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John Wynne

Everyday Listening, asked me "Five sound questions"


The Exponential Horn: In Search of Perfect Sound


14.00-16.30, Saturday 28 June 2014

An afternoon of new and historical works, including four world premieres made especially for reproduction through the historic Denman Horn, Britain's largest horn loudspeaker.

Featuring live music, sound, and moving image by
John Wynne, Glyn Perrin, Michael Oliva, Jennifer Walshe, Simon Tyszko, Zbigniew Karkowski, Federico Reuben and Aleks Kolkowski. With a performance of John Cage’s Cartridge Music (1960) by Langham Research Centre.


Invitation to a panel discussion during my exhibtion at Gazelli Art House in London. The Flux, and I was a two person show with Yoonjin Jung which closed at the end of June 2014. Featured two new installations, Installation no 3 for high and low frequencies and Architectural Sound Drawing no 3.

 

Click for an interview with me about the show.


This article on my work by Julian Cowley was published in MusicWorks magazine late in 2013. Click to see the full article.


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Lecture at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) entitled 'Language Endangerment and Sound Art: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Research Ethics'.

19.02.14
Lecture for the Documentary Research Forum at the London College of Communication entitled 'Documentation and Abstraction: Sound art and asymmetrical relationships in research'.


Participants on my sound walk, part of a day I spent with associates and guests of Open School East, a free art school in Hackney. OSE is "a study programme for 12 associate artists and a communal space housed in the old Rose Lipman Library in East London. Emphasizing cooperation and experimentation, the initiative is set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and skills between artists, local residents, neighbourhood organisations and the broader public."

Nocturnal, a collaborative installation with film maker Atom Egoyan. Commissioned by Aldeburgh music, this is a site specific installation using 17.4 channels of audio, video projection and a camera obscura mechanism to transfer the moving image from one space into another.

Click for video documentation.

Anspayaxw

Anspyaxw, my 12-channel sound and still image installation with photos by Denise Hawrysio, is on at the Museum of Anthropology's Satellite Gallery in Vancouver until October 26, 2013.

Endangered Languages symposium MOA

Session 3 of the symposium On Endangered Languages: Indigeneity, Community and Creative Practice at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. The symposiumcoincided with the opening of Anspayaxw at MoA's Satellite Gallery.

I am not the cancer

I am not the cancer, a collaborative sound and video installation with Tim Wainwright. This piece was made after recording women with advanced / metastatic breast cancer in the UK, Netherlands and France.

Egg Centre, Brussels, Belgium, 2013.

6 HD plasma screens, 6 chairs, 6 hyper directional overhead speakers, 2 subwoofers.

What is What

What is What, in collaboration with Denise Hawrysio at Frise Künstlerhaus in Hamburg.

HD plasma screen, DVD, 2.1 sound system.

Hamburg invite

Cold Atlantic shows again, this time in Hamburg at Frise Künstlerhaus.
Plus a new installation, What is What, in collaboration with Denise Hawrysio.

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Cold Atlantic, a small sculptural installation developed from my earlier work with hearing aids, at the Justina M Barnicke Gallery in Toronto in a group show called Volume: Hear Here, curated by Christof Migone.

Jan 16 – Mar 10, 2013


The exhibition spreads over two galleries:

Blackwood Gallery
Alexis O'Hara, Dave Dyment, Darsha Hewitt, John Oswald, Ian Skedd, Charles Stankeviech

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Mitchell Akiyama, crys cole, Marla Hlady, Neil Klassen, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, David Lieberman, Sylvia Matas, David Merritt, Ryan Park, Juliana Pivato, Alexandre St-Onge, Chiyoko Szlavnics, John Wynne

Anspayaxw_Wynne

Anspayaxw, a 12-channel sound and photography installation, showed in late 2012 as a solo exhibition in San Francisco. Curated by Ethnographic Terminalia as part of Audible Observatories, the event was in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association's conference, where I was also on a panel with Steven Feld, Rupert Cox and others. The recordings and photographs were made in collaboration with Denise Hawrysio and linguist Tyler Peterson. The installation is scheduled to show next in September 2013 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology's Satellite Gallery in downtown Vancouver.



Faster Higher Stronger is a short video which developed from an earlier installation of the same name. It makes use of graphic subversions of the Olympic rings and reflects the endless hype that accompanies the Games around the world.



Andromache_Wynne

I was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Sound Design / Composition by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for my work with director Graham McLaren's production of Andromache for Necessary Angel Theatre Company in Toronto. Also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role is Christine Horne, pictured here.



Wynne installation for high and low requencies

Installation no 2 for high and low frequencies. Site-specific installation at Angus-Hughes Gallery in London. For more images and reviews, click here.

This work appears as the physical projection of an otherwise concealed, yet primary force that underlies the activity of listening – not only spatially but also culturally and temporally.... And yet this is not a demonstration of acoustic laws: it puts each listener in a heightened relationship with the aural phenomena and inevitably – like all the forms of sound-making focused on the environment, on the passing and reverberations of time – it prompts deep considerations on how we relate to what moves us and in spite of us; to the shape of what we hear, to how this shape changes and melts with the everyday, how it anchors each listener to the here and now of their listening. Rooted in timeless physical laws, this work nonetheless gains resonance in the contingent, changing laws of individual perception.

 

Daniela Cascella, Frieze Magazine



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ZKM sound art show

The Transplant video (in collaboration with Tim Wainwright) was part of this extensive survey show of sound art at the ZKM Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany. The show runs until January 2013.


Kispiox River sign in winter by John Wynne

A new audio work based on environmental recordings I made in and around the Gitxsan reserve at Kispiox, British Columbia, will be part of the Sounds (Extra)Ordinary exhibition organised by The Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, Canada. The show opens February 1 and all the works will also be broadcast on CKDU FM and other stations across Canada.

John Abram (CN)
Audio Lodge (CN)
Laura Cameron and Matt Rogalsky (CN)
Marla Hlady (CN)
Francisco López (ES)
John Wynne (UK/CN)
Rachel Woolmore-Goodwin (CN)






Bob Wilson at Kispiox photo by Denise Hawrysio for John Wynne's Anspayaxw

I was recently commissioned to make a new radio piece based on some of the materials from my work with speakers of the endangered indigenous language Gitxsanimaax in northern British Columbia. The True Language will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday January 31 during a programme called Short Cuts which starts at 3pm. The theme of this episode is Lost for Words.


Aleks Kolkowski recorded my installation Beating Tones and Flapping Wings last year on a wax cylinder. Here is the recording. You can barely hear the installation, but the recording is all the more intriguing as a result.








Detail of my recent site-specific Installation no 1 for high and low frequencies. It shared the space with Kate Terry's thread piece. The exhibition, Air I Breathe was curated by Mila Askarova.












As well as commissioning the large site-specific installation above, curator Mila Askarova of Gazelli Art House also asked me to show this piece, Hearing Loss, originally made in 2006.



invite

I have two pieces in this group show in London, new installation plus Hearing Loss, a piece from a few years ago. Also in the show are Little Whitehead, Kate Terry and Yoonjin Jung. Click here or the image left to view the invitation. Click here for the press release.

The show is curated by Mila Askarov for Gazelli Art House



Joensuu article

I was recently Head of Jury for an interesting (and possibly unique) "soundscape composition contest" in the city of Joensuu in Finland.  The 9 shortlisted works were played on a 100 speaker sound system permanently installed in a pedestrianized zone of the city.

I'm somewhat cynical about competitions - I think it means something if you win, assuming the judges have been attentive and conscientious, but it can mean very little if you don't win. We probably missed some work which would have sounded great on the street, but we couldn't hear all 143 entries on the public system, so most entries had to be eliminted on the basis of hearing them in less than ideal circumstances. Entries came from all over the world, but we were unanimous in awarding first place to a piece made by a local artist.


Click for translation




This 'enhanced audio CD' has just been released on the Sub Rosa label. Click here for info.

It is also available through Antenne Books in the UK and Art Metropole in Canada.

Contents:
- Audio CD with a 45-minute recording of the installation
- Bouncing off the Walls, a split-screen video by Pete Gomes
- An Aesthetics of Pressure, an essay by Brandon LaBelle

Andromache

I don’t consider myself a ‘theatre person’, but I was approached to do the sound design for a production of Racine’s Andromache by Scottish director Graham McLaren, who is known for his challenging adaptations of the classics.  I liked his open, experimental approach, so I took it on, and working with Graham and the cast for Necessary Angel in Toronto turned out to be a joy.

NOW Magazine:
John Wynne's sound design and Andrea Lundy's stark lighting grip us in fear as we sit on all four sides of a square that could be a military barracks, common area or interrogation room somewhere in a Middle East war zone.

The Torontoist:
The language, set, costumes and sound design (a barely noticeable, persistent, low throbbing that at points builds into the sound of a jet overhead) results in one of the most successful modern adaptations we've seen in recent memory.

The Globe and Mail:
You might come away from this Andromache seeing it as a scathing commentary on shallow western values. You will come away knowing you've seen a thrilling reinterpretation of a classic.




Image: Arsinée Khanjian as Andromache



Anpsayaxw poster

Anspayaxw, a 12-channel sound and photography installation, has just opened at the 'Ksan Museum gallery in Hazelton, British Columbia. The museum is in Gitxsan territory near the Kispiox reserve where the recordings and photographs were made in collaboration with Denise Hawrysio and linguist Tyler Peterson. Runs until October 31, 2011.


BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS

A symposium about auditory spatial awareness and the perception of sound in architectural space to mark the release of an enhanced audio CD of my installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner.

6–8 pm Wed March 23
Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication SE1 6SB

Hugh Huddy
(Writer and accessibility expert at the Royal National Institute of Blind People)

Paul Bavister
(BFLS Architects and The Bartlett School of Architecture)

Ross Brown
(Central School of Speech and Drama)

and a site-specific performance by
Bob Levene

in the dark






An hour-long talk at Clocks and Clouds, an event presented by In the Dark, an organisation dedicated to curating, commissioning and discussing challenging works for radio involving spoken word. March 5, 2011.

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ITU, the surround sound video made by Tim Wainwright and myself, is showing on February 7 at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin as part of Liminality, a programme devised by artist and physician, Ciara McMahon. Tim and I will participate in a discussion on the work on the 7th, and Transplant, the video published with our book, will show on February 9.

 


Accepting the award for Sonic Art at the British Composer Awards 2010 from Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre in London. The award was for the installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner.

The judges described the winning work as "aurally and visually mesmerising, involving a resonant and enigmatic sound world. A highly structured composition with a visual impact."

Listen to BBC Radio 3's coverage of the awards...

 


Mexican art magazine Taxi has reviewed the Newspeak show at the Saatchi Gallery which featured the 300 speaker installation. Click on the left to see the article.



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Installation for 300 speakers, player piano and vacuum cleaner

This show at The Saatchi Gallery has now closed. See here for press coverage and documentation.

With John Wynne’s untitled installation of 300 speakers, amplifiers and other impedimenta I have no doubt that I am in the presence of a work of art. I do not pretend to understand it. I know only that, alone in Gallery 10 where the ceiling is exceptionally high, these grey, brown and black bits and pieces of our technological lives combine in an odd grace as they climb the walls in one corner. They recall, and trounce, Rachel Whiteread’s failure with white plastic boxes in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern and Anish Kapoor’s red-wax-in-the-corner cannon piece in the RA, but Wynne’s profound sense of order makes their disorder and haphazardry seem ridiculous.

Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard

Cage would have enjoyed this. The most disconcerting thing, however, is a long length of vacuum-cleaner hose that snakes from a doorway and between the speakers to the pianola. The hose quivers, writhes and slithers about, as a hidden Hoover powers the pianola. It's like sharing the room with an awakening python.

Adrian Searle, The Guardian


Beating Tones and Flapping Wings was a two-part installation at Wilton's Music Hall in London commissioned for the Cut and Splice Festival and made in collaboration with Denise Hawrysio. Click on the image to the left for a short video clip. Click here for more information and the publication Cut & Splice: Transmission.

... John Wynne‘s deft installation exploring the aural illusion known as the Shepard Phenomenon, as well as a book of interviews and essays edited by Sound Threshold‘s Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati and designed in the style of photocopied electronics manual, added to the impression of Cut & Splice as a celebration of inventiveness, interference and hands-on sonic practice, as well as a conduit for radio’s more mysterious qualities.

Frances Morgan, Frieze Magazine


Anspayaxw is a 12-channel installation with phtographs by Denise Hawrysio shown at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver during Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures. The work will travel to other galleries in Canada in 2011/12

Click here for an essay by Kate Hennessey entitled Asymmetrical Translations: The art of John Wynne.

See below for an interview about this work

Click left for an interview about the Anspayaxw project made by the Museum of Anthropology.

Hearts, Lungs and Minds, a half-hour composed documentary for radio was broadcast for the second time on BBC Radio 3 in December 2009. This piece is based on recordings made with Tim Wainwright while we were artists in residence at Harefield Hospital, one of the world's leading centres for heart and lung transplants. It can be heard, along with another of my works for BBC Radio, at the Sound and Anthropology website of St Andrews University in Scotland.

See below for an interview about the Transplant project.


Click left for a short video about the Transplant project featuring interviews with John Wynne and Tim Waiwright on StaticTV.



Faster Higher Strongeris a 5-channel installation which makes use of publicly visible graphic subversions of the Olympic rings gathered from various sources. It was exhibited in Sound Proof 2, a recent exhibtion in London about the Olympics curated by Monica Biagioli.