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David Cunningham
 
David Cunningham at Sizewell B, photo by Michelle Boyle installation, Kanazawa
video image, 5 Closedowns Grass Film. still frame Money - The Flying Lizards alphabet live, Tokyo

David Cunningham's first significant commercial success came with The Flying Lizards' record 'Money', an international hit in 1979.  Since then his work has ranged from pop music to gallery installations, including work for television, film, contemporary dance, and a series of collaborations with visual artists.  His installation works explore the real time experience of the acoustic qualities of a space.  Locations have included Chisenhale Gallery London (1994), Biennale of Sydney (1998) and the Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art 2003.  Subsequent installations have taken place within ICC Tokyo, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, Camden Arts Centre London and 1m³ Lausanne.

Since the release of his first album 'Grey Scale' in 1976 he 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.

Music for film and television has included Ken McMullen's films 'Zina' and (in collaboration with Michael Giles and Jamie Muir) 'Ghost Dance', and a series of film and television collaborations with visual artists which has included John Latham, David Hall, Stephen Partridge, Bruce McLean, Tony Sinden and a long continuing collaboration providing music and sound for William Raban's films.

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, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and many others.

Live music - alongside solo performances (see downloads) has involved collaboration and performances with Yasuaki Shimizu, Scanner, Panasonic, Kathy Acker, Michael Nyman, John Cage, Peter Gordon, John Greaves, Rie Nakajima, Apache 61 and others.

 
Recent projects:
"A Lot of Pianos" - David Cunningham commissioned seven composers and artists (including himself) each to compose a work for multiple pianos to be performed by a large ensemble of pianists in Markson's piano shop over the course of an evening, a unique opportunity to explore the possibilities of a large number of pianos (2010).
Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, London (2011/12).
Martin Creed's album 'Love To You' produced by David Cunningham (2012).
Music for Ken McMullen's film 'Οχί' (for release in 2014).



CV etc:
 
CV (excluding discography)
Discography
CD releases




Installation at Carter Presents   
artworks:
 
Installations
Online works
A Lot of Pianos
5 Closedowns video image   
reviews and texts:
 
Andrew Wilson
Naomi Tajitsu
Art Monster

additional texts/interviews on ATTA  English  Japanese
The Space Between in performance    
further writing:
 
Writing on water
Tape delays
Ghost Dance
The Yellow Box
Sixteen
Foxy-T




Love To You - Martin Creed
Additional:
 
Not the guy from Radical Philosophy






Jamie Muir's Ghost Dance photo


the first This heat album