Museum Staff

The Artist in Front of His Museum (after Charles Willson Peale, 1822)

Director and Chief Curator
John Kannenberg
email: john(at)

Dr John Kannenberg, MFA, PhD 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.

John has delivered lectures on the sonic experience of museums at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, the Institute of Archaeology, and Museums Showoff in London; John Cabot University in Rome; ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; the University of Leicester School of Museum Studies; Università Iuav di Venezia; Aarhus University; the University of Zagreb; Tyneside Sounds Society; and the University of Michigan’s Museum Studies Program.

John’s creative 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.

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 permanent display of ancient Egyptian soundmaking objects for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor.

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

More information about John’s work can be found at

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