John Kannenberg

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Cordolium
Cordolium

A collection of non-verbal laments for the heart in flux.

Cordolium weaves together field recordings from around the world, edited and processed to create audio poems of love, loss, longing, and heartache in all its forms – emotional, intellectual, physical – dedicated to the faint of heart.

The photographs in the accompanying digital booklet add another layer to the stories embedded within the sounds.

"O my heart of my different ages! Do not stand up as a witness against me...Do not tell lies about me...it is indeed well that you should hear!"

– Egyptian Book of the Dead, Papyrus of Ani, 19th Dynasty, 1275 BCE

Recent Projects »

Performing Shiomi's 'Water Music' at White Cube, London

On 13 February 2015, I performed Mieko Shiomi's Fluxus score 'Water Music' in various scenarios for four hours in the White Cube gallery, Bermondsey, London as part of Christian Marclay's solo exhibition. This video is an excerpt of one of the performances.


A Sound Map of the Art Institute of Chicago

A Sound Map of the Art Institute of Chicago is the second in my ongoing series of psychogeographic sound maps of museums. For me, the soundscape of a museum resonates with the active sounds of history - the nexus between a museum’s contemporary sonic world and the historical objects housed within it. The sonic events that I capture inside museums exist within the realms between documentary and drama, awe and aura.


Hours of Infinity

Commission a Drawing

Hours of Infinity is an ongoing series of projects that debuted at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the Work Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two gallery exhibitions, One Hundred Hours of Infinity and Twelve Hours of Infinity: Amduat displayed the output of a deceptively simple, rigorously imprecise drawing method – on the floor with a pencil attached to fishing line – that metaphorically represents the imperfection embedded within the human experience of the infinite.

The complementary installation/performance event An Hour of Infinity featured the simultaneous display of eight live drawing performers, two surround sound installations, and two graphic score musical performances throughout the Kelsey Museum galleries.