John Wynne

An interview in the American journal TransplantNATION about the two projects I did with the late Tim Wainwright, working with transplant patients in two UK hospitals.

Noise Pollution in Hospitals, co-authored with the rest of the HPNoSS team, is published in the British Medical Journal, one of the world's leading peer-reviewed medical research journals.

The Routledge Companion to Sounding Art

Edited by Marcel Cobussen, Vincent Meelberg and Barry Truax. Contributors include Douglas Kahn, Steven Feld, Helmi Järviluoma, Don Ihde, Katharine Norman, Jean-Paul Thibaud, David Dunn, David Toop, Emily Thompson, Salomé Voegelin, Frances Dyson, Seth Kim-Cohen, Andrea Polli and John Wynne.

In my chapter is entitled '> image > memory > sound > text'. I decided to approach writing about sound by starting with images and working through the memories they trigger. Anspyaxw is a sound and photography installation which grew from my work with speakers of Gitxsanimaax, an endangered indigenous language in British Columbia, Canada. When I looked back through the photographs taken by Denise Hawrysio and myself during our fieldwork in and around the reserve of Kispiox, the first thing that struck me was the untold – the people, stories, sounds and relationships that got left behind in the process of turning fieldwork into artwork. Of course, fieldwork is itself a selective process from which much experience is, of necessity, either actively or passively filtered out, but perhaps the process of revisiting these images can help to unravel some of the apparently neatly tied threads of this project by working back through its heretofore undocumented history to the sounds that did – and didn’t – find their way into the final work.

Beyond text? Critical practices and sensory anthropology

This publication, edited by Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving and Christopher Wright contains a short text about the Transplant project and the accompanying DVD features a 20-minute excerpt from the Transplant video.

Beyond text? Critical practices and sensory anthropology is about the relationship between anthropological understandings of the world, sensory perception and aesthetic practices. The volume brings together leading figures in anthropology, visual and sound studies to explore how knowledge, sensation and embodied experiences can be researched and represented by combining different visual, aural and textual forms. The book and DVD make an argument for a necessary, critical development in anthropological ways of knowing that take place not merely at the level of theory and representation but also through innovative fieldwork methods and media practices.

a new tradition

This book celebrates 5 years of exhibitions at Gazelli Art House in London. My work is featured with 8 pages of images and text. Click image on left to see inside.

August 2015 marks the release of version 2.1 of the app Hearing Voices: Speakers/Languages. Free download from ELP Publishing. For Mac OSX or Windows. It contains recordings and photographs, as well as interviews and information about the highly endangered Khoi and San 'click languages' I recorded in the Kalahari Desert in collaboration with linguist Andy Chebanne and artist Denise Hawrysio.

Thanks to David Nathan for his hard work and perseverance in sorting out bugs and making some great improvements in design and functionality. Thanks also to my Fb friends who helped by beta testing. The original design was done in collaboration with Rob Munro. Foreword by David Toop.

The app is accompanied by the article below in LDD 12.

Language Documentation and Description Volume 12

Edited by David Nathan and Peter Austin, this is a Special Issue on Language Documentation and Archiving

My 30-page contribution is entitled 'Hearing Voices: Research and creative practice across cultures and disciplines'. I was invited to discuss the process, issues and techniques involved in my field recording practices, with particular reference to the project I carried out in the Kalahari Desert with linguist Dr Andy Chebanne of the University of Botswana. Together with Denise Hawrysio, who took photographs during the fieldwork, we documented speakers of 5 highly endangered 'click languages'.

The publication coincides with the development of an updated version of the interactive app Hearing Voices, which contains an archive of many of the recordings and photographs from this project, English translations, recordings of click-language choirs, maps and information about the languages, and interviews with Dr Chebanne and Professor Austin, the Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics at SOAS. See above.

Urban Traces - Wahrnehmung im öffentlichen Raum (Perception in Public Space)

Edited by Barbara Herbert and Jasmina Samssuli, this German/English book includes contributions from architects, historians, film-makers, artists, designers, gallerists and one sound artist.

My chapter, entitled 'Outside In: Re-framing urban noise', discusses my work over the last two decades, focussing on its relationship to sound in the urban environment.

Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening

Listening requires intensified concentration and attentiveness toward what one is listening to; linked to notions of desire, anticipation and understanding, it is a striving for possible meaning. Edited by Berit Fischer and published to accompany an exhibition that attempts to reconcile audio practices with contemporary social and political realities, this book understands listening as agency, gesture, attitude and taking a position. It supplements and develops further the exhibition’s concepts with material by additional artists, offering a comprehensive overview of the notion and politics of listening. Contirbutors include Andra McCartney, Christine Sun Kim, Brandon LaBelle, Peter Cusack, Udo Noll and John Wynne.

My chapter is about the Anspayaxw project.

The Art of Immersive Soundscapes

Edited by Pauline Minevich and Ellen Waterman, this book "provides a fascinating tour of contemporary sound art practices that comprises scholarly essays, artists’ statements, and a DVD with sonic and visual examples. Included are perspectives from soundscape composition and performance, site-specific sound installation, recording, and festival curation."

Contributors include: Andrea Polli, Barry Truax, Hildegard Westerkamp, Darren Copeland, Gabriele Proy.

My chapter, ITU: The Din of Recovery, examines sound in the intensive treatment environment of one of the world's leading centres for heart and lung transplants, where I was artist-in-residence for a year. The DVD contains ITU, a surround sound video made in collaboration with photographer Tim Wainwright.

Risky engagements: encounters between science and art

Edited by Rupert Cox and Angus Carlyle, this publication "explores the complexities, uncertainties and risks involved in the communication of scientific understanding as an issue of art and as an issue of public health." Contains an essay and images from my work with heart and lung transplant patients in collaboration with photographer Tim Wainwright.

Other topics include the sounds of Chernobyl (Peter Cusack), Literary Resistance and Minimata disease (Masami Yuki), Fukishima and the philosophy of containment (Toshio Kuwako), pain and painting (Andrew Irving), human geography and modern ruins (Michael Gallagher), and organic farming and noise mapping at the edge of Japan's second busiest airport (Cox, Carlyle and Kozo Hiramatsu).


dited by Victoria Hume and designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio, this book contains a collection of essays with a wide range of perspectives on Wynne and Wainwright's Transplant project and the wider issues it raises. Contributors include David Toop, Charles Darwent, Lesley Sharpe, Magdi Yacoub, and Marcia Farquhar.

Includes a 35-minute video by the artists.

Available through rb&hArts:

Installation for 300 speakers, pianola and vacuum cleaner

This Enhanced Audio CD contains a 45-minute recording of the installation
as well as Bouncing off the Walls, a split-screen time-lapse video documenting the development of the piece. The enclosed booklet includes An Aesthetics of Pressure, an essay by Brandon LaBelle.

It is distributed by Sub Rosa and is also available through Antenne Books in the UK and Art Metropole in Canada.

Playing with Words: The spoken word in artistic practice

Edited by Cathy Lane and published by CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice).
Contributors include Laurie Anderson, Ansuman Biswas, Jaap Blonk, Brandon LaBelle, Katharine Norman, David Toop, Trevor Wishart, John Wynne, Pamela Z.

Click here for more information on the book.

A double CD of audio work by contributors is available through Gruenrekorder.

Autumn Leaves: Sound and the environment in artistic practice is a

Edited by Angus Carlyle and published by CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), this book is accompanied by 27 free downloadable audio tracks, a compilation which won a 2009 Qwartz Electronic Music Award in France.

Other contributors include Peter Cusack, Jem Finer, Christina Kubisch, Phil Niblock, Hildegard Westerkamp, and Chris Watson.

Click here to download the audio tracks

Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice

Edited by Arnd Schneider and Chris Wright, this book "provides new and challenging arguments for considering contemporary art and anthropology in terms of fieldwork practice."

My chapter is entitled
Hearing Faces, Seeing Voices: Sound Art, Experimentalism and the Ethnographic Gaze.

Other contributors include Steven Feld, George Marcus, and Lucy Lippard

Cut & Splice: Transmission

Edited by Daniela Cascella and Lucia Farinati, this publication includes interviews with and statements by all artists in the Cut & Splice: Transmission festival, newly commissioned texts, reprinted historical texts and interviews, graphic scores and archival material.

Featuring Antonin Artaud, Ed Baxter, Jaap Blonk, John Cage, Nicolas Collins, Douglas Kahn, Jakob Kirkegaard, Sharon Kivland, Tetsuo Kogawa, Brandon LaBelle, Max Neuhaus, Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Gregory Whitehead, John Wynne and others.

The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State

Edited by Hilary Powell and Isaac Marrero-Guillamón
, this book brings together creative and critical work that has emerged in response to the arrival of the Olympics in East London.

With contributions from Iain Sinclair, Lara Almarcegui, Jem Finer, Julian Walker, Susan Pui San Lok and many others.

Wet Sounds

An excerpt from Response Time appears on this CD featuring work played on an underwater speaker system which has toured swimming pools around Europe and throughout the UK.

Other artists on the CD include Hildegard Westerkamp, Yoshi Shinagawa, Erik De Luca and Spax.