Jake Harper (Banrei) was born in Washington DC in 1988.
Formerly of New York and Berlin-based Soundwalk Collective, his work has been exhibited internationally in museums including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the National Museum of China, Beijing; the Tate Modern, London; and the New Museum, New York. Since 2013, He has been working with sound and site-specific installation under the name Banrei.
In 2015, he founded Public Decibel, a sonic architecture firm whose aim is to solve placemaking and urban design challenges through sound.
Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, Banrei's work prompts questions of field, perception and duration. Live performance and installation are used to frame a kind of ritual, within which audiences are asked to ponder subtle transformations of space and become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception. Ultimately, Banrei seeks to break apart the notion of the living being as a discreet object. The ritual draws the listener out, to rediscover themselves as a vibrating fabric containing multitudes.
Select Public Presentations of Work
Pfizer factory, Williamsburg , NY
Spies in the Wires
with Michael Bevilacqua, PACT Galerie, Paris
Drop Everything Biennial
Inis Oirr, Ireland.
Offprint London at the Tate Modern
Columbia College, Chicago
Get Clear On What You Think
Maxwell Colette Gallery, Chicago
Father’s to I’ve to Father’s
SMS messages to mobile phones
Silent Funny, Chicago
Thunder in Our Hearts
Noysky Projects, Los Angeles
Fabrik Expo, Los Angeles
Family Album Project Space, Chicago
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego
It's Too Late
Zhou B Art Center, Chicago
“MEDEA: Zig Zag Series” Audio CD, photo book, and travel diary
Published by Dis Voir (With SWC)
Drop Everything Biennial
Inis Oirr, Ireland (with SWC)
Centre Pompidou, Paris (With SWC)
Well / Well / Not-at-all Solo Festival
ESORABAKO, Tokyo, Japan
The Tank, New York.
PS1 Art on Air, NYC (With SWC)
EN Movement Showcase: Anew
Tokyo Salon, Tokyo
Festival of Ideas for the New City Biennial
New Museum (With SWC)
French Institute Alliance Française concert at Florence Gould Hall, NYC (With SWC).
Opera premiere, Riverside Church, NYC.
Lectures / Papers / Demonstrations
“The Anti-Siren: Neurosciences and Public Art” Published paper and presentation. Open Fields Conference organized by the RIXC Center for New Media Culture in partnership with Art Research Lab of Liepaja University and Baltic-Nordic Renewable Network
”AMNMA” Demonstration and lecture. KISS2016 Kyma International Sound Symposium Emergence! De Montfort University Leicester, UK
“The Sonic Garden: Interactive sound in Public Spaces” Demonstration and talk. Pershing Square Renew Technology Committee, Los Angeles USA.
New York University BA, Composition
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