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Disinformation is a sound, video and kinetic art project, which, since 1995, produced a series of pioneering experimental music and installation art works, using electromagnetic (often VLF radio) noise, radiated by live mains electricity, lightning, industrial and IT hardware, railway and metro systems, and even the sun, etc. Disinformation rapidly crossed-over into the field of installation art, exhibiting the highly influential “National Grid” sound installation at the Museum of Installation in 1997, “The Analysis of Beauty” at Kettle’s Yard, and a hugely successful (and wildly interactive) sound, light and experimental painting installation (since retitled “The Origin of Painting”) at The Hayward Gallery in 2000, among many others. Disinformation also exhibited and published the earliest (and, to date, the most extensive) artist documentations of the monolithic concrete air-defence “sound mirrors” found at various sites on the UK coast.

Disinformation has recorded 8 commercially published CDs and LPs, performed more than 100 concerts, exhibited in over 50 gallery shows, and been the subject of 15 UK solo exhibitions. Disinformation has performed and exhibited internationally and in the UK, in nuclear bunkers, bank vaults, chapels and church crypts, a railway tunnel, trawlers, a punk squat, cinemas, outdoor sculpture parks, nightclubs, community centres, pubs, cocktail bars, libraries, numerous universities and art galleries, in the Olympic stadium in Barcelona and in major galleries and museums.

Disinformation exhibits have been described as “actively thrilling” by The Financial Times, as “particularly sensuous” by The Wire, as “visually sophisticated (and) distinctive and intelligent” by Art Monthly, and as “mesmerising” by Aesthetica Magazine. Author Hari Kunzru described Disinformation as (the) “poet of noise”, sci-fi author Jeff Noon wrote in The Independent that “people are fascinated by this work”, The Metro newspaper described Disinformation as “the black-ops unit of the avant garde”, and The Guardian wrote that “Disinformation combine scientific nous with poetic lyricism to create some of the most beautiful installations around”.

Disinformation founder Joe Banks is a former Honourary Visiting Fellow at City University in London, an AHRC-sponsored Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College and The University of Westminster, and is the author of the book “Rorschach Audio – Art & Illusion for Sound”. Joe has also written for Art Monthly, for Cabinet, Sound Projector and Shoppinghour magazines, for Strange Attractor Journal, The Psychologist (published by the British Psychological Society), for the AXNS (Art x Neuroscience) website, and for Leonardo Music Journal (published by the MIT Press).

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Disinformation Solo Exhibitions

Georgian Gallery, Talbot Rice (Edinburgh) Nov 2014
Usurp Gallery (London) Jan to March 2011
Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle) Feb 2009
Goldsmiths College (London) Dec 2008
Saltburn Artists Projects, Jan to Feb 2007
Wrexham Arts Centre, Oct to Dec 2006
The Foundry [sub-basement] (London) Oct 2006
The Foundry [sub-basement] (London) Oct 2005
The Mac (Birmingham) July to Aug 2005
Q Arts / Quad (Derby) June to July 2004
South Hill Park (Bracknell) April to May 2004
Quay Arts (Isle of Wight) Feb to March 2004
Ashcroft Arts Centre (Fareham) Sept 2003
The Huddersfield Art Gallery, Jan to March 2003
Fabrica (Brighton) Nov to Dec 2001

Selected Group Exhibitions

Art Language Location 2016, Ruskin Gallery (Cambridge) Oct 2016
Festival of the Unconscious, Freud Museum (London) June to Oct 2015
London – A Sonic Fragment, The Auricle (Christchurch, NZ) Feb 2015
Babylone Electrifiée, Le Bon Accueil (Rennes) Oct to Nov 2014
Noise & Whispers, GV Art Gallery (London) Nov to Dec 2013
Frequency Festival, The Collection (Lincoln) Oct 2011
Living Rooms Public Art Festival (Auckland) April 2011
A History of Sound Art, Whitechapel Gallery (London) March 2011
When the Dust Settles, Dalston Bunker (London) Oct 2010
ΗΧΟΠΟΛΙΣ, Action Field Kodra (Thessaloniki) Sept 2010
Courtisane Festival + Exhibition (Ghent) Jan 2010
Viktor Wynd Fine Art (London) Jan 2010
AC/DC, Gus Fisher Gallery (Auckland) Aug 2009
Recycled Frequencies, Wolstenholme Square (Liverpool) May 2009
Liminal, INIVA [Rivington Place] (London) March to April 2009
Moths to a Flame, T1&2 Gallery (London) Sept 2008
Dislocate 8, Souzoukukan 9001 (Yokohama) Aug 2008
The Party Project (Spanish touring exhibition) July to Aug 2008
Essence, Beldam Gallery (Brunel University) July 2008
Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 2008
Upstaging Nature, Sydenham Hill Woods [railway tunnel] (London) Aug 2007
Territories, Study Gallery of Modern Art (Poole) July to Oct 2007
Dislocate 7, Ginza Art Laboratory (Tokyo) July 2007
4’33”, Magazin 4 (Bregenz) July 2007
Burghley House Sculpture Garden (Lincolnshire) April to Oct 2007
Waves (Viļņi) Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga) Aug 2006
The Foundry [sub-basement] with Strange Attractor (London) May 2006 ‡
Node London, E:vent Space, March 2006
Art of Permanence & Change, Sydenham Hills Woods (London) May 2005
Circle of Sound, The Foundry (London) May 2005
Subliminal, Beursschouwburg (Brussels) Jan 2005
Drawing the Line, Orleans House Gallery (Twickenham) Nov 2004 to Jan 2005
Switched On, Wembley Public Arts Strategy (London) Nov 2004
Visions of Space & Sanctuary, Brunswick Centre (London) April 2003
The War Effort, Manchester School of Art, Holden Gallery, Jan to Feb 2003
Transcience, Kiasma (Helsinki) Nov 2002
MTV Awards, Olympic Stadium (Barcelona) Nov 2002
Vauxhall Open, St. Peter’s Heritage Centre (London) May 2002
Are You Experienced, NIMK (Amsterdam) Jan 2002
Sonar Festival, CCCB (Barcelona) July 2001
The Rumble, Royal British Society of Sculptors (London) March 2001 *
Shhh! The V&A (London) 3 Nov 2000
Kiss the Sky, Ikon Gallery UK touring exhibition, May 2000 (onwards)
The Foundry [sub-basement] with Rob Mullender (London) April 2000
Sonic Boom, The Hayward Gallery (London) April 2000
Blackout, ICA New Media Centre (London) March 2000
Noise, Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge) Jan 2000
Blackout, Waygood Gallery (Newcastle) Nov 1999
Blackout, Broadway Media Centre (Nottingham) Oct 1999
Engine Room of the Arctic Corsair [trawler] (Hull) Oct 1999
Freestate, Art™ (Inverness) May 1999
Soundproofs, Museum of Installation (London) July 1997
* Exhibition curated by Joe Banks

Disinformation Discography

Circuit Blasting, Adaadat 19 CD 2007 [1]
Sense Data and Perception, Iris Light 031CD 2005
Al Jabr, Ash 4.3 CD 1999 [2]
Antiphony, Ash 3.4 2xCD 1997 [2]
R&D2, Ash 9.2 CD 1997
R&D, Ash 2.9 CD 1996
Stargate / National Grid / Theophany, Ash 3.2 LP 1996
Ghost Shells / Data Storm, Ash 2.7 LP 1996
[1] Strange Attractor vs Disinformation
[2] Various Artists vs Disinformation

Selected Performances, DJ sets, Screenings, Talks

EAM 1111, New River Studios (London) 11 Nov 2016
Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, 18 Oct 2016
Arena Talks 2 [secret location] (London) 31 Aug 2016
False Alarm, King’s College (London) 25 + 26 June 2016
Music Concréte… Outside the Building, Horse Hospital (London) 2 June 2016
Seeing Sound, Bath Spa University, 9 + 10 April 2016
Upplýsingafölsun Hlustunarpartý, Mengi (Reykjavik) 10 March 2016
The Sensorium of Animals, IXDM / FHNW (Basel) 3 + 4 March 2016
Saturday Night Special, Wave Farm, WGXC (New York) 12 + 13 Dec 2015
Altered States, Electro Studios (St Leonards) 29 + 30 Aug 2015
The Freud Museum (London) 23 July 2015
Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne) 4 + 6 June 2015
Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne) 3 June 2015
Kosmopolis, CCCB (Barcelona) 19 + 20 March 2015
PoetryFilm Solstice (ICA London) 21 Dec 2014
The University of Leeds, 22 Oct 2014
Gustav Metzger in conversation with Joe Banks, University of Cambridge, 26 July 2014
PoetryFilm: Sounds of Love, Southbank Centre (London) 19 July 2014
Rushgrove House (London) 31 May 2014
PoetryFilm, O Miami, Edgewater Poetry & Athletics Club (Miami) 26 April 2014
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 8 April 2014
Vocal Discords, The RCA (London) 7 March 2014
Argos [centre for art and media] (Brussels) 13 Feb 2014
The Edinburgh College of Art [keynote speech] 28 Nov 2013
X Marks the Bökship (London) 17 Oct 2013
Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust, 13 Sept 2013
Arteleku (Donostia-San Sebastian) 10 Sept 2013
Berako Kultur Etxea (Bera-Navarre) 7 Sept 2013
St. Patrick’s Irish Club (Leamington) 15 July 2013
The British Library (London) 28 June 2013
Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge, Angel House (Brighton) 24 May 2013 ‡
Listening Group, City University (London) 10 May 2013
Corsica Studios (London) 25 April 2013
Legendary Labour Club (Northampton) 25 March 2013 ‡
The Royal College of Art (London) 12 Dec 2012
The Science Museum’s Dana Centre (London) 16 Nov 2012
The Voice Symposium, Resonance FM (London) 14 Nov 2012
Apiary Studios (London) 31 Oct 2012
Monolith Launch, The Vibe Bar (London) 23 Oct 2012
Liverpool Biennial, 6 Oct 2012
Jiggling Atoms, The Rag Factory (London) 3 Oct 2012 ‡
The ICA (London) 15 Sept 2012
Paradise Event, Walmer Parish Hall, 24 June 2012
Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (London) 7 Dec 2011
Wysing Arts Centre (Bourn) 10 Sept 2011
St. Pancras Church Crypt (London) 17 July 2011
Superhybrid (Leeds) 30 March 2011
Film/ Music/ Other, The Chelsea Theatre (London) 14 Oct 2010
Knowledge of the Hidden, Barbican Centre (London) 3 July 2010
Observatori, Atarazanas (Valencia) 6 June 2009
Theatre Noise, Central School of Speech & Drama (London) 23 April 2009
Rivington Place (London) 16 April 2009 ‡
Noise = Noise, Goldsmiths (London) 18 March 2009 ‡
The Scrap Club (London) 14 Feb 2009 ‡
Chelsea Arts Club, 24 Nov 2008
Open Source City Live, Static Gallery (Liverpool) 21 June 2008
AV Festival, Centre for Life (Newcastle) 5 March 2008 ‡
Anomalous Psychology Research Unit (London) 26 Feb 2008
Thursday Club, Goldsmiths College (London) 31 Jan 2008
Artworkers Guild, with Lane Ashfeldt (London) 20 Oct 2007
Study Gallery of Modern Art (Poole) 12 Sept 2007 ‡
Bad Timing, The Junction (Cambridge) 27 April 2007 ‡
Kinetica Museum (London) 7 Feb 2007
Light It Festival, Myatt’s Fields [bandstand] (London) 20 Oct 2006
Unitarian Chapel (Cambridge) 16 Oct 2006 ‡
Westbourne Studios (London) 18 Sept 2006 ‡
Whole Lotta Sass [Adaadat showcase] The Ditch (London) 8 July 2006 ‡
The Gluerooms, Amersham Arms (London) 28 June 2006 ‡
Camden Arts Centre (London) 19 March 2006 ‡
UKISC conference, Goldsmiths (London) 11 Feb 2006
Dorkbot, Limehouse Boxing Club (London) 19 Jan 2006 ‡
Fovea Gallery (London) 9 Dec 2005 ‡
Steim (Amsterdam) 28 Nov 2005
FACT (Liverpool) 5 Nov 2005
The Art Institute of Chicago, 16 April 2005
Lampo (Chicago) 16 April 2005
Untitled Magazine, Gasworks Gallery (London) 2 April 2005
Cargo Nightclub (London) 17 Feb 2005 ‡
Hull Art Lab (Humber Street warehouse) 4 Feb 2005
The Guardian Science Writers Xmas Party (London) 13 Dec 2004 ‡
Corsica Studios (London) 19 Nov 2004
The Royal Institution (London) 22 May 2004 ‡
Hull Time Based Arts, 2 Feb 2004
De Balie (Amsterdam) 11 April 2003
Gustav Metzger + Joe Banks + Stewart Home, Resonance FM (London) 24 Feb 2003
Mex, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, 6 July 2002
MUU (Helsinki) 10 March 2002
Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt) 7 March 2002
Cinémathèque (Brighton) 13 Dec 2001
Hanbury Ballroom (Brighton) 2 Dec 2001
Fabrica (Brighton) 15 Nov 2001
Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh) 12 May 2001
Bibliotèque Solvay (Brussels) 29 Oct 2000
The Dom (Moscow) 26 Sept 2000
The Hayward Gallery (London) 2 June 2000
Komedia (Brighton) 5 April 2000
Principles of Electronic Warfare, The ICA (London) 30 March 2000
National Science Week (Cambridge) 18 March 2000
Metro (Kyoto) 19 Feb 2000
NTT ICC (Tokyo) 15 Feb 2000
The Spitz (London) 1 Dec 1999
Architecture Week, University of Newcastle, 11 Nov 1999
Waygood Gallery (Newcastle) 9 Nov 1999
Hull School of Art and Design, 26 Oct 1999
ZKM (Karlsruhe) 16 July 1999
Volksbühne (Berlin) 27 June 1999
Galerie fur Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig) 27 May 1999
Phonotaktik (Vienna) 24 April 1999
ORF Kunstradio (Vienna) 22 April 1999
Interference (organised by The Wire magazine) Lux Cinema (London) 9 Dec 1998
Underground Nuclear Warfare Command Centre (Anstruther) 25 Sept 1998
Shock City, Manchester Cathedral, 12 Sept 1998
South London Gallery, 15 Aug 1998
MS Stubnitz [trawler] (berthed in Stockholm) 5 June 1998
The Royal College of Art (London) 27 Nov 1997
Audiometria, 121 Anarchist Centre (London) 13 Sept 1997
David Land Arts Centre (Brighton) 28 March 1997
Keep 4, The Arthouse (London) 2 March 1997
The Royal College of Art (London) 5 Dec 1996
Disobey Nightclub (London) 10 Oct 1996
‡ Events consist of or include live “Circuit Blasting”

Disinformation Bibliography 

* Erik Benndorf “Disinformation” (interview) pp. 4-5, “Artefakt” 3, Berlin, Sept 1997
* Barry Nichols “Disinformation” pp. 93-95, “Immerse” 2, London 1997
* Rob Young “Exotic Audio Research” pp. 26-31, “The Wire” 157, London 1997
* Joe Banks “Songs of Lightning” pp. 18-20, “Merge” 2, Stockholm 1998
* Anonymous “Ash International” p. 26, “Bizarre” 15, London Dec 1998
* Ed Pinsent “Disinformation” (interview) pp. 15-17, “Sound Projector” 3, London 1998
* Joe Banks “Rattling Thunder” pp. 180-181, “Immerse” 3, London 1998
* Mark Blacklock “War of Sound” p. 30, “Bizarre” 23, London Aug 1999
* Joe Banks “Antiphony Architectural Supplement” pp. 57-64, “Sound Projector” 6, London 1999
* Masami Akita “Modern Architecture in Noise Mind” pp. 128-129, “InterCommunication” 26, NTT ICC Tokyo 1999
* Simon Worthington “Silence of the Suns” p. 16, “Mute” 12, 1999
* Joe Banks “Rorschach Audio”, “The Ghost Orchid” CD, PARC 1999
* Joe Banks “Disinformation” pp. 4-5, “Mute” 14, supplement, London 1999
* René van Peer “R&D”, “R&D2”, “Antiphony”, “Al-Jabr” CD reviews, pp. 67-69, “Leonardo” vol 33, The MIT Press 2000
* Angus Carlyle “100% Pylon” pp. 68-83, “Themepark” 2, London 2000
* David Toop & Fiona Bradley “Sonic Boom” (exhibition catalogue) pp. 26-29, The Hayward Gallery 2000
* Joe Banks “Disinformation and the National Grid” pp. 10-12, “Head” 10, London 2000
* Minoru Hatanaka & Takeo Nozaki “Sound Art Sound as Media” (exhibition catalogue) pp. 70-73, NTT ICC Tokyo 2000
* Joe Banks “Rorschach Audio: A Lecture at The Royal Society of British Sculptors” pp. 2-6, “Diffusion” 8, Sonic Arts Network 2000
* Simon Schaffer “Noise” (exhibition catalogue) pp. 33-36, Kettle’s Yard / Wellcome Trust / Cambridge University Press 2000
* “The Rumble” (exhibition catalogue) pp. 12-13, The Royal British Society of Sculptors 2001
* Sonja Wiik “Lyd Kunst” p. 38-41, “Vi Ser Pa Kunst” magazine 1, Oslo 2001
* Joe Banks “Rorschach Audio” pp. 77-83, “Leonardo Music Journal”, vol 11, The MIT Press 2001
* Brian Dillon “Listening for the Enemy” pp. 68-71, “Cabinet” 12, New York 2003
* “Disinformation – The Analysis of Beauty” (exhibition catalogue) Arts Council National Touring Programme 2003
* N de Oliveira, N Oxley, M Petry “Installation Art in the New Millennium” p. 157, Thames & Hudson 2003
* Joe Banks “Rorschach Audio” pp. 124-159, “Strange Attractor Journal” vol 1, Strange Attractor Press 2004
* David Toop “Haunted Weather” pp. 48-49, Serpent’s Tail 2004
* Caroline Kraabel “Disinformation” (interview) in “Resonance” vol 10 no 2, LMC 2005
* R Smite, D Salina, A Medosch “Waves” (exhibition catalogue) pp. 48-49, Latvian National Museum of Art 2006
* Erik Granly Jensen & Brandon LaBelle (editors) “Radio Territories”, Errant Bodies 2007
* Nicolas Collins “Handmade Electronic Music” pp. 16 & 160, Routledge, London 2007
* Nannette Aldred & Caroline Collier “Fabrica – The First 10 Years”, Fabrica 2007

9 Comments
  1. Martin Parker permalink

    Dear Joe, how can I contact you? We’re planning a symposium in November here at the University of Edinburgh and I’d like to discuss it with you. Loved reading your book, thanks for writing it. Best Martin Parker, programme director, MSc Sound Design

    • Dear Joe, I have been trying to find an e-mail address to contact you, but can´t seem to find one. Please contact me. Regards, Espen

  2. Hi Joe, I am an acoustic consultant and currently researching the links between art and acoustics, I would love to read your book but cannot find anyway in obtaining a copy, are there any available sources that you know of, or any ideas on how I could obtain a copy? kind regards and chEARs, Rob (Soundguard Acoustics Ltd)

  3. Dear Joe, I’d like to speak with you about a possible research and performance project in Australia. Would you mind contacting me with an email address? Regards, Joel Stern

  4. Hello, we would like to invite you in Pisa, Italy for the 2016 edition of our Elettronica alla Spina event. Please, get in touch with us! Soon, as we have to close the program in few days!
    Thanks

  5. Zeynep Bulut permalink

    Dear Joe, we would like to invite you to a conference on forms of mishearing to be held in June 2016, at King’s College London. I wondered whether we could discuss your availability and the conference theme. We are in the process of making the program. We would very much appreciate, if we could hear from you at your earliest convenience. Many thanks, Zeynep Bulut.

  6. Orlando Harrison permalink

    Hey Joe, good to make noises with you the other night…

  7. Hi Joe,
    is Laura, we played at The Horse Hospital, I am organising a night of EMF waves and sound at New River Studios, with 2 international artists : Brane Zorman (Slovenia) and Chrs Galarreta (South AMerica) . I would like to invite you playing. Please let me know.
    Thanks.
    Laura

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