December 2006



It's moving towards the festive season here, the Christmas lights brightening up the dark evenings and toasty central heating buffering against the chilly nights. I've managed to slip from the icy blizzard conditions of Aarhus in Denmark over to sunburn central in Brisbane Australia in just one week, so seem to be testing the limits of my body and bodyclock to the extreme.

November began with a week spent running workshops with a group of lively students over at the Jutland Academy of Fine Arts, and for the opening of the 'On the Edge,' in the fine company of James Patten, Critical Art Ensemble and Eduardo Kac amongst others. Then in almost a dream state I traveled to Australia for the weekend. Whilst most folks might slip out of the city in the countryside for the weekend I moved across the globe for just two days spent by the ocean, and a performance at Brisbane Powerhouse for the 'Sound Polaroids' festival, a title affectionately borrowed from one of my projects some years ago. And before I could ask where the kangaroos were, I was back on the plane!

Last weekend Sukhdev Sandhu and I premiered our Haunted Lullabies collaboration for the grand 'Because the Night' celebratory evening. In the gigantic space of the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, a ghostly location, we performed the work in near darkness, to a sold out crowd of dedicated nocturnalists. Expanding upon my Nightjam project with the homeless youths earlier this year I also recently commissioned several artists to remix the original material, so check out http://www.nightjam.org.uk, to freely download new music from Troy Banarzi, Pete Lockett, Hakan Lidbo, Si-cut.db, and Stephen Vitiello. Further mixes will follow in the months to come.

Don't forget to tune into this months episode of Night Haunts when we'll be telling the tale of the urban fox shoot. As Sukhdev writes:

"As London expands, and the division between the city and the countryside becomes blurred, foxes are commonplace. They represent the return of repressed nature to a spayed and neutered capital. They battle down upon us because, whether we know it or not, we are wrecking their homes and whetting their appetites. They are the trace of the human."

Whilst writing of free items, my live collaboration with motion graphics artists D-Fuse, at Effenaar in Eindhoven The Netherlands, 'Light Turned Down,' is now available to freely download at the NoTV website.
Or even speedier you can also manually download your video here:
http://www.notv.com/vodcast/MU_Scanner_vs_DFUSE.mp4 (123 MB)
Download and enjoy! Spread the virus ;-)

Any visitors to London might be interested to check out 'Articulated' at the Bargehouse at Oxo tower, just along the river from Tate Modern. Curated by pioneering digital artists, The Light Surgeons, this cross displinary exhibition will transform the building with a series of multimedia installations for ten days. Connecting the dots between performance, theatre, film and sound, I've curated a series of sound pieces that offer a reading of the city, a cinematic and sonic journey through the metropolis.

And whilst in London don't forget to enjoy the 'Friendscan' installation still showing as part of Game On, at the Science Museum, where all your movements are remembered by a computer and your route mapped across a screen, combined with the movements of previous visitors to create sound and images.

I'm off to Lille in France to soundtrack the classic black and white silent movie 'Broken Blossoms' in a collaboration with mecano musician extraordinaire Pierre Bastien this month, to Philadelphia to continue research at the Wagner Free Institute of Science and then prepare myself for a busy entry into 2007.

So have a wonderful and safe entry into the New Year and see you on the other side.

Yuletide greetings

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
To Rococo Rot: Taken from Vinyl (Staubgold)
Huntsville: For the Middle Classes (Rune Grammofon)
Geir Jenssen: Cho Oyu 8201m (Ash International)
GNAC: Sevens (LTM)

::: read :::
Francis Alys: The Modern Procession (Public Art Fund)
Adrienne Martini: Hillbilly Gothic (Free Press)
Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark's Fake Estates (Cabinet)
VJ-Audio-Visual Art & Culture (Laurence King)

::: film:::
Punishment Park, Peter Watkins, USA
Electroma, Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel De Homen-Christo, France
Japon, Carlos Reygadas, Spain
Pulse, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

::: diary dates :::

01 Dec-Lecture at BETA2.0, FACT Liverpool
02 Dec-Articulate-talk at Bargehouse, OXO Tower London
03 Dec-Broken Blossom with Pierre Bastien: Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille France
06 Dec-Future of Sound: Presentation FACT Liverpool

18 Jan-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Arts Depot London
24 Jan-Future of Sound: Presentation Sage Gateshead
01 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Brewhouse Taunton
01 Feb-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre le Vanves Festival Art-Dan-Thé France
05 Feb- Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Royal Northern College Music Manchester
07 Feb-Future of Sound: Presentation Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
13 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Hawth Crawley
21 Feb-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh South Hill Arts Park Bracknell
24-25 Feb-A Study at Wagner Free Institute Philadelphia
01 & 02 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Mac Birmingham
06 & 07 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh QEH London
17 March -Présences electronique Salle Olivier Messiaen: Paris France
20 March-Faultline with Shobana Jeyasingh Sherman Cardiff Wales
27 March-Plexus/Praxis-Les Ondines Changé France
30 March-Plexus/Praxis-Théâtre la Licorne Cannes France
12 April-Future of Sound Queen Mary’s College London
19 May-Shots in the Dark with D-Fuse/Alter Ego, Wroclaw Poland

::: exhibitions :::

Oxo Tower London
01-10 December

This cross disciplinary exhibition will transform Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf on London's South Bank with a series of multimedia installations for ten days. The works unravel a multitude of human stories in the modern metropolis; visitors to the Bargehouse are invited to re-experience the everyday through the exhibition where they can engage with interactive works, short films, live performance and theatre. Sonic installation curated by Scanner, offering a view of the city through sound.

IDA -China
Beijing Film Academy Galleries
15 December – 15 January 2007

The IDA was developed by Steve Danzig (the director has been instrumental in profiling digital art and its development within the national and international art community. The IDA is an alternative, planet-wide forum for digital artists and a dedicated program within a fine art context. It also supports an academic platform of events via workshops and public lectures from leading artists and academics such as Dawei Xu, CHAOS Chen, and Laurence Gartel. The value of this exhibition extends well beyond the arts, as it leads to linkages developing at the technological level. Featuring a new adaptation of ‘Flower Echoes’ from Guangzhou.

Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 – on-going

Artangel Interaction invited writer and historian Sukhdev Sandhu to write a nocturnal journal unfolding over the course of 2006. His postings will appear sequentially at this microsite specially designed by Mind Unit. Sandhu's forays see him prospecting in the London night with the people who drive its pulse, from the avian police to security guards, zookeepers and exorcists. Acclaimed artist and musician Scanner has collaborated with Sukhdev and Ian Budden of Mind Unit to compose the sound for the site. If you would like to be kept informed as each episode is posted, join artangel‘s mailing list by clicking here.


Game On
Science Museum
21 October 2006 - 25 February 2007

From the PDP-1 of the 1960s to the latest must-have consoles Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the gaming world. Friendscan is an interactive installation, inspired by a handheld computer game from the early 1970s, Simon.

Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction
20 July 2006. - on-going

NightJam is the latest project in Artangel Interaction’s Nights of London series of artist-led collaborations with people who have a special view on a hidden side of the nocturnal city. Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King’s Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their ears and eyes. Through music and voice workshops they explored the sense of freedom and fear, celebration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Meanwhile, they captured their nights on disposable cameras, taking images that are at times eerie, startling, contemplative and funny. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

NightJam resents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. A limited edition CD is also being distributed for free through the website.