Disinformation, National Grid, 2008. Courtesy of the artist

This rumbling, timber-shivering electronic performance by art group Disinformation was inspired by the work of radio pioneer Nikola Tesla (1856-1943). The two performers aim to create a powerful sonic and visual environment triggered by a range of antique lab instruments and environmental sound sources including the National Grid. Disinformation first performed versions of the piece in London in 1996, and a performance at The Museum of Installation the following year dislodged masonry from the building and triggered car alarms. Some have suggested that the pulsing bass sounds generated by the work accord with the most primal sounds, such as the beating of the human heart, the rumble of thunder and seismic activity.

Since its inception in 1995 Disinformation has crossed boundaries between visual and kinetic art, music and pure research. Disinformation has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Hayward Gallery, London the Sonar festival, Barcelona, and have produced five solo exhibitions. Research conducted in the course of this project has been peer reviewed by academics and published in the USA by The MIT Press.

Strange Attractor is an ongoing series of live information happenings incorporating lectures, performance, sound and film. Other media manifestations include the acclaimed anthology Strange Attractor Journal One and a monthly radio programme on Resonance 104.4FM. Co-founder and Journal editor Mark Pilkington is also a contributing editor to Fortean Times magazine and writes a weekly weird science column in The Guardian

Produced by AV Festival 08 

Disinformation vs. Strange Attractor: National Grid


Wed 5 March 2008, 7.30pm

Centre for Life

Times Square
Newcastle NE1 4EP

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