Contingencies Exhibition of Sound Art was curated by Tom Davis, Ambrose Seddon and Bill Thompson and funded by the Emerge research group.
Residency: 13 – 23 February 2015
John Wynne was in residence in the Atrium Art Gallery to develop a new site-specific installation.
Exhibition: 23 February – 13 March 2015
John writes “I arrived in the gallery not knowing what I was going to do, but I did know what I was going to use to do it. I’ve been experimenting with the use of only high and low frequency sounds in a site-specific installation context for some time now. In order to push my investigations into new territory during this residency, and to heighten the level of uncertainty and chance, I have decided to limit myself to using relatively old technology for the reproduction and arrangement of sounds. Technological development now moves so rapidly that the potential of ‘old’ software and hardware is often left unexplored in the race to upgrade and update. In fact, I’m using the first computer I ever owned, an Atari ST which has no hard disk and only around 1 megabyte of RAM. Both visually and sonically, the final form of the installation will be determined by the limits and possibilities of the technology the physical and acoustic characteristics of the gallery itself as an architectural space.”
“I’d like to thank the curators and the Emerge Research Group for giving me this time in the Atrium Art Gallery to carry out my practice-based research. I’d also like to thank the University of the Arts London and Audio Feed Ltd for their support.”
About the artist/researcher:
John Wynne is an award-winning artist whose diverse, research-led practice includes large-scale sound installations, delicate sculptural works, flying radios and award-winning ‘composed documentaries’ that hover on the borders between documentation and abstraction. His installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner was the first sound art in the Saatchi collection. He collaborated with filmmaker Atom Egoyan on a camera obscura sound installation for Aldeburgh Music. His work with endangered languages includes a project with click languages in Botswana and another with one of Canada’s indigenous languages. A year-long residency in a heart and lung transplant centre in collaboration with photographer Tim Wainwright led to a book, a 24-channel installation and a half-hour commission for BBC Radio 3. His most recent exhibition was I Am Not the Cancer, an installation based on women with metastatic breast cancer, has shown in 9 countries, most recently inside the European Parliament in Brussels. John is a Reader in Sound Arts at the University of the Arts London and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London
Selected through open call for works.
- Antonio Della Marina Atrium Art Gallery 16th -20th March fades.net – infinite tendencies of democracy a piece for sinewaves and collective participation, 2012 – 2015
- Angelo Petronella “Inimitable singing” Atrium Art Gallery 23rd – 27th March
Series of talks and performances (funded by Creative Technology Research Group)
Robert Curguven 3rd December 2014
John Wynne 7th Jan 2015
Erik Nystrom 5th Feb 2015