John Connell is a Berlin-based composer, sound designer, media theorist, and meditation teacher with a deep interest in the way technology and media can alter perception and affect the formation of our personal and social subjectivities.
At the core of his work is the question of listening as a practice in and of itself. Connell is fascinated with the ways in which the act of listening can open up new levels of awareness about space, both the external and the internal, as well as how social interactions are implicated in the arts.
Connell has performed at experimental electronic music showcases such as TodaysArt, Berlin Atonal, the Spatial Sound Institute in Budapest, and the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. His essays, talks, and workshops examining spatial sound and social theory have been presented at Goldsmiths University of London, TEDxDanubia, CTM Berlin, State Festival, and others. He is the creative director of 4DSOUND as well as board member of the Spatial Sound Institute, and has curated several multidisciplinary artist residencies exploring the relationship between sound, space, and perception. These include Circadian, which investigates how spatial listening influences states of consciousness over time, and Techno Is Space, in which he worked with techno artists to spatially deconstruct the psychoacoustic character of experimental club music.