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“Language [as] Meta-Technology” ****

“Language [as] Meta-Technology” [edition 2] by Disinformation

Accessible every day – 10am to 6pm
Fri 23 July to Sun 1 Aug 2021

White Box Gallery
5 Hare & Billet Road
London SE3 0RB

The book “Rorschach Audio – Art & Illusion for Sound” argues that “the earliest form of sound recording technology was not a machine but was written language”. “Language [as] Meta-Technology” is a kinetic audio installation, exhibited by the artist project Disinformation, which, extrapolating that concept, uses a commercially available speech synthesiser to articulate, among other statements, the assertions that “the ultimate form of communications technology is language itself”, and that “all literature and poetry are forms of sonic art”. “Language [as] Meta-Technology” is an automated installation, which will be fully accessible online and from outside White Box gallery.

Image: “Language [as] Meta-Technology” montage © Joe Banks 2021

Disinformation in “Sounds & Shapes” ****

Matchett & Page’s summer exhibition, Sounds & Shapes, is installed across the site of Shatwell Farm. The exhibition includes two site specific works: a sound installation by Disinformation in one of the disused grain silos, and a geometric patio-courtyard designed by Denman + Gould. The geometric theme continues into the Haybarn gallery with silkscreen prints that explore colour and shape by Lucy or Robert.

Open weekends, 11am to 5pm
17 July to 1 August 2021
… and by appointment

Matchett & Page
Shatwell Farm
Shatwell Lane
Yarlington BA9 8DL

William F. Temple – “Electric Symphony” (1951)

“A dozen electric motors started humming in a dozen different keys. A spark-gap lit the place with a vivid, leaping blue light which chased the shadows out of the gloomier corners, constantly retreating and springing again… The noise was tumultuous now. The dynamo was not bolted down as securely as it might have been, and it seemed to be roaring in an attempt to free its fettered feet. The vibrations were setting the floor a-tremble, and they came through the soles of my shoes as though the leather were but paper. The electric symphony of the small motors was almost unendurable: I remember making the mental comment: “Thank God Mossolov never got into here!” The air itself seemed to be oscillating with electricity. My mouth was prickling with it, as though my tongue were on the prongs of one of those flat batteries for flash-lamps… A red lamp screwed on the coarse planks lit up like a traffic light. Automatically everything seemed to cut out. The spark-gap died in a last flash, all the motors stopped with choked growls like a pack of frustrated hounds, and the big dynamo began to run down with a note oddly sweet now, a falling cadence like the violins in the Largo of the New World Symphony, deepened into the realm of cellos, became a throb, a whirring, a fluttering, the breath of a sigh… and was silent.”

William F. Temple “Four Sided Triangle” Galaxy Science Fiction 1951

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Bruno Schulz – “Sklepy Cynamonowe” (1934)

“The metals dipped in acid solutions, salty and rusting in that painful bath, began to conduct in darkness. Awakened from their stiff lifelessness, they hummed monotonously, sang metallically, shone molecularly in the incessant dusk of those mournful and late days. Invisible charges rose in the poles and swamped them, escaping into the circling darkness. An imperceptible tickling, a blind prickly current traversed the space polarised into concentric lines of energy, into circles and spirals of a magnetic field. Here and there an awakened apparatus would give out signals, another would reply a moment later, out of turn, in hopeless monosyllables, dash-dot-dash in the intervals of a dull lethargy. My father stood amongst those wandering currents, a smile of suffering on his face, impressed by that stammering articulation, by the misery, shut in once and for all, irrevocably, which was monotonously signalling in crippled half-syllables from the un-liberated depths.”

Bruno Schulz “Kometa” (“The Comet”) from “Sklepy Cynamonowe” 1934

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Electromagnetic Sound Art – Disinformation and “National Grid”

“Communism equals Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 1921

Electronic music producer, researcher and installation artist Joe Banks discusses “National Grid” – the highly influential sound installation, recording and performance concept, which Joe produces under the aegis of the art project Disinformation. “National Grid” is a work of electromagnetic sound art, originally created using VLF-band radio technology, later using direct line noise from live mains electricity. “National Grid” was first performed live and published on LP in 1996, and first exhibited as an art gallery sound installation in 1997. “National Grid” has since been exhibited and performed nearly 40 times, most recently at the Fort Process Festival, Newhaven, in 2018. This presentation discusses technical, musical and symbolic aspects of “National Grid”, in relation to art history, to experimental and classical music, and in relation to literature, featuring short readings from the writers H.G. Wells, William F. Temple and Bruno Schulz.

Documentation + audio commentary, featuring – Disinformation “National Grid”, remix by Bruce Gilbert 1997; Disinformation “National Grid”, LP version 1996 (CD re-issue 1997); Disinformation “National Grid”, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig) “New Forms” CD 2000; Disinformation, live at the Dom Culture Centre (Moscow) 28 Sept 2000, featuring Mike Walter + Andy Knight; Disinformation + Strange Attractor, live at New Corsica Studios (London) 19 Nov 2004, featuring Mark Pilkington; H.G. Wells “Lord of the Dynamos” (extract) 1894; William F. Temple “Four Sided Triangle” (extract) 1951; Bruno Schulz “Sklepy Cynamonowe” (extract) 1934; Disinformation “Barcelona” (unreleased) remix 2017. Total running time 41:19.

Programme commissioned by the Listening Arts Channel, 19 March 2021 –

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Image: “National Grid” montage from video by Joe Banks + Barry Hale – video installation commissioned by Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, Nov 2001

Electromagnetic Sound Art, 1996 to 2016 **

Disinformation on Resonance 104.4 FM – Wavelength – 4 November 2016 –

Disinformation on BBC Radio 4 – Broadcasting House – 15 June 2008 –

Disinformation on BBC Radio 4 – Broadcasting House – 2 November 2008 –

… all discussing work published 1996 onwards

“Theophany” by Disinformation – the world’s shortest sound installation ****

The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A… Hyōshigi and John Latham… time itself as an artistic medium… a pistol shot in the Louvre… museology & audio convolution…

Waveform [above] + article [see link] © Joe Banks

Magazine feature –

“Theophany” by Disinformation was most recently exhibited in the “Language [as] Meta-Technology” exhibition, Passengers Offsite, Sluice HQ (London) Nov 2018. Previous installations include the Freud Museum (London) June 2015, the Burghley House Sculpture Garden (Lincolnshire) April 2007, Saltburn Artists Projects, Jan 2007, Canolfan Gelf Wrecsam, Oct 2006, The Foundry (London) May 2005, Derby Quad (formerly Q Arts) June 2004, South Hill Park (Bracknell) April 2004, Quay Arts (Isle of Wight) Feb 2004, Fabrica Gallery (Brighton) Nov 2001, and the Raphael Cartoon Room at The V&A (London) 3 Nov 2000.

“Spellbound” video by Disinformation ****

“The face is the mirror of the mind; and eyes, without speaking, confess the secrets of the heart” – Saint Jerome (Letter to Furia, AD 394)

Photomontage [above] + article [see link] © Joe Banks

Magazine feature –

“Spellbound” by Disinformation was most recently exhibited at the Light Sensitive Material conference, University of West London, Nov 2019, at the Moving Image Salon, Film & Video Umbrella (London) 13 Sept 2019, and in the “Language [as] Meta-Technology” exhibition, Passengers Offsite, Sluice HQ (London) Nov 2018. Previous gallery exhibitions include Goldsmiths College (London) Dec 2008, Derby Quad (formerly Q Arts) June 2004, the Huddersfield Art Gallery, Jan 2003, Fabrica Gallery (Brighton) Nov 2001, the Royal Society of Sculptors (London) March 2001, and the Raphael Cartoon Room at The V&A (London) 3 Nov 2000.

Disinformation at Museo Reina Sofía ****

Audiosphere – Sound Experimentation 1980 to 2020 – opens at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, October 2020, exhibition continues until January 2021. Audiosphere features works by Christoph Cox, Disinformation, Alessandra Eramo, Jez Riley French, Ryoji Ikeda, Caleb Kelly, Jørgen Teller, James Webb, Jana Winderen, plus many others. Audiosphere “looks to cover an historical and cultural void in terms of the recognition, exhibition and analysis of… recent changes… in the artistic conception of sound”, exposing artists “the majority unknown to the contemporary art spectator”.

Audiosphere – Audiosfera [Sound Experimentation 1980 to 2020]
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Calle Santa Isabel, 52
28012 Madrid

Opens 14 Oct 2020 to 15 Feb 2021
Mondays – 10am to 9pm
Tuesdays – closed
Weds to Sat – 10am to 9pm
Sundays – 10am to 2:30pm

Exhibition curated by Francisco López

Sponsored by Audio-Technica

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