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August 2004

Strom Fifty Nine.

Hello

A quiet month in an English summer, so a chance to recharge the batteries, in preparation for a September onslaught across the globe with an assortment of travel arrangements.

Speaking of energy, the Science Museum
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
in London recently unveiled its latest gallery, created especially to help young people explore how energy powers every aspect of their lives and discover and question the latest ideas on how we’ll meet the planet’s growing demands in the years ahead. ‘Energy – fuelling the future’ tackles this abstract and complex subject through innovative gallery design, and as part of this the Museum has permanently installed my collaboration with filmmaker Mike Stubbs, ‘Donut.’ Doughnut is the term used by young fast car enthusiasts to describe a circle of burnt rubber made by spinning a rear wheel drive car on the spot. It represents bravado and skill on the part of the driver who is usually part of the car cruising culture, one of Britain's biggest underground movements. The work itself is a multi-screen media installation about the drawing of a perfect circle. But the creator is a driver not an artist, the canvas is asphalt and the medium is a car.

Next time you are in town try and take a look and whilst there check out my Sound Curtain installation that’s been now running for over five years non-stop beside the public toilets!

As promised the special offer at Posteverything.com is now on. I have donated some copies of my Sound Polaroids CD, recorded in conjunction with Tonne and released on the Bip-Hop label to give away free to PostEverything customers. All you have to do to get the free CD is purchase £20, or more, worth of products (excluding postage and packing charges) from the Bette label listings (www.posteverything.com/bette) and we’ll automatically include the CD when packing your order. There’s only limited quantities of the free CD so they’ll be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Incidentally I’ve recently updated all the MP3 links towards locations where you can download performances, commissions and so on. If you happen to locate any other places to freely access my work please let me know and I’ll add the link.

Continuing the theme of freely accessible music I’d thoroughly recommend checking out ubu.com as always. In the last months they’ve added materials from Joseph Beuys, People Like us, David Grubbs, Stan Brakhage, La Monte Young, Salvador Dali, Alvin Lucier, Patti Smith, Samuel Beckett, all freely downloadable to your hard drive! My good friend Stephen Vitiello (http://www.stephenvitiello.com) has offered numerous complimentary works at http://www.ubu.com/sound/vitiello.html including an excerpt from a live collaborative concert at the Cartier Foundation, Paris as part of the Nomadic Nights series. The concert was programmed in conjunction with Unknown Quantity, curated by Paul Virilio. The audience for this concert stood under a sculpture by Nancy Rubins, consisting of suspended trashed and burned pieces of airplanes, so I hope you can enjoy it.

So, a quiet month but an unusual one, with August bringing a ferry journey across the Baltic Sea with performances on board as part of ISEA (http://www.isea-web.org/), an installation in Crystal Palace Park in the UK using steam train recordings and working in the studio towards a new National Anthem for Europe for presentation in September, so be prepared to wave your flags then!

Best wishes

Robin

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::: diary dates :::

2004
15-16 Aug     ISEA 2004 Helsinki
27-29 Aug     Six Thousand Chairs: Crystal Palace, London
03 Sept         Re-Inventing Radio: Vienna/Linz Austria
09 Sept         52 Spaces: SFMOMA, USA
15 Sept         52 Spaces: Milan, Italy
18 Sept         Athens, Greece
22 Sept         Starball Paris France
23 Sept         52 Spaces: Villette Numérique Festival Paris France
25 Sept         Double Fold: Transart, South Tirol, Italy
30 Sept         EU National Anthems: Brussels, Belgium
02 Oct            Arborscence Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France
13 Oct            Lecture/Performance with David Toop: London College of Communications
16 Oct            Nemesis with Random Dance: Bolshoi Russia
29 Oct            Lecture/Performance Leeds College of Music UK
30 Oct            Githead: Les Observatoires Evreux France
06 Nov           Play: Musiques Nouvelles Annecy France
11-13 Nov     Lokschuppen: Leipzig Germany
19 Nov           52 Spaces: Eyebeam New York USA
23 Nov           Sciarrino with Alter Ego: Huddlesfield UK

2005
28-30 Jan     Nemesis UCLA California USA
30 March       Nemesis Creteil, Paris
15-17 April    RE-TG Camber Sands
5-6 Dec         Sciarrino with Alter Ego Lisbon Portugal

::: listen :::
Throbbing Gristle: TG Now (Mute)
Andrew Zealley: AA Bronson-Healer (Media Guru)
Low: A Lifetime of Temporary Relief (Rough Trade)
Aki Onda: Bon Voyage (IMJ)

::: read :::
Julian Stallabrass: Internet Art (Tate)
Nicholson Baker: The Size of Thoughts (Chatto & Windus)
Michael Temple: Forever Godard (Black Dog)
Gabriel Orozko: Monograph (Serpentine Gallery)

::: film:::
Fellini, I Vitelloni, Italy
Before Sunset, Richard Linklater, US
Last Life in the Universe, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Japan/Thai
Spiderman 2, Sam Raimi, US

::: exhibitions :::

Fashion at Belsay
Belsay Hall UK
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk
29 May – 30 September
Thirteen fashion designers respond to the historic setting and atmosphere of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. The result is a series of unique installations. Featuring Zandra Rhodes, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, Jean Muir, Shelley Fox with Scanner, Agent Provocateur, Julie Verhoeven and Stella McCartney

Born to be a Star
Kunsterhaus Vienna Austria
http://www.kuenstlerhaus.at
18 June – 19 August

'Diva' projection installation created with Katarina Matiasek as part of group show. Sound, video, installation and performances that investigate the relationship between force and creativity, analyzing the world of glamour, MTV, with a focus on female stars in music.

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