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December 2004

Strom Sixty Three.

Hello

Finally back in London for a whole two weeks, the longest period since the summer, so at last the chance for home cooked food and my very own cosy bed. From freezing my bottom off outdoors on outdoor projects through to my Qualia ballet soundtrack being performed in front of HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal Opera House London this has been a typically surprising month.

Europa 25 was launched in Brussels at the weekend, and CD and website are now available to peruse and download.
http://www.britishcouncil.org/brussels-europa25.htm

Created in response to a request from the British Council Brussels to find a way of celebrating the expansion of Europe in 2004, Europa 25 tries represents Europe's diversity and unity through sound and vision. The main anthem collages together parts of every European National Anthem into a microcosm of Europe. A CD has been pressed up with all the music and texts and is available for free by simply writing to Roland Gulliver at the British Council ( Roland.Gulliver@britishcouncil.be ) and he will kindly send you a CD, just in time for Christmas. Should you prefer you can also download the entire project, plus films created by Edith Garcia, directly from their website.
http://www.britishcouncil.org/brussels-europa25-listentotracks.htm

My ‘Sound Train' project over in Leipzig was an arctic adventure. Not realizing that temperatures would be striking a subzero level and all of my performances would be outdoors, I spent some time in mountaineering stores shopping for thermal underwear and gloves. Once correctly dressed I soundtracked a series of performances with films by Maix Mayer in the old railway building, as trains continued to speed pass along the still open live tracks.

Still ever cold in New York City, my ‘52 Spaces' performance at Eyebeam was very well received, and offered me the chance to take cruel advantage of a weak dollar to weigh my bags down with new purchases of books, DVDs and early Christmas shopping. With MOMA re-opening, Strand Books throbbing to the beat of shoppers footsteps as their huge discount art department extends across an entire floor, and the Chelsea Art Galleries showing everything from video art to porn star photographs, there was more than enough to keep one distracted.

And sadly it's continued to be a month of loss passing with John Balance of Coil who succumbed to a domestic accident. We'd been friends for some twenty years and continued to share surreal telephone conversations and exchanges that I will sorely miss. As he recently commented to me, “When the baby starts crying just shove a Damien Hirst painting in its mouth.” His star continues to shine in countless memories.

I'm off to Catania in Italy this month for some funky collaboration, and then a return visit to snowy Moscow to perform Light Turned Down with D-Fuse. Then time to wait for Santa and his elves to slip into my stockings and make me happy at Christmas.

Have a good one and a brilliant new year. See you in 2005!

Until next time

Best wishes

Robin


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::: diary dates :::

2004
09 Dec Zo, Catania Italy
16 Dec Moscow, Russia with D-Fuse
17 Dec N'Oublie pas ce que tu devines Le Carre Saint-Vincent Orleans France

2005
13 Jan Lecture: Trinity College of Music, UK
13-15 Jan Bill: White Bird, Portland, Oregon USA
19 Jan Triple Bill: UC Riverside, California USA
22 Jan Triple Bill: UC San Diego, USA
28-30 Jan Nemesis UCLA California USA
03 March Alsager Arts Centre Chesire UK
08 March Scanner Scans Sciarrino, Granada Spain
09 March Scanner Scans Sciarrino, Sevilla Spain
12 March Githead: Schouwburg Cultuurcentrum Luchtbal Belgium
17 March Nemesis: Danse a Lille Festival, France
30 March Nemesis Creteil, Paris
7 & 9April Tegentonen Festival The Netherlands (tbc)
22 April Lecture Riga Latvia
10-15 May 52 Spaces Montreal Canada
16,18 & 19 June Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
5-6 Dec Scanner Scans Sciarrino with Alter Ego Lisbon Portugal

::: listen :::
Annie Gosfield: Lost Signals & Drifting Satellites (Tzadik)
Various: DFA Compilation 2 (DFA)
Mitchell Akiyama: It Night is a Weed and Days Grows Less (Sub Rosa)
Johann Johannsson: Viroulegu Forsetar (Touch)

::: read :::
Funky Projects ( www.funkyprojects.com )
Harry Matthews: The Case of the Persevering Maltese ((Dalkey)
Christoph Cox: Audio Culture (Continuum)
Geoffrey Batchen: Forget Me Not ((Princeton)

::: film:::
Fear X, Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/USA
Playtime, Jacques Tati Fr
Bad Santa, Terry Zwigoff, USA
Anatomy of Hell, Catherine Breillat, Fr

::: exhibitions :::

PHONORAMA.
A cultural history of the voice as a medium
ZKM | Museum for Contemporary Art
Karlsruhe Germany
http://www.zkm.de
19 September - 30 January 2005
A comprehensive group show exploring the human voice in art. Featuring works by Judith Barry, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, VALIE EXPORT, Asta Gröting, Pierre Huyghe, Golan Levin, Katarina Matiasek & Scanner, Tony Oursler, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm and others.

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