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Julius Meytuss “Dnieprostroi – Hydro-Electric Power Station”

Plus Electrification! “National Grid”… as imagined circa 1932…

Special thanks to William English and to Ilia Rogatchevsky

With apologies for not posting this earlier, many thanks to film-maker William English and to sound artist Ilia Rogatchevsky, for featuring Disinformation tracks and audio interviews on their radio programmes on Resonance FM. William English featured Disinformation on two of his “Wavelength” shows, broadcast 14 Oct and 4 Nov 2016, and Ilia Rogatchevsky featured Disinformation on the “Make Art not Warhol” show, broadcast 30 Nov 2016, also publishing text interviews on his own website and on the Ear Room website (which also features artists such as Jez Riley French, Cathy Lane, Ray Lee, Francisco Lopez, Aura Satz, Dawn Scarfe and Janek Schafer, etc). There’s been more activity on Resonance FM since, details to follow soon. In the meantime, here are William and Ilia’s links… +

Complete list of all “Rorschach Audio” lecture-demonstrations *

Arena Talks 2 [secret location] (London) 31 Aug 2016
King’s College (London) 25 June 2016
FHNW-IXDM [keynote] (Basel) 3 March 2016
NES (Skagaströnd) 18 Feb 2016
Freud Museum (London) 23 July 2015
MUMA (Melbourne) 6 June 2015
Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne) 3 June 2015
University of Leeds, 22 Oct 2014
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 8 April 2014
Royal College of Art (London) 7 March 2014
Argos (Brussels) 13 Feb 2014
Edinburgh College of Art [keynote] 28 Nov 2013
ERTZ-Arteleku (San Sebastian) 10 Sept 2013
St. Patrick’s Irish Club (Leamington) 15 July 2013
British Library (London) 28 June 2013
City University (London) 10 May 2013
Labour Club (Northampton) 5 March 2013
Royal College of Art (London) 12 Dec 2012
Science Museum Dana Centre (London) 16 Nov 2012
Apiary Studios (London) 31 Oct 2012
Liverpool Biennial, 6 Oct 2012
Institute of Contemporary Arts (London) 15 Sept 2012
University of Westminster (London) 7 Dec 2011
Vitamin S (Auckland) 13 April 2011
University of Westminster (London) 9 March 2011
Space Studios (London) 11 Sept 2010
Central School of Speech & Drama (London) 23 April 2009
Goldsmiths College (London) 3 March 2009
Goldsmiths College (London) 26 Nov 2008
Goldsmiths College (London) 12 Nov 2008
Anomalous Psychology Research Unit (London) 26 Feb 2008
Thursday Club (London) 31 Jan 2008
Goldsmiths College (London) 24 Jan 2008
Goldsmiths College (London) 31 Oct 2007
Dorkbot, State 51 (London) 21 June 2007
Broadway Cinema (Nottingham) 11 May 2007
Kinetica Museum (London) 7 Feb 2007
London College of Communications, 25 Jan 2007
Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga) 26 Aug 2006
UKISC conference (London) 11 Feb 2006
FACT Beta (Liverpool) 5 Nov 2005
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 14 April 2005
Subliminal Festival (Brussels) 19 Jan 2005
Q Arts / Quad (Derby) 30 June 2004
Hull Time Based Arts, 2 Feb 2004
MUU (Helsinki) 10 March 2002
Cinémathèque (Brighton) 13 Dec 2001
UKISC conference (Dartington) 17 Feb 2001
Royal British Society of Sculptors (London) 29 May 2000

The lectures at Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Saint Patrick’s Irish Club were organised by Café Scientifique, while the Anomalous Psychology Research Unit, Thursday Club and UKISC 2006 lectures all took place at Goldsmiths College. Apologies to anyone who attended for the talks in Riga and Helsinki, which were cancelled owing to serious unforeseen problems (the MUU talk was, I believe, presented to attendees as a printed script).

Thanks to everyone who attended, and to talk organisers and hosts – Eve Anderson, Newton Armstrong, Colette Bailey, Steven Barfield, Tim Blackwell, Zeynep Bulut, Xavier Cejudo, Steve Cleary, Louise Clements, Andrew Clifford, Nic Collins, David Crowley, David Cunningham, Peter Cusack, Ross Dalziel, Martin Dodds, Xabier Erkizia, Jose-Luis Espejo, Andrew Fenchel, Gregg Fisher, Rob Flint, Chris French, Olga Gorionova, Anna Gritz, Barry Hale, Ceri Hann, Dianne Harris, Graham Harwood, Susanna Hertrich, Peter van Hoesen, Rebecca Horrox, Aernoudt Jacobs, Janis Jefferies, Nathan Jones, Marcelo Liberato, Sam Lindley, Rita Leppiniemi, Hans de Man, Stefan Marianski, Ray McFee, Alex McLean, Drew McMillan, Kerryn McMurdo, Armin Medosch, Matthew Miller, Shintaro Miyazaki, Marianne Mulvey, Mikel Nieto, Francis Parker, Martin Parker, Rachel Quarrell, Peter Ride, Rasa Smite, Marq Smith, Raitis Smits, Claire Staunton, Joel Stern, Ive Stevenheydens, Mike Stubbs, Nick Thurston, Ivan Ward, Alexandra Warwick, Liz Whitehead, James Wilkes and Jon Wozencoft (with apologies for any omissions).

Finally thanks also to everyone who came to the (packed) Spring Roll-Call event in Chelsea (see earlier post)…

“National Grid” in “Spring Roll Call”, Chelsea Morgue, 16 March 2017

Disinformation will be exhibiting the “National Grid” sound installation in the “Spring Roll Call” event, in the (former) morgue, under the (former) Royal Army Medical College, ie – Chelsea College of Arts, on Thursday 16 March 2017, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Although the Chelsea College of Arts’ address is given as John Islip Street, instead it’s best to enter from Atterbury Street, opposite the side entrance to Tate Britain… enter to the left of the Georgian building (with the horizontal red brick and white stone stripes and 2 arched windows), then go towards and under the sign that says “UAL”, through the glass door, then follow the signs…

The Morgue
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU

17.30 onwards, featuring – Adam Saunders, Bob Bicknell-Knight, Daniel Bandfield, Disinformation, Edwina Zhao, Hart & Huang, Huijun Lu & Nidelina Zheleva, Tom Milnes, Rika Nakashima, Yasmin Metcalfe, Yonghwan Lee, and Martin Kellet.

19.30 onwards, featuring – Thomas Tyler, Marianne Murray, Bertie Enright-Wells, Uzma Chowdhury, Philip Mill, Lucia Coppola, James A Holland, Nick Perry, Yuri Miyauchi & D. Broughton Waddy.

“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, 1996

Gustav Metzger R.I.P.


Gustav Metzger, 10 April 1926 to 1 March 2017, R.I.P.

Gustav Metzger and “The Wall” by Pink Floyd

“Places of the Mind” at the British Museum

“The exhibition’s title is borrowed from the poet and critic Geoffrey Grigson’s 1949 collection of essays, Places of the Mind. It acknowledges how every landscape drawing is a construct of the mind and (of the) imagination of its creator…”

See “Rorschach Audio” book pages 125 and 132 to 133

Paul Nash and Rorschach Audio

“Nash associated landscape at night with visionary experiences, and he described how the sound of the stream near his home in the stillness of the night was like a voice talking to him, compelling him to write poetry…” (descriptive legend for the painting “Night Landscape” by Paul Nash, 1912*, Tate Britain 2016-2017)…

See the “Rorschach Audio” book, especially page 39

* the Paul Nash exhibition catalogue gives the date for this painting as 1911

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