June 2006



Monsoons in Europe, earthquakes in Java, Michael Jackson moving to Scotland, it is enough begin to question the sanity of our world, isn't it?

I'm returning to my personal insanity of traveling too. Indeed it has already begun - in the last week I have been presenting my work in New York City at the AIGA/MOVE 3 conference, then jet setting over to Milan to devour fast food pizza and perform with TeZ at the Mixed Media festival. New York brought sunshine, the Whitney Biennial, Hans Bellmer, pancakes, Strand Books, King of the Hill, Andrea Zittel, and a new suitcase to squeeze all my new books into, whilst Italy offered the delightful opportunity to perform at Hangar Bicocca, part of the Pirelli Estate. This space, occupying 15,000, square meters, is simply extraordinary. We were honoured to perform alongside seven monumental towers created by Anselm Kiefer that symbolize the mystical experience of the ascent through the seven levels of spirituality. I have chosen to pick a few images of these adventures and begun to feature them on the my website, so if you are curious, click to www.scannerdot.com.

Mission Impossible 3, a set of walkie talkies, a pile of books and a sweet cake with a modestly reserved array of candles brought me into another year of my life, and I was happy to share this date with Miles Davis, Simon Armitage, Joan Collins and Lenny Kravitz. No need for a walking stick as yet though which is reassuring, and thanks to those of you who remembered ;-)

The Long Weekend at Tate Modern to close the month was another adventure. Flanking events with Ryoji Ikeda, Alva Noto, Trisha Brown and DJ Spooky, I performed John Cage's Fontana Mix three times as part of the Musicircus afternoon to a massive mobile crowd of families, artists, bewildered looking tourists and other musicians, crammed into this colossal space. Squeezing through corridors and edging down staircases, even End of the Year sales couldn't compare to the popularity of this afternoon!

Night Haunts (http://www.nighthaunts.org.uk) continues with Exorcism this month, so look into your crystal balls and prepare yourself for a story of the wickedest place in London, with Satan begone from The House of Detention. Connecting with London's premiere festival of progressive advanced cinema, onedotzero, Sukhdev Sandhu and I will be presenting this project at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) this weekend, 03 June 2006, a part of The City in Flux discussion. It will also be a chance to experience excerpts from the forthcoming onedotzero live narrative audiovisual commission, 'Four Points of Coincidence' from acclaimed director Kieran Evans (co director Finisterre) with musical collaborator, Argentinian producer Gustavo Lamas (Trauma / Kompakt).

And whilst we are talking of high art, then why not consider, if passing through London on 5, 6, 7 & 8 June 2006, visiting the Royal Opera House and revel in the 75 th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House where I've soundtracked Qualia, choreographed by Wayne McGregor, alongside Frederick Ashton, David Bintley, and Christopher Wheeldon. Tutus a-go-go!!

Choose one piece of music. Go on - just try it. This is the challenge posed by Julius Nil, Sunday nights on Resonance FM in London. Each episode, Nil invited one guest to choose one piece of music to listen to and talk about. I chose a song by King Crimson! The new publication One Reason To Live compiles fourteen insightful, inciteful, conversations with some of the most important and innovative figures in jazz, rock, classical, sound art, cultural theory, and philosophy. Guests included David Toop, John Parish, Steven Connor, Brandon LaBelle, and Ken Vandermark amongst others. Published by Errant Bodies, anyone in London might like to enjoy a free launch event at the Architectural Association on 8 June, with Christoph Cox, David Toop, Steven Conner, John Parish and myself.

And thinking of returning to my roots, I'm showing work at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam, an art-society founded in 1939, with a sound installation using scanned phonecalls, as well as pieces that can be experienced on mobile phones in the locality.

I was recently commissioned by the BBC to remix Brian Eno and David Byrne for broadcast, in tandem with the launch of their remix project around My Life in the Bush of Ghosts CD.
Search under 'Scanner - Front Row' and have a listen to the results.

Much of the next month will be spent in Australia, Brisbane in fact, where I'll be developing work with Time_Place_Space (T_P_S), a national professional development strategy enabling emerging and established Australian artists to explore new methodologies and practices in hybrid/interdisciplinary arts, with an emphasis on performance. Taking the role of facilitator I'll be out there to develop strategies to enable a sustainable arts practice for individuals. Any local Brisbanians please get in touch so we can say hello in person.

See you in July

Best wishes

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Various: La Planete Bleue Vol 4 (Label Bleu)
Tom Yorke: The Eraser (XL)
Triosk: The Headlight Serenade (Leaf)
Various: Amplified: New Music meets Rock (The Kitchen)

::: read :::
Edward Docx: The Calligrapher (Fourth Estate)
Cabinet Magazine: Issue 21 Electricity
Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille (Hayward)
Kyle Gann: Music Downtown (California Press)

::: film:::
Open Hearts, Susanne Bier, Denmark
Sling Blade, Billy Bob Thornton, USA
Mission Impossible, JJ Abrams, USA
Enduring Love, Roger Mitchell, UK

::: exhibitions :::

A Mobile Telephone Exhibition
Arti et Amicitiae
Amsterdam The Netherlands
10 June - 08 July 2006

Curated by Nathalie Faber ( Cut-n-Paste) an exhibition exploring the historical and future possibilities of mobile telecommunications, with artists Arno Coenen, Blast Theory, Cut-n-Paste, Gerald van der Kaap, Aryan Kaganof, Bert Kommerij, A.P. Koomen / Karen Murphy, Gijs Müller, Leonard van Munster, Kate Pemberton, Esther Polak, and Scanner. I presented three mobile telephone works for sharing and an immersive soundtrack for the entire show.


Night Haunts
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
04 February 2006 - 04 February 2007

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 .


What Sound Does A Color Make?
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
New Plymouth, New Zealand
20 May - 16 July 2006

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. The show 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.

What Sound Does a Color Make? is a travelling exhibition (2005-2007) organised & circulated by iCi, curated by Kathleen Forde.