the top dance party producers in Los Angeles - Abundance, Incognito, Cruz Coalition, Luminous Movement, and Pulsar. Guest VJ appearances have included events with Euphonic Connections, Opulent Temple, Mayan Warrior, Droid Behavior, Deep LA, and Pulse SF. Collaborations include custom stage productions with Kalya Scintilla, Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, Porangui, the Lucent Dossier performance art troupe, and actor Mustafa Shakir. Notable VJ sets include shows with Polish Ambassador, OTT, Phutureprimitive, Charlesthefirst, Random Rab, Bumble, Kraddy, An-Ten-Nae, Emancipator, Soohan, Deya Dova, Bluetech, Kaminanda, Govinda, Max Cooper, Luke Mandala, Imagika Om, AHEE, Dela Moon, Birds of Paradise, Drumspyder, Alia, SaQi, Equanimous, Sol Rising, Huglife, Naughty Princess, Yaima, and hundreds more festival favorites. Michael has also performed with live bands like Dirtwire, The Floozies, The Dogon Lights, The Human Experience, TV Broken 3rd Eye Open, Lulacruza, Dirty Diamond, and LuvAmp Project.

Michael’s visuals have appeared everywhere; from historical locations like the Orpheum Theater, St John's Episcopal Cathedral, and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; iconic live music venues like House of Blues, Troubadour, Mayan, Belasco, Wiltern, Exchange LA, and The Globe; meditation centers Esalen Institute, Tantris Yoga, and The Assemblage; all the way to futuristic experiential spaces like Wisdome.LA, UploadLA, Skyspace LA, Survios VR Arcade, Onedome (SF), and Meow Wolf's Area 15 (Las Vegas). Michael has produced audiovisual experiences and interactive spaces for the Meet Delic psychedelic wellness conference, VRLA (the world’s largest virtual reality expo), San Diego Comic-Con’s VRCON, Akon’s Lighting LA, Singularity University, Visionary Convergence, Synaesthesia Dance Experience, I.AM.LIFE, Night on Broadway and the PTTOW! / WORLDZ conferences. Corporate clients have included Google, CBS, In-N-Out Burger, Lord Jones, and other major companies. 

Michael was recognized as a key figure pushing the limits of real-time live visuals in 2017 at Night on Broadway’s “Advent of the VJ” event. In 2018, Michael was chosen to perform with Shpongle and remix the art of psychedelic legend Alex Grey as the official VJ for the Bicycle Day 75th Anniversary Tour. In 2019, Michael curated the “Augmented Visions” exhibition of AR-enhanced visionary art at the Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors museum. His 2020 experimental short film "A New Vision'' with Darpan and Templestep has been honored with awards from more than 20 international film festivals.

Michael is now expanding his vision into 360 degree dome projections and virtual reality experiences. As a founder of the Visual Reality immersive art collective and the VR/AR/XR media company ALTERNITY, he continues to explore new forms of expression.