David Cunningham

David Cunningham  - CV Summary

Since 1993 artist and musician David Cunningham has created a continuing series of installation works based on real time exploration of acoustics.  'The Listening Room', Biennale of Sydney (1998) was followed by 2 installation works in "Days Like These", The Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain 2003 and subsequent installations at ICC Tokyo, Ikon Birmingham and Camden Arts Centre London.

David Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1954 and lives and works in London.  His work has ranged from pop music to gallery installations, including work for television, film, contemporary dance, and a number of collaborations with visual artists.  His first significant commercial success came with The Flying Lizards' single 'Money', an international hit in 1979.

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

Live work has involved collaboration and performances with John Cage, Kathy Acker, Michael Nyman, Yasuaki Shimizu, Peter Gordon, Panasonic, Michael Giles, Scanner 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 television collaborations with visual artists which has included John Latham, David Hall, Stephen Partridge, Bruce McLean.  Related work has included the production and treatment of sound for installation and broadcast artworks by Martin Creed, Cerith Wyn Evans, Susan Hiller, João Penalva, Ian Breakwell, Gillian Wearing, Thomas Demand, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza, Sam Taylor-Wood and many others.


BA (hons) Maidstone College of Art 1977

Middlesex University 2008 (visiting lecturer, Sonic Arts)
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL 2007-2009 (external examiner, MA, MFA)
Middlesex University 2007 (visiting lecturer, Sonic Arts)
University of the Arts London, London College of Communication 2006-2008 (Senior Research Fellow)
Middlesex University 2006 (visiting lecturer, Sonic Arts)
London College of Communication 2004-2006 (external examiner, Sonic Art BA and PostGrad)

Middlesex University 2004 (visiting lecturer, Sonic Arts)

University of Newcastle 2003-5 (AHRB Research Fellow)

University of Newcastle 2001 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)

London College of Printing 1998-2001 (visiting lecturer, Film and Television, BA)

University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1999 (external validator, Fine Art, BA)

University of Sydney 1998 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)

Royal College of Art 1996-2000 (visiting lecturer, Photography, Film and Television, Communications, MA)

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1995-98 (external examiner, Fine Art BA)

University of Wales 1996 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)

Middlesex University 1992-2001 (part-time lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)

University of East London 1992/3 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA)

University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1991 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA)

Slade School of Fine Art 1990/91 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art postgraduate diploma, MA)

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1988,1991-93  (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, Electronic Imaging, postgraduate diploma and MSc)

Derbyshire College of Higher Education 1986 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA)

Maidstone College of Art 1983, 1987-96 (part-time lecturer, Fine Art BA, Time Based Media BA, MA)

San Francisco Art Institute 1983 (visiting lecturer, Film School MA)

Middlesex Polytechnic 1983 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art)

London College of Printing 1979 (part-time lecturer, Film and Television BA)

'The Listening Room' installation, L'Exposition Continue, 1m3 Lausanne 2008
'Instructions for Films', London 2007
'alphabet', London 2007
'Four silent films' LCC, London 2007
'A piano in a gallery' installation, Carter Presents, London 2006
'The Listening Room' installation, Camden Arts Centre, London 2005
'Exterior' site specific installation, AA School of Architecture , London 2005
'Interior' site specific installation, Kanazawa 2004
'The Listening Room' installation, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 2003
'Lift Corridor', Ikon offsite project, Birmingham 2003
'Listening to the Architecture' installation, Clerkenwell Magistrates Court, London 2003
'Sounding Spaces' installation, ICC Gallery, Tokyo 2003
'Speech Radio' Radioartmobile, Venice Biennale 2003
'Where a straight line meets a curve' installation (with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler), Lux Open, London 2003
'A position between two curves' Days Like These, The Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art, London 2003
'The Listening Room' installation, The Connecting Principle,  University of Newcastle 2002
'Transience', Kiasma, Helsinki 2001
'Sharing a Shadow' Three Colt Street, London 2000
'A Casa Di...', (with Martin Creed) Cittadellarte, Biella Italy 2000
'Bang', curated by Katherine Meynell, Standpoint London 2000
'Root'  (with Thurston Moore) Chisenhale Gallery, London 1998
'The Listening Room' installation Biennale of Sydney 1998
'Open Square' installation  City Hall Square Copenhagen 1997
installation within 'Disorders', curated by Beaconsfield at St Thomas' Hospital, London 1996
'The Listener' gallery installation Mall Gallery, London 1996

David Cunningham interviewed by Mike Barnes – The Wire magazine August 2005
David Cunningham interviewed by Ika Johannesson - Sex magazine issue 7, Stockholm 2005
Mercer Union - Mercersound - audio CD for Venice Bienalle 2005 (
Toop, David: 'The art of noise' - Tate, Etc - issue 3 Spring 2005
Toop, David ed: "Haunted Weather" Staubgold, Berlin 2004 - Staubgold 52 (audio CD)
Toop,  David "Haunted Weather" Serpent's Tail London 2004 ISBN 1-85242-812-0
Hatanaka, Minoru ed: "Sounding Spaces" ICC Gallery Tokyo 2003 ISBN 4-7571-7022-X bilingual publication including audio CD
David Cunningham interviewed by Toki Takumi - Sound and Recording magazine Japan, August 2003 issue
David Cunningham interviewed by Naomi Tajitsu - Yomiuri Shimbun 21 August 2003
'Days like These: Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art 2003' ed Judith Nesbitt and Jonathan Watkins, Tate Publications London 2003 ISBN 1-85437-457-5 (
'Transience' by Angus Carlyle, The Wire, London 2001
'Soundworks in Copenhagen' by John Wynne, Resonance Vol 6 No 1, London 1998
'David Cunningham Interview' by Kunizaki, Sound and Recording, Tokyo 1998
'Every Day' by Jonathan Watkins, Every Day, 11th Bienale of Sydney, Sydney 1998
'David Cunningham' by Felicity Fenner, Every Day, 11th Bienale of Sydney 1998, Sydney 1998
'Out of Nowhere', Diffusion, London 1997
'Auteur Active' by Clive Bell, The Wire, London 1996
'David Cunningham' interviewed by Ken Nishigawa, Sound and Recording, Tokyo 1996
'Listening and the Listening Room', Transcript Vol 2 No 2,  Dundee 1996

'The Space Between' (with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler), 2005
'Continental Drift' dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 2005
'Civil Disobedience' dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 2004
'MM'  dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 2002
'Variety'  dir. Ian Breakwell  -BFI 2001
'Firestation'  dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 2000
'This is Modern Art' incidental music dir. Chris Rodley  -Oxford TV 1999
'Confessions'  dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 1997
'Island Race'  dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions 1996


'Non Places' dir. Karen Mirza and Brad Butler 1999
'Beating the Bridges'  dir. William Raban  -Bow Visions/Carlton TV 1998
'Misfit'  dir. Sam Taylor Wood  -Arts Council/BBC 2 1997
'Angel'  dir. Mark Wallinger  -Arts Council/BBC 2 1997

'Life's a Monkey' Ken McMullen- Cochrane Theatre, London 2002
'Charlotte at 5am' Tiina Huczkowski -Helsinki 1997

Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin 2008
Le Bourg, Lausanne 2008
Sonic Recycler, Brentford 2007
Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London 2007
Mister Motley Amsterdam 2006
Conjunction, Stoke-on-Trent 2006
Fondazione Spinola Banna, Torino 2006
G5, Zürich 2006
NOG Gallery, London 2005
Beaconsfield (with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler), London 2005
Sound Track (with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler), London 2005
Supersonic, Birmingham,, 2005
Middlesborough Music Festival, 2005
Artfair, Basel, 2005
Super Delux (with Yasuaki Shimizu) Tokyo, 2004
Filmlab, London 2004
CAY, Tokyo 2004
Korinbo Harbor, Kanazawa 2004
ICC Tokyo, 2003
Tate Britain, London, 2003
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2002
BBC Mixing It, (with Scanner), London 2002
Performer Festival, Oslo (with Scanner), Norway 2001
Spitz, London (with Mieko Shimizu) 2000
Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy 2000
Sprawl, London (with Mieko Shimizu) 1999
Strike, London (with Mieko Shimizu) 1999
Albany, London (with 'Accidents and Emergencies) 1997
Beaconsfield, London (with Panasonic) 1996
Bath Pavilion (with Michael Giles) 1996

Martin Creed: 'Work No. 211  A Collaboration with David Cunningham' - Frieze London 2001
'Sonic Boom' -Art Monthly London 2000
'Noise, Water, Meat' -Art Monthly London 2000
'Listening and The Listening Room' -Transcript Dundee 1996

contributions to:
'Nothing' ed. Graham Gussin and Ele Carpenter -Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Sunderland 2001
'Writings on Glass' ed. Richard Kostelanetz -Schirmer Books New York 1997

'Sounding Spaces' ICC Gallery, Tokyo 2003
'Yellow Magic Orchestra x Sukita', Tokyo FM Books, Tokyo 2010


CD Releases:

Novembre -Editions Circuit, 2008

Artificial Homeland (with Angela Jaeger) -piano 509, 1998
ext.night -piano 507, 1997
Ghost Dance (with Michael Giles, Jamie Muir) -piano 502 1996
The Yellow Box (with Peter Gordon) -piano 504 1996

CD Compilations and Collaborations:
'Musiques Electroniques en France 1974-1984" (with Pascal Comelade) -Gazul 2007
'Oxalis' (with Peter Gordon) Miniatures 2 -Cherry Red 2000
Pan Sonic/Hayley Newman/David Crawforth -Rude Mechanic -piano 200, 1999
'Track 13' Root -lo recordings 1998
John Greaves -Songs -Resurgence 1996

CD Production:

Martin Creed -Thinking/Not Thinking Art Basel Conversations 2005
Martin Creed -I don't know what I want -Serpentine Gallery 2004

Martin Creed -I Can't Move -Art Metropole 1999
Michael Nyman -The Commissar Vanishes/The Fall of Icarus -Virgin 1999
Martin Creed -Everything is Going to be Alright -Pier Trust 1999
owada -Nothing -piano 1997

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