The latest addition to our Video Gallery is now viewable at our YouTube Channel!
Find out in only two minutes thanks to this handy little infomercial now available at our YouTube Channel!
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg is featured on the latest interview of the London-based art podcast Artists and Friends, who recorded the episode with hosts Sid and Jim in the café at the V&A Museum in South Kensington last week.
Our Gallery Guide is now available for purchase! This is the complete printed edition of the official Gallery Guide for The Museum of Portable Sound! This is a high-quality, collectible facsimile edition of the very same Gallery Guide the Museum’s visitors use every day. Lavishly illustrated, featuring a record of every object label, every didactic text, every guided tour, a complete walk-through of our Physical Object Collection, and two bonus essays: “A Brief History of Field Recording” and “Echoes of an Exhibition.” Also features writing contributions by Cristina Sousa, Khaled Kaddal, and Mike Hallenbeck. Check out the preview on the book’s Blurb page, then get your own copy!
We’re absolutely thrilled to report we’ve been reviewed by Londonist, the arts & entertainment website! The review does a great job of introducing our museum to a wider public, and summarises our somewhat arcane and complicated visiting policies in a clear, thoughtful manner. If you’re looking for a place to start learning about what we do here at The Museum of Portable Sound, you’ve found it!
Our Director and Chief Curator John Kannenberg will be giving a public talk and hosting a listening workshop at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on 10 April. The talk will cover his work as an artist interested in the sound of museum environments as well as his work establishing The Museum of Portable Sound.
The talk is free and open to the public. RSVP is required: email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place!
The Museum of Portable Sound will be traveling to Rome from 9-15 April – we’ll be participating in a public talk and workshop on the evening of the 10th (details to come) and will have an extremely limited number of visit appointments available during the rest of our time there! If you’re in Rome and want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit our Museum, make sure to book your visit early to avoid disappointment!
Our first course, Listening to Museums, concluded this month at the Science Museum and the V&A in London. We’ll be offering a new section of the course soon, but until then you can read more about it in our Education section – and watch this space, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, to find out when we’ll be offering it again!
We’ve been profiled! The February 2017 issue of Museums Journal has published a full-page profile of The Museum of Portable Sound in their regular “Museum Of…” feature. Learn more about where we came from and what our future plans are by downloading a PDF of the profile!
Beginning in January 2017, we will begin offering courses through our new Education Department – and our first course is entitled Listening to Museums! This course features visits to three different museums in London – the British Museum, Tate Modern, and the Science Museum – each with its own unique sonic atmospheres. You’ll learn different soundwalking techniques, how to become a ‘performative listener’, and how to actively explore museums beyond just looking at them. This three-month, three session course is a bargain at £15 – but if you enrol early, you can take the entire course for just £10!
Our current season’s Gallery Guide is now available for download! This free PDF is an edited version of the printed guide that we offer our visitors. You can now view all of the object labels for the newly expanded permanent collection galleries, as well as read the all-new information about our Physical Objects Collection! You’ll want to use this free Gallery Guide to help plan your visit!
You can also download the mini-catalogue of our current temporary exhibition, Daniel Toca’s Transitivity of Implication, on view in our Exposition Space.
Finally, make sure you pick up the PDF version of our Museum Map!
At our recent Grand Re-Opening Event at London’s Chalton Gallery on 4 November, we also held a private view for Mexican sound artist Daniel Toca’s exhibition, Transitivity of Implication, currently on view in our Exposition Space temporary gallery. As part of Daniel’s exhibition, its curator Cristina Sousa Martínez commissioned him to write an exclusive new text score. Catalogue d’oiseaux was read aloud at the private view by Martínez, and subsequently performed by sound artist Viv Corringham. You can watch a video of the performance above. The performance was audio recorded, and has been added as the final piece of Daniel’s exhibition in the Exposition Space. Make an appointment to visit the Museum and listen to Transitivity of Implication today!
The Museum of Portable Sound announces its Grand Re-Opening event, celebrating the recent expansion of its permanent collection galleries and a new temporary exhibition curated by Cristina Sousa Martínez.
The Museum will hold an exclusive listening event at the Chalton Gallery in London, beginning the evening at 6.00pm when our Director John Kannenberg will play excerpts from our newly-expanded permanent collection galleries, which now contain over 100 objects that explore the culture of sound.
Then at 6.30pm, we will listen to an entire exhibition by emerging Mexican sound artist Daniel Toca:
‘Transitivity of Implication’ is Daniel Toca’s first real approach to sound. It’s about the causal chain that he’s created by transubstantiating his own words into spoken word and sound pieces (with the collaboration of Mexican improviser and musician Carlos Edelmiro), like in a hypothetical syllogism that leads us to conclude that from P we can infer ‘infinite.’
Daniel has also written a text score exclusively for this event, which will be performed live by renowned sound artist and vocalist Viv Corringham.
Copies of the Museum’s brand new guide map will be available for free, and our all-new Gallery Guide will be on display.
Listen to our Director’s presentation of our Museum from the October 2016 instalment of Museums Showoff in London!
We’re thrilled to reveal the cover design for our upcoming Autumn/Winter 2016 edition of our Gallery Guide. This will be a widely expanded guide to reflect our upcoming gallery expansion, which will see the permanent collection galleries displaying more than 100 objects – three times what we currently display now! The new Gallery Guide will contain essays on topics like psithurism, anechoic chambers, and the history of field recording, and will also contain an exclusive first look at the Museum’s physical object collection! Coming soon – watch this space!
But back to the cover! The newly redesigned cover will feature a photograph of a public sculpture that is on display in Zagreb, Croatia. We think it’s quite appropriate, no? We can’t wait to share this exciting new publication with our visitors!
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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