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Sound Design

JP Guerrier

JP Guerrier is an artist and sound designer based in London. His work explores the life of materials through physical and sonic making. JP is also interested in interactions between art and science, and the possibilities of cross field collaboration and public outreach. JP comes from a background in theatre sound design, having previously graduated from drama school in London (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts) and worked on various productions as a sound designer. Performance is another focus of his practice, and he is interested in the possibility of bringing experimental sound design and new sonic perspectives to dance and theatre practice. 

Recent performances and exhibitions:

Downtowntown Digging - House of Vans (2022)

Sonic Landscapes (w/ Nicholas Faris) - Leave No Trace, IKLECTIK (2021) 

Sonic Landscapes (w/ Nicholas Faris) - White Noise, The Rotunda (2021) 

This is a Listening Exercise - White Noise, IKLECTIK (2021)

Show Location: Battersea campus: Studio Building, Ground floor

I believe we are amalgams of the worlds around us both through the affect of people and non human influence. My practice takes sound as a component of this vibrancy, a signifier of the life of material, and a physical entity which we are entangled with. My recent research centres around phenomenologies of sound, and striving to understand how different sound worlds contribute to who, and what we are. How difference in sonic perception shapes us, and our understanding of the world.

Sonic sculpture “Sheet investigates the connection and interaction between a metalworker and their materials, exploring how they listen and collaborate with metal, and how entangled their lives become. The recorded interviews with metalworkers combine with the tonalities of an arched, suspended steel sheet to create a sonic amalgam of human and metal. The viewer is invited to enter this space and consider the affect of the metal that surrounds them, experiencing and sharing in its resonance.

Over the last few years, I have developed tinnitus; a constant tone piercing through my hearing. The tonality of metal has become something I associate closely with this tone; an echo, or ghost of metal, constantly running through my perception. This experience has prompted me to investigate how the life of metal intertwines with the world, and the lives of other matter around it. What agency it has, and how its presence both physically and sonically creates new posthuman spaces.

"I lay in bed. Listening to the city below me. The night traffic outside my window, faint voices on the road. It had been a long day and I was thankful to lay my head on a pillow. I close my eyes and try to drift into sleep, focussing on the sounds inside myself and letting the outside world fade away. I think about the sound of my breath, slowly in and out. The saliva in my mouth and throat, swirling and gurgling as I swallow. The faint beat of my pulse. The sounds of me. The sounds of my body. They belonged to me. I thought of their rhythm and constancy, how they had been with me for my whole life, providing an ever-present underscoring to my movement through the world – constant reminders of my humanness. The physicality of my fleshy self, presenting in sonic form. Blocks which built my personal sonic identity.

An internal performance of humanness. Though, recently this performance had changed. A new part had been added to the arrangement."

An extract from my dissertation piece, "Cyborg Listening: On Identity".

Photo: Jon Payne

“That glorious feeling of lying on a hill in the sun in the long grass and the wind is gently whistling over the top of the grass ... And there’s that lovely sound of silence … that lovely quiet peace; we’ll never know that ever again.” – Alex Granville, Audio from "Sheet".
“Back in the old days you don’t, well I still don’t, but you don’t wear earphones … You know my ears have had it now from years of driving tractors and machinery and all that sort of stuff…” – Steve Raffill, Audio from "Sheet".

Images of "Sheet", a curved and worked steel sheet suspended from a steel frame.

The piece speaks the words from conversations between metalworkers Steve Raffill and Alex Granville, and myself through the use of a transducer. The words spoken entwine with the resonance of the metal sheet, and surround the audience.


Steel, Transducer, Wire Rope, Amp


200cm x 210cm x 100cm, 00:27:44

Trailer for Sheet. This trailer includes recordings of the sculpture in situ, playing audio through its steel sheet, mixed with unaltered audio from the interviews.

Please contact me for a full recording of the piece.

Photo Credit: Jon Payne
Photo Credit: Jon Payne
Artist talk at Downtown Digging, Photo Credit: Jon Payne

"Sheet" at Downtown Digging, House of Vans (2022)

Downtown Digging was a collaborative show with MA Ceramics and Glass students Inger Sif Heeschen, Zaratea Gården Hurtig, and Alice Vanessa Foxen, MA Sculpture student Jacob Talkowski, and MA IED Sound Design student Nicholas Faris at House of Vans, Waterloo.