May 2005



Freshly back from Riga Latvia this weekend where I worked with RIXC, an electronic art and media centre, where I was fortunate enough to visit the RT:32 VIRAC radio telescope – a 32 meter dish antenna in Irbene, Latvia, a working remnant of a top-secret Soviet era military object, hidden from view for many years. In this remote location, with its secret underground tunnels, views across the sea, and the ability to measure technical data for both scientific and civilian use, it had a ring of James Bond meets Tarkovsky about it.

It was a busy month, with, amongst other things, these bizarre shows over in Haarlem, The Netherlands, as part of the Toon music festival, where I performed in amongst the hats and scarves of the V & D department store. I very impressed by the dedication of some viewers who patiently stood throughout the three hour performances and especially the little three year old boy who fed me chocolate biscuits during one long afternoon!

My collaboration with UK fashion designer Shelley Fox also just premiered at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the Spectres fashion show. Entitled ‘Negative’ it used ghostly recordings of voices and spaces to explore how the photographic negative transforms an image and influences an unorthodox approach to pattern cutting. It was a ghost story for design. I will be making the entire soundtrack available for download through scannerdot.com soon, so stay tuned.

May finally brings the official release of Githead’s debut album, featuring entirely unreleased material, on May 30th. However it will soon be available to http://www.posteverything.com customers, who will also be able to take advantage of an exclusive free gift in the shape of the cheekily titled “Free Git” EP. The EP contains a special remix by B*ST*RD of a brand new track “This Is A Cause (These Are Effects)” and two live recordings from Githead’s recent appearance at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 14th March 2005. We’ll be playing some European dates in support of this release throughout the summer. I’d better get back in front of the mirror soon to practice my moves again then.

Meanwhile, until it’s released, you can entertain yourself by watching live footage of us in action at the South Bank Centre in London, as well as an interview, by pointing your browser at: http://www.thewire.co.uk/web/camera.php Ever curious to know where I’m surfing on the internet and what I’d recommend? I’ve just chosen some of my favourite sites at low-fi.org, a project to increase visibility of art projects which use the internet as a medium and to promote development of 'net based art. Loosely based around the idea of archives you can read all about them at:

May brings with it performances in Montreal with D-Fuse and the installation of our work in ‘What Sound Does a Color Make’ at Eyebeam in New York city. Curated by Kathleen Forde, it’s a show that features contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound, including Granular Synthesis, Gary Hill, Atau Tanaka, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and others. And did I mention it was my birthday month as well? ;-)

More travels and a few more wrinkles!

Best wishes

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Hanne Hukkelberg: Little Things (Leaf) Oren Marshall:Introduction to the Story (Slowfoot)
Evan Parker: With Birds (Treader)
Ticklish: Here are your new Instructions (Textile)

::: read ::: The Stanley Kubrick Archives (Taschen)
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield (Penguin)
Sean Rainbird: Joseph Beuys & the Celtic World (Tate)
Sophocles: The Theban Plays (Penguin)

::: film:::
Chain, Jem Cohen, USA
The Eye, Oxide Pang Chun, Hong Kong L’Atalante, Jean Vigo, France
A Dirty Shame, John Walters, USA

::: diary dates :::

06 May            Lecture: Bath Spa University, UK 10 May-Future of Sound talk BAFTA London
13 May            Light Turned Down & 52 Spaces: Elektra Festival Montreal Canada
15 May            Electro Contempo Evening:Le Botanique Brussels Belgium
02-03 June    'N'oublie pas ce que tu devines':Nouveau Theatre d'Angers France
02-04 June    Githead tour Spain (tbc)
14-15 June    Merce Cunningham EVENT:Barbican Centre London
16,18-19 June  After Bach Solo Cantatas: Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
23 June           Lecture:Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig Germany
25 June           L’Usine Geneva Switzerland
27 June           Lecture Art School Geneva Switzerland
28 June           Nouveaux projets de MIXM.ORG:Centre d'Art Contemporain, Genève
29 June           Githead with Alain Bashung: La Villette Paris
03 July             Githead: Metropolis Festival Rotterdam The Netherlands
15-16 July       Githead tour Israel (tbc)
19 July             Parallax Beat Brothers: Purcell Room London
02 Aug             'Sound Out' Exhibition opening Cork Ireland
07 Sept            Europa 25: Delhi India
01 Oct              52 Spaces: Centro de las Artes Monterrey Mexico
13-16 Oct        'Messe in Moll':Soviet Exhibition Hall Leipzig Germany
22 Oct               Efficiency: Tivoli Theatre Washington DC USA
04 Nov              Parallax Beat Brothers: Brighton Dome Theatre UK
5 Nov                Parallax Beat Brothers:Phoenix Exeter UK
6 Nov                Parallax Beat Brothers:Warwick Arts Centre UK
21-22 Nov        Praxis: Nanterre France
27 Nov              ‘Blindscape’ with TeZ; Roma Europa Italy
10 Dec              Emo Son festival Bourges France

15 March          Scanner Scans Sciarrino: Lisbon Portugal

::: exhibitions :::

What Sound Does A Color Make?
26 May - 16 July 2005
New York City
The premiere of What Sound Does a Color Make? features contemporary and historical works by an internationally diverse group of artists who manipulate sound with image and image with sound. Curated by Kathleen Forde and organized by ICI, What Sound Does a Color Make? includes artists who likewise use technology to inspire a renewed consciousness of highly un-technological experiences -- physicality, human cognition, and perception. Featuring work by Scott Arford, Jim Campbell, D-Fuse with Scanner, Granular Synthesis, Gary Hill, Atau Tanaka, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik and others.


Crossed Circuits
23 April - 04 June 2005
Hogar Collection
Grand Street Brooklyn New York
The varied works in this exhibit loosely reflect and invoke a blurring of the senses (synesthesia) and celebrate the inherently ephemeral nature of these connections. Photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, sound, and media works by Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, Pasqualina Azzarello, Cecilia Biagini, Damian Catera, Tim Dowse, Mckendree Key, Facundo Newbery, Clifford Owens, Matt Pass,Todd Rosenbaum, and free103 Transmission Artists 31 Down, Matt Bua, Damian Catera, Melissa Dubbin + Aaron S. Davidson, Tianna Kennedy, Matt Mikas, Michelle Nagai, neuroTransmitter, Ben Owen, Radio Ruido, Tom Roe, and Scanner.


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