Disinformation exhibition catalogue on sale through Strange Attractor Press…
Featuring a critical essay by the art historian, curator and Wyndham Lewis biographer Richard Humphreys, “The Analysis of Beauty” is a profusely-illustrated, high-quality 204mm-square 48-page perfect-bound paperback, which documents the activities of the installation art and electronic music project Disinformation. Described by The Metro newspaper as “the black-ops unit of the avant-garde”, and by the author Hari Kunzru as (the) “poet of noise”, from 1995 onwards Disinformation began work on a program of research which led to a series of highly-influential and innovative LPs and CDs, which initially focussed on exploring the creative potential of recordings of electromagnetic (often VLF radio) noise phenomena – electrical interference from live mains electricity, electric storms, underground railway systems, industrial and IT hardware, and even the sun.
“The Analysis of Beauty” catalogue documents the evolution of Disinformation’s artistic strategies, including numerous concerts, gallery installations and solo exhibitions, also focussing on the title-exhibit (“The Analysis of Beauty” – which is named after the book by the artist William Hogarth), the “Spellbound” video installation (“An Allegorical Portrait of J. Robert Oppenheimer”), “Theophany” (“The Voice of God”), “National Grid” (sound from live mains electricity), “Stargate” (solar radio noise recordings), the “Rorschach Audio” research project, and Disinformation’s equally influential work at the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Plain, and documentation of the UK’s extraordinary coastal air-defence Sound Mirrors. The Guardian wrote that “Disinformation combine scientific nous with poetic lyricism to create some of the most beautiful installations around”.
“The ear, the organ of fear, could have evolved as greatly as it has only in the night and twilight of obscure caves and woods, in accordance with the mode of life of the age of timidity, that is to say the longest human age there has ever been… That is how music acquired the character of an art of night and twilight.” – Friedrich Nietzsche “Daybreak” 1881 (“The Analysis of Beauty” catalogue, page 38)