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Disinformation “National Grid” [electromagnetic sound art] 1996 to 2017

“Pulsing sub-bass audio suggests associations with the most primal anthropomorphic element in music - the rhythms of the human heart, with foetal and infant hypnagogic sense memories, with seismic activity, the rumble of thunder (Jimi Hendrix claimed that his earliest childhood memory was of a thunderstorm) and even with war. Disinformation's National Grid is a sub-bass installation sourced either from the ambient VLF field radiated by electricity pylons and mains circuits, or directly from the output cables of mains transformers. National Grid offers live physical evidence of environmental electromagnetic pollution, a demonstration of the intrinsic musical properties of alternating current, beat-frequency effects, the architectural acoustics of its own exhibition space, a formula for the realisation and suppression of Futurist sound art, a cathartic response to the pressures of urban life, a monolithic soundtrack for the genius of electrification and for the bitter conflicts between government and organised labour for control over the nation's electrical infrastructure.” - Disinformation “National Grid” Ash International, Ash 3.2 LP, copyright © 1996


“London was the capital of the electricity of the mind” - Geoffrey Grigson © 1957


Disobey, Holloway, London, 10 Oct 1996

Royal College of Art, Kensington, 5 Dec 1996

Museum of Installation, Deptford, July 1997

South London Gallery, Camberwell, 15 Aug 1998

Nuclear Warfare Command Centre, Anstruther, 25 Sept 1998

Lux Cinema, Hoxton, 9 Dec 1998

Volksbühne, Berlin, 27 June 1999

ZKM, Karlsruhe, 16 July 1999

Arctic Corsair, Hull, Oct 1999

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Jan to March 2000

Sonic Boom, Hayward Gallery, 2 June 2000

The Dom, Moscow, 26 Sept 2000

Fabrica, Brighton, Nov to Dec 2001

The Royal Institution, Mayfair, 22 May 2004

Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, 19 Nov 2004 *

The Guardian Science Writers Xmas Party, 13 Dec 2004 *

Hull Art Lab (Humber Street, Kingston-upon-Hull) 4 Feb 2005 *

Cargo Nightclub, Hoxton, 17 Feb 2005 *

The Foundry, Hoxton, Oct 2005

Westbourne Studios, Notting Hill, 18 Sept 2006 *

The Junction, Cambridge, 27 April 2007 *

Centre for Life, Newcastle, 5 March 2008 *

Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ, Aug 2009

When the Dust Settles, Dalston Bunker, Oct 2010

Living Rooms, Auckland, NZ, April 2011

Frequency Festival, Lincoln, Oct 2011

Usurp Gallery, Harrow, 8 Nov 2011

GV Art, Marylebone, Nov to Dec 2013

Inspace, Edinburgh, 29 Nov 2013

Le Bon Accueil, Rennes, Oct to Nov 2014

The Auricle, Christchurch, NZ, Feb 2015

The Morgue, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 March 2017

Assembly of Disturbance, Shoreditch, 7 Oct 2017

Gallery 46, Whitechapel, 15 Feb 2018

Kino Siska, Ljubljana, 21 March 2018

CMK, Koper, 22 March 2018

Caponier Tunnel, Newhaven Fort, 22 Sept 2018


* Disinformation + Strange Attractor -

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