"Birds I wouldn't have heard" (2019). Birds I wouldn’t have heard is a multichannel sound and video installation first shown during the Spare Parts exhibition at Science Gallery London. Made in collaboration with Tim Wainwright, Birds I wouldn't have heard includes a 90-minute video made with materials collected as part of the Transplant and Life project at the Hunterian Museum in 2017. Tim Wainwright died from pancreatic cancer shortly after the artists were commissioned for this exhibition, and John completed the work after discussions with Tim in his final days. The piece conveys the impact of disease and organ transplantation on the daily lives and identity of recipients, live donors, and those on the waiting list. It weaves still and moving images, voice and field recordings to explore the breadth and depth of emotions and experiences encountered while the artists were in-residence at the Royal Free and Harefield Hospitals, both world-leading centres for organ transplants. // © John Wynne

"Transplant and Life" (2016-2017). Transplant and Life was an exhibition at the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons, London. John worked closely with photographer Tim Wainwright to film, photograph and record organ transplant recipients, live donors, people on the waiting list for a transplant, and specialists in the field. They were commissioned to make an artwork that would bring the patient voice into the medical museum, a space normally dominated by specimens, clinical hardware and medical heroes. The exhibition was accompanied by a digital guide designed to enrich the visitor experience via QR codes throughout the exhibition and to provide access to images, sounds and information not on display in the museum. The exhibition consisted of several related installations. In the museum's Crystal Gallery there were 16 high-resolution light boxes and 12 channels of sound, heard via special devices which turned the glass cabinets into sound-producing surfaces. In the Qvist Gallery was a sound and video installation with 4-channel sound and two photographic speaker panels. The work featured all of the abdominal transplant patients and family members with whom the artists worked during their time as artists-in-residence at the Royal Free Hospital in 2016, as well as five of the heart and lung transplant recipients they originally worked with at Harefield Hospital in 2007 and who they revisited in 2016. // © John Wynne

"Transplant" (2016-2017). Transplant was the first collaborative project between John Wynne and the late Tim Wainwright. There were numerous outputs from the project, including a 24-channel gallery installation, a book and DVD, and an award-winning ‘composed documentary’ for BBC radio entitled Hearts, Lungs and Minds. Growing from a one-year artist residency at Harefield hospital, a world-leading centre for heart and lung transplantation, the project explores territory on the borders of art and anthropology, extending the sensory turn in ethnography in the direction of sound and investigating new relationships between sound and still image. Other outputs include ITU, a surround sound video, Flow, a multi-channel sound and video installation at the Old Operating Theatre in London, and Part and Parcel, an 8-channel sound work shown at Kettles Yard and the Whitworth Art Gallery. // © John Wynne

"I Am Not the Cancer" (2013-2015). I Am Not the Cancer is a multi-channel sound and video installation in collaboration with Tim Wainwright based on women from across Europe with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. Originally commissioned for a one-off event in Brussels to mark the launch of an awareness campaign called The Invisible Woman, the piece was so compelling that patient support groups across Europe commissioned bespoke versions in their own countries. Staged in a darkened environment, the audio for each of the 6 video channels was directed in a narrow beam of audio to a single chair in front of the screen. A subtle very low frequency composition created an immersive, concentrated atmosphere that was felt more than heard. Cancer not only affects the body but also encroaches on one’s sense of identity; the title of the piece came from the Dutch participant Tootje, who said, “I have cancer, but I am not the cancer. I am Tootje." // © John Wynne

John is the creative lead on HPNoSS, an interdisciplinary research project which seeks to provide a holistic understanding of sound in the hospital environment and the intimate relationship of noise to sleep, rest, treatment and recovery. An article about this project has been published in the British Medical Journal about the project. The video below documents a workshop and symposium held in a teaching ward in September 2017 as part of the first phase of this ongoing project, which was supported by seed funding from the King's Cultural Fund.

John Wynne. 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 his 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." © John Wynne