Museum Staff

The Artist in Front of His Museum (after Charles Willson Peale, 1822)Director and Chief Curator
John Kannenberg
email: john(at)museumofportablesound.com

John Kannenberg is a multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates the sonic geography of museums, the psychology of collection, the processes of making and observing art, and the human experience of time.

John’s work has been presented across the globe including appearances at Tate Modern and the White Cube gallery in London, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Cairo’s 100Live electronic music festival, the First Glance video exhibition in Tripoli, and Neighborhood Public Radio’s American Life project for the Whitney Biennial.

As a composer, John’s graphic notation work has been published in Theresa Sauer’s comprehensive survey Notations 21 and performed by Manchester, UK’s Chiasmus Ensemble. His sound work has been released by a variety of international record labels including Flaming Pines, Entr’acte, 3LEAVES, and Crouton, and also been featured by Hyperallergic.com.

His curatorial work has included exhibitions for radio, online, and physical venues including the ZKM Medienmuseum, the Herskovits Library of African Studies in Chicago, the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Perth, London’s ResonanceFM art radio station, and the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery at the University of Michigan. John has also curated a display of ancient Egyptian soundmaking objects for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor.

John has delivered lectures on the sonic experience of museums at the National Gallery in London, the Courtauld Institute, the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies, Aarhus University, Tyneside Sounds Society, Università Iuav di Venezia, Museums Showoff London, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Michigan’s Museum Studies Program.

His writings concerning the philosophical connections between sound, time, memory, collection, and museums can be found at Phonomnesis.com.


Curatorial Assistant Cristina Sousa MartínezCuratorial Assistant
Cristina Sousa Martinez
email: cristina(at)museumofportablesound.com

Cristina Sousa Martínez is a curator experimenting with sound and video. Her main areas of interest are the concepts of ‘the infinite’, ‘tears’ in mediums (time/space) and everything related to language. She holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico), an MA in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thinking from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and an MA in Sound Art from the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain).

So far, her curatorial experiences had taken place within her own personal artworks such as ocho acostado (Barcelona, 2012) and World Minute: A Time Zones’ Soundscape Project (Xalapa, 2014). After relocating to the UK, Cristina presented her first curatorial project for a museum, Transitivity of Implication (2016), in which she analyses the first sound works by Mexican artist Daniel Toca.

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