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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. 





Artist Statement 

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 



Blantyre, Malawi.


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


The Garden

Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Ephemeral Objects

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

Eavesdropping Festival 

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)

The Passenger

French Institute Alliance Française concert at Florence Gould Hall, NYC (With SWC).



Running Man

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.

Select Press 

Trajectoire, July 2016

Art New Portal, July 2016

L’Exploreur, June 2016

VICE, March 2016


Irish Times, March 2016


The New York Times Style Magazine, May 2012


Tsugi, October 2011


Les Inrockuptibles, September 2011

Liberation Next, 2011


PS1 Art on Air, August 2011 


New York University BA, Composition


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