This work will emerge incrementally on MOCALondon_WE as a series of short Instagram videos produced over a month of studio experimentation exploring the interaction of sound, images, objects and text. Each instalment will develop in a progressive but aleatoric way from the preceding one, without a predetermined overall outcome. The results will be collated at the end of the month on this page of the MOCA website. The starting point for the first video is the justification given by Derek Chauvin for his use of excessive force against George Floyd: that Mr Floyd was “large” and that he appeared to be “on something”. On May 14-16, Relaxation and Nothingness, a film by Denise Hawrysio with sound by John Wynne will be projected (after sundown) on the front windows of MOCA London. This work was developed from a live MOCA FOCUS Zoom intervention made during the first London lockdown.
John Wynne’s work originates from a focus on sound, but his diverse practice includes large-scale installations, delicate sculptural works, flying radios, photographs you can hear, and composed documentaries that negotiate the borders of documentation and abstraction. His monumental Installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner was the first piece of sound art in the Saatchi collection and the centrepiece of Newspeak, an exhibition that attracted over half a million visitors. Alongside his site-specific installation practice, he has worked with speakers of endangered languages in Botswana and Canada and with heart and lung transplant patients in the UK, with installations in international venues including the Art Gallery of Namibia, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, and Gazelli Art House in London. He is Emeritus Professor of Sound Art (University of the Arts London) and has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London.