JOHN WYNNE
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John Wynne’s practice includes large-scale installations in galleries and public spaces, delicate sculptures in which the only
sound source is the quiet feedback between tiny hearing aids, photographs that produce sound, award-winning audio works
which explore the boundaries between documentation and abstraction, and flying radios. His massive installation for 300
speakers, player piano and vacuum cleaner became the first piece of sound art in the Saatchi collection in 2009 and won him
the 2010 British Composer Award for Sonic Art.  His work with endangered languages includes a project with click languages in
the Kalahari Desert and another with one of Canada’s indigenous languages, Gitxsanimaax. His work with heart and lung
transplant patients in collaboration with photographer Tim Wainwright led to a book, a 24-channel installation and a half-hour
commission for BBC Radio.  His first venture into theatre sound design was for Scottish director Graham McClaren’s edgy and
critically acclaimed 2011 production of Andromache in Toronto.  John is a Reader in Sound Art at the University of the Arts
London and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

E D U C A T I O N
2009        PDA (Prof Development Award) in Supervising Postgraduate Research,
         University of the Arts London
2007        PhD in Sound Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London
1984        BA Hons (First Class) in English Literature, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

S E L E C T E D    W O R K
2012        The True Language, radio piece commissioned for BBC Radio 4 by Falling Tree Productions
2012        Part and Parcel, 8-channel sound performance, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and
         Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2008)
2012        Kispiox, sound piece installed in elevator, Sounds (Extra)Ordinary, Centre for Art Tapes,
         Halifax, Canada
2011        Installation no 1 for very low and very high frequencies, Air I Breathe, Gazelli Art House,
         Rochelle School Gallery, London
2011        Andromache, theatre sound design and composition, directed by Graham McLaren for
         Necessary Angel, Toronto
2010        Installation for 300 speakers, player piano and vacuum cleaner, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2010        Beating tones and flapping wings, installation commissioned by Sound and Music for Cut and
         Splice:  Transmission, London
2010        Anspayaxw, installation, Border Zones:  New Art Across Cultures, The Museum of Anthropology,  
          Vancouver and ‘Ksan Museum Gallery, Hazelton, Canada (2011)
2009        Installation for 300 speakers, player piano and vacuum cleaner, Beaconsfield Gallery, London
2009        Faster Higher Stronger, installation, Sound Proof II, Unit 5, London
2009        Wireframe, installation, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008        Transplant, installation with Tim Wainwright, The Nunnery Gallery London and Beldam Gallery,
          Brunel University
2008        Hearts, Lungs and Minds, radio piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3.  Bronze Award,
         Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago
2008        Someone Else and ITU, two installations with Tim Wainwright, Gallery 1313, Toronto
2007        Flow, installation with Tim Wainwright, Old Operating Theatre Museum, London
2007        Push comes to Shove, installation with Denise Hawrysio, Fieldgate Gallery, London
2007        Someone else has died, radio piece commissioned by CBC Radio Canada
2007        ITU, video w surround sound, The Performance of Sound, TATE Britain.  Also shown at
         Old Operating Theatre Museum, London, The Art of Immersive Soundscapes, Regina,
         Canada, and Hering Video Edition, Bonn and Leverkusen, Germany
2007        Hearing Loss, installation, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, for Signal and Noise Festival
2007        Feeding the Habit of Energy, podcast/soundwalk commissioned by RADR FOR
         Loughborough University
2006       230 Unwanted Speakers (Walnut Grained Vinyl Veneered Particleboard Construction),
         installation, Hull Art Lab
2006        Sound CAD, installation, E:vent Gallery, London
2005        Hearing Voices, installation, Botswana National Museum, National Art Gallery of Namibia,
         Brunei Gallery at SOAS, London
2005        Hearing Voices, radio piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3. Silver Award, Third Coast Audio
          Festival, Chicago.  Broadcast on BBC 3 in 2004 and 2005, BBC Europe, PBS in the US and during
          the Deep Wireless Radio Festival in Toronto.
2005        Disappearing in the Kalahari, Great Hall, Goldsmiths University and Sounding Out, University of
          Nottingham
2005        Do(n’t) video and sound installation on the BBC Big Screen in Victoria Square, Hull for
         the Humber Mouth Literary Festival
2005        Response Time, public installation in Kitchener City Hall for the Open Ears Festival
2004        Fallender ton für 207 lautsprecher boxen, installation, 2yK Galerie, Berlin
2004        Medicine Box. Soundtrack for 16 mm film by David Leister, Rotterdam International Film Festival
2004        Motion-triggered plastic carrier bags, installation, Great Hall, Goldsmiths College
2004        Hmmm, installation for Noises, Open Arts Platform, London
2003        !Xóõ Study 1:  Gosaitse, on vinyl LP Flatpack Antenna by London Musicians’ Collective
2003        Auditory Alarm Study 6.03, installation, Wapping Hydraulic Power Plant for SPNM
2003        Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, field recording released on Earshot 4:  
         Architectural Soundmarks
2002-5    Upcountry, regular hour-long radio show on ResonanceFM, London
2002         Response Time, public installation, Metro Hall Square, Toronto
2002        Horisontista Horisonttiin, public sound installation on a working commuter tram in
         Helsinki, Finland
          for Runaway Spatial Plan Project
2001        Cry Wolf, installation, Kiasma, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2000        Grasping and Clinging, installation with Denise Hawrysio, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand
1999        Upcountry, electroacoustic composition premiered in The Purcell Room,
         South Bank Centre, London
          Released on CD by Resonance, London
         Festival Regola Gioco:  Il Corpo Virtuale, Milan, Italy (8-channel live diffusion)
         Broadcast on DeutschlandRadio Berlin, with interview
         Broadcast on RaDio Burst! Festival of Radio and Audio Art, CFFF FM, Peterborough, Canada
         Broadcast/webcast on Radiotopia Kunstradio as part of Ars Electronica 2002, Vienna, Austria
1999        The Trial of Freedom, soundtrack for documentary by Michael Ignatieff ,
         Channel 4/CTV co-production

P U B L I C A T I O N S
2012        ‘Faster Higher Stronger’ in The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State,
         edited by Hilary Powell (forthcoming)
2011        Transplant, 22 minute video published with the book, Beyond Text: Critical Practice and Sensory
         Anthropology, Edited by R Cox, A Irving and C Wright, Manchester University Press  [forthcoming]
2011        ‘ITU:  The Din of Recovery’, in The Art of Immersive Soundscapes, edited by Ellen Waterman and    
         Pauline Minevich, University of Regina Press.  Also includes DVD containing ITU, surround sound
          video by JW and Tim Wainwright.  (forthcoming)
2010        ‘Hearing Faces, Seeing Voices:  Sound Art, Experimentalism and the Ethnographic Gaze’ in
         Between Art and Anthropology, edited by Arnd Schneider and Chris Wright, Berg Publishers
2008        Transplant, book and DVD by John Wynne and Tim Wainwright, edited by Victoria Hume,
          rb&hArts
2008        ‘To Play or Not to Play’, in Playing With Words, edited by Cathy Lane, Cornerhouse Press
2008        ‘Auditory Warnings and the Assault on Silence’, Static Issue 6, The London Consortium
2007        ‘Hearing Loss’, Leonardo Music Journal Vol 17, MIT Press
2007        ‘Transplant’, Autumn Leaves:  Sound and the environment in artistic practice, edited by Angus
          Carlyle, published by Vibrö sound art collective and CRiSAP
2005       ‘Language Ecology and Photographic Sound in the McWorld’, Organised Sound, Issue 11/1
2005       ‘When is a Click not a Glitch?’, Sound Art, published by Resonance Magazine and London
          Musicians’ Collective
2005        Hearing Voices:  Languages/Speakers. Interactive CD-ROM produced in conjunction with the Hans
          Rausing   Endangered Languages Project at SOAS, University of London
2005       ‘Fallender ton für 207 lautsprecher boxen’, Soundscape, Journal of Acoustic Ecology
2003       ‘Upcountry:  Electroacoustic composition between documentary and abstraction, technology
         and  tradition’,  Sonic Geography:  Imagined and Remembered, edited by Ellen Waterman
         Penumbra Press

C O N F E R E N C E S   A N D    PU B L I C    P R E S E N T A T I O N S  (from 2007 only)
2012        ‘Risky Practice:  Artists in the Transplant Ward’ at Risky engagements: encounters
         between science, art and public health, University of Manchester
2011        ‘Listening to Endangered Languages, Artificial Hearts and Architectural Acoustics’
         at the University of Eastern Finland.  Public talk at the award ceremony for the soundscape
         competition for which JW was Head of Jury
2010        ‘Outside In:  Re-framing urban noise’ at SoundActs:  Sound as Art, Sound in Culture, Aarhus
          University, Denmark
2010        ‘ITU:  The din of recovery’, at Sound Ecologies, The Society for Ethnomusicology Annual
          Conference at UCLA
2010        ‘Transplant’, public lecture and CPD workshop for CREATE, Waterford, Ireland
2010        ‘Translation and Memory; Technology and Tradition’, Building Sound symposium,
         National Theatre, London
2009        ‘Sound Art Practice Beyond the Gallery’, Sound Thinking:  Radiophonic space,
         the nature of hearing and new approaches to transmission in sound art, Surrey Art Gallery,
          Vancouver
2009        ‘Transplant:  Trauma and transformation on the ward’ at Taking the Body Seriously:  Association
         of Medical Humanities Annual Conference, Durham University, UK
2007        ‘Trauma and Transformation, Identity and Environment’ at Sound, Art and Auditory Cultures,
          Copenhagen Doctoral School, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2007        ‘The Cacophony of Disease’ at The Art of Immersive Soundscapes,
         University of Regina, Canada
2007        ‘Sound Art and Language Ecology in the McWorld’ at Desire Lines, 3rd International Arts and
          Ecology Symposium, Dartington College of Arts, UK
2007        ITU at The Performance of Sound, TATE Britain
2007        Transplant:  Sound (art) and Trauma at Beyond Text:  Synaesthetic and Sensory Practices in
          Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK


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