PRIVATE VIEW: Jessica Akerman

Heave and Flow: Jessica Akerman Records Soundscapes of Labour & Play

On 17 June, the Museum of Portable Sound held a private view for its latest temporary exhibition in its Exposition Space. Heave and Flow: Jessica Akerman Records Soundscapes of Labour & Play is a solo exhibition by artist Jessica Akerman, guest curated by Dr. Irene Noy of the Courtauld Institute, presenting a group of recordings that explore song and sound in the context of labour and play.

It was a sound art private view unlike any other, during which Museum Director John Kannenberg led a listening session, playing the recordings that make up the exhibition in their entirety – our audience was actually able to hear the sound at a sound art private view! This was then followed by discussion and Q&A with Dr. Noy and Ms. Akerman.

DATE: 17 June 2016
TIME: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
LOCATION: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle


Published by Dr John Kannenberg

John Kannenberg is an artistic researcher whose work investigates sounds as museological objects. Via an acoustemological approach, he considers the histories and cultures surrounding sounds, the technologies that generate or record them, and the auditors who hear or listen to them. He holds a PhD in sound & museums from the University of the Arts London, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree and Graduate Certification in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. He is Director and Chief Curator of The Museum of Portable Sound. Learn more about his work at

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