Note -this page is out of date and remains here for historical reference - click here for updated summary CV


Main Research Proposal
Appendix 2, electronic resource
List of publications

David Cunningham  - CV summary

BA (hons) Maidstone College of Art 1977

London College of Printing 1979 (part-time lecturer, Film and Television BA)
ICA London 1979 (public lecture)
San Francisco Art Institute 1983 (visiting lecturer, Film School MA)
Middlesex Polytechnic 1983 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art)
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)
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1988,1991-93  (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, Electronic Imaging, postgraduate diploma and MSc)
Slade School of Art 1990/91 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art postgraduate diploma, MA)
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1991 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA)
University of East London 1992/3 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA)
Middlesex University 1992-2001 (part-time lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)
University of Wales 1996 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1995-98 (external examiner, Fine Art BA)
Royal College of Art 1996-2000 (visiting lecturer, Photography, Film and Television, Communications, MA)
University of Sydney 1998 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)
University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1999 (external validator, Fine Art, BA)
London College of Printing 1998-2001 (visiting lecturer, Film and Television, BA)
University of Newcastle 2001 (visiting lecturer, Fine Art BA, MA)

David Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1954 and lives and works in London.

Specialising in work with sound and recording processes, Cunningham's work has ranged from pop music to gallery installations, including work for television, film, contemporary dance, and a number of collaborations with visual artists.

Since his first album release 'Grey Scale' in 1976 he has worked as a composer and record producer, the first notable commercial success coming in 1979 with The Flying Lizards' record 'Money' reaching the top ten across Europe and since 1982 as producer of Michael Nyman's music for Peter Greenaway's films and work with Ute Lemper and others. Other production work has ranged from rock groups (This Heat, Owada) to improvisors (David Toop, Steve Beresford).

'Canta', commissioned by Ian Spink, was the first of a series of works for dance and performance through the 1980s and onwards which has included commissions from Goro Namerikawa, Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane and collaboration with Finnish choreographer Tiina Huczkowski.

Live work has involved collaboration and performances with John Cage, Kathy Acker, Michael Nyman, 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.

Installations have included 'The Listening Room' at Chisenhale Gallery, London in 1994, described as 'a continuous piece of music'. This has been followed by installations in London, Copenhagen and Helsinki and a large scale work in the 1998 Biennale of Sydney.

Recent work has included the production and treatment of sound for installation and broadcast artworks by Sam Taylor-Wood, Martin Creed, Jočo Penalva, Gillian Wearing, Ian Breakwell, Susan Hiller and others.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY : ( all articles specifically refer to work within the area of this proposal)
'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
ĆOut of Nowhere', Diffusion, London 1997
'Auteur Active' by Clive Bell, The Wire, London 1996
'David Cunningham' by Ken Nishigawa, Sound and Recording, Tokyo 1996
'Listening and the Listening Room', Transcript Vol 2 No 2,  Dundee 1996
    activated space website