exhibitions/live recorded

David Cunningham
David Cunningham at Sizewell B, photo by Michelle Boyle installation, Laure Genillard
video image from 5 Closedowns alphabet Money - The Flying Lizards this moment video frame live, Tokyo

David Cunningham's work as producer, musician and composer has ranged across many genres of music and includes work for television, film, contemporary dance, and significant collaborations with visual artists and filmmakers.  His first significant commercial success came with The Flying Lizards' record 'Money', an international hit in 1979.

Since the release of his first album 'Grey Scale' in 1976 David Cunningham has worked as a musician and record producer, engaging with an eclectic range of people and music, from pop groups (This Heat, Palais Schaumburg) to improvisers (David Toop, Steve Beresford) to Michael Nyman's music for Peter Greenaway's films and work with Ute Lemper and others.

In parallel with these comparatively conventional music activities his installation works have explored the real time experience of the acoustic qualities of a space.  This body of work began with an installation at Chisenhale Gallery London (1994) and was subsequently developed for a series installations at the Biennale of Sydney (1998), the Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art 2003, ICC Tokyo, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, 1m³ Lausanne and most recently at Laure Genillard London.

Film and television work has included two long continuing collaborations - with William Raban, recently '72-82', 'London Republic' and 'Available Light' and with Ken McMullen, most recently with 'Οχί An Act of Resistance' and McMullen's earlier films 'Being and Doing', 'Zina' and (alongside Michael Giles and Jamie Muir) 'Ghost Dance'.  Related work has included the production and treatment of sound for installation and broadcast artworks by Susan Hiller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Martin Creed, Amikam Toren, Joćo Penalva, Ceal Floyer, Ian Breakwell, Gillian Wearing, Thomas Demand, Sam Taylor-Wood, John Latham, David Hall, Stephen Partridge, Bruce McLean, Tony Sinden, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and many others.

Live music - alongside solo performances (see downloads) has involved collaboration and performances with Yasuaki Shimizu, Peter Gordon, John Greaves, Rie Nakajima, Scanner, Pan sonic, Kathy Acker, Michael Nyman, John Cage, Mieko Shimizu and others.

Recent projects:
O Yama O album released by Mana 2018

CV and discography:
CV (excluding discography)

Installation at Carter Presents   
Online works
A Lot of Pianos
5 Closedowns video image   
reviews and texts:
Andrew Wilson
Naomi Tajitsu
Days Like These, Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art
Art Monster  (currently offline)
additional texts/interviews on ATTA  English  Japanese (currently offline)
The Space Between in performance    

music interviews:

Vice - Mark Allen
Sound and Recording

Love To You - Martin Creed
further writing:
Writing on water
Tape delays
Ghost Dance
The Yellow Box
On Collaboration

Jamie Muir's Ghost Dance photo

David Cunningham - contact

(not the guy from Radical Philosophy)

the first This heat album   

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