Professor John Wynne has retired from his staff post as Professor of Sound Art. In honour of his commitment to the University, John has been awarded Emeritus Professor status and as such will continue his long-standing relationship with us.
John began his career at UAL around 20 years ago as a lecturer at the Backhill site – in the very early days of Sound being established as a separate discipline. Having recruited and supported hundreds of students as 1st Year tutor on the BA Sound Arts course for many years, John has also taught on the MA course and supervised PhD students, becoming Reader and then Professor of Sound Art within CRiSAP.
John’s work, which has been experienced around the world in museums, galleries, public spaces and on radio, ranges from large-scale site-specific installations to delicate sculptural works; from architectural sound drawings to flying radios and ‘composed documentaries’ that hover between documentation and abstraction. His Installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner was the first piece of sound art in the Saatchi collection and was the centrepiece of the gallery’s 2010 summer show, which attracted over half a million visitors. He won the British Composer Award for Sonic Art and his works for BBC Radio have twice won awards at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago. He has worked with speakers of endangered languages in Botswana and Canada and with organ transplant patients in the UK.