The Transplant residency resulted in numerous related works, exhibitions, publications and broadcasts. The following is a select list of four of its exhibited outcomes.

24-channel installation

The Nunnery Gallery, London, September 2008
Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, December 2008 – March 2009

At first sight, it’s three rooms of large format portrait photographs – no cables or speakers anywhere in view. But there is sound everywhere: as shifting audio environment of high-tech hospital machinery, the ominous panting of a pump. Then suddenly a picture speaks to you. This is a cool, spacious show. It’s as if the artists’ very lack of agenda has opened up a space in which the viewer can hear the patients’ voices and think calmly.
— Clive Bell, Wire Magazine
What sounds at first like rain on a tin roof turns out to be the ticking of a mechanical heart. Disarming revelations abound in Transplant, an installation by sound artist John Wynne and photographer Tim Wainwright. The result of a year-long residency at Harefield Hospital Middlesex, it is a piece about the twilit world of anticipation and dread that is the cardiothoracic transplant unit. Here, patients wait in isolation for donor organs, often for months, their survival predicated on the sudden death of a stranger. Both dignified and Brutal , Transplant evokes the melancholy and trauma that underpin this uncanny transaction.
— Ed Baxter, Guardian

Video with surround-sound

TATE Britain, 2007
Old Operating Theatre Museum, London, 2007
Gallery 1313, Toronto, May 2008
National College of Art and Design, Dublin, February 2011

A DVD version is available with the publication The Art of Immersive Soundscapes (University of Regina Press).

This piece was shot in the ITU (Intensive Treatment Unit) of Harefield Hospital. When a patient is wheeled in from the operating theatre, curtains are drawn around the bed for the sake of privacy, and to minimise potential distress to other patients. The curtains do little to attenuate the sound – indeed they can heighten auditory sensitivity and arouse the imagination. ITU patients spend much of the time heavily sedated and often suffer from paranoid hallucinations.

Hearts, Lungs and Minds
Composed documentary for radio

BBC Radio 3, 2008

This composed documentary explores the experiences of transplant patients and the issues raised by this last-option medical procedure.  It weaves personal narratives with the sounds of the hospital environment and
all of the people whose voices are heard have either had a heart and/or lung transplant or were waiting for one.

No need for Casualty this evening: get your hospital sounds for real on Radio 3. John Wynne has the unusual professional title of being one of two artists-in-residence at Harefield Hospital. Over the course of a year he has recorded every buzz, beep, rattle and whoosh of the machines on the heart-and lung transplant wards. He’s also laid down the voices of staff and patients. The former sound distant as they speak in medical argot, but the latter range from frighteningly breathless through to weeping with frustration. It makes for a strangely compelling cacophony.
— Jane Anders, Radio Times

Multi-screen video and surround-sound installation

Herb Garret, St Thomas' Church, London, 2007

Flow is a multi-screen, surround-sound installation commissioned by curator Claire Staunton for Inheritance Projects.  It was made specifically for the Herb Garret, in the roof of St Thomas' Church near London Bridge, where medicinal herbs were stored and cured starting in the early 18th century. The site is adjacent to Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre.


The installation uses materials recorded by the artists during a complex open-heart operation at Harefield Hospital. The sonic and visual imagery in this installation concentrate on the flow of blood to and from the patient, and the machinery involved in the operating theatre.