March 2006



The months speed past as always, seemingly faster and faster, though the climate confuses too, as if it’s autumn in London already. I have just returned from the rather glacial minus twenty-degree temperature of Minneapolis where I performed at the Spark Festival alongside the legendary figure of Alvin Lucier, which was very agreeable, and a chance to shop until I dropped at the Mall of America, the tackiest and allegedly biggest shopping mall in the world. My feet cannot disagree with that idea.

And as the days grow lighter and hence longer, my Night Haunts project, (http://www.nighthaunts.org.uk), continues to explore the underbelly of the city at night. This month, it will explore the Night Cleaners, as my collaborator Sukhdev Sandhu writes:
“The night cleaners of London don’t think of themselves as cleaners. They’re sure, or at least they fervently hope, that stooping for a living while the rest of the city sleeps is just a temporary phase...Cleaners strive to make early-commute Londoners think that there has been an overnight snowstorm. Every day should be a new day, a tabula rasa rather than a palimpsest. They try to abolish all traces of the previous day. If the city is a text, then cleaners do their best to erase the jottings and doodles that have been inscribed on it. “

Launching on 11 March, this next episode continues this yearlong project in collaboration with Artangel.

My work will also be featured this month as part of scopeNewYork fair, at the Armory, which runs March 10-13, 2006. The mission of -scope art fair inc. (http://www.scope-art.com) is to demystify the buying process of contemporary art by producing international art fairs that nurture cutting-edge art and emerging culture. The fairs bring together up-and-coming dealers, curators and artists in a relaxed atmosphere. The exhibitions, in combination with -scope Programs (e.g., Cinema-scope, -scopeSound, panel discussions, Performance-scope), cultivate a unique forum for contemporary art and emerging culture.

In collaboration with free103point9.org, a special space will be located where a narrow hallway will display prints representing each artist as well as the Dispatch Series and other multiple items (CD, DVD, LPs, etc.) A single radio frequency will transmit live performances as well as prerecorded works by the Transmission Artists to radios throughout the fair. Additionally the shuttles transporting people from the Armory will be tuned to the free103point9 frequency, so there’ll be no escaping the exploratory radio works of various artists.

Recently I’ve been occupied coding and uploading my back catalogue to iTunes as well, so it will soon be an opportunity to pick up some very rare and many unreleased gems from the past, as well as the earliest Scanner recordings, with those controversial and often perverse scanned phone calls. There is a massive archive of material that has never otherwise been available, live albums, collaborations, one-off 7” singles, compilation tracks, etc that will be made available for download, so keep checking back to see what’s available.

I’m just off to Milano Italy this weekend to play as part of the amusingly titled Alvin Curran Filharmonia in collaboration with Alvin Curran and DJ Olive, with the enticing title of “Scelsi incontra Luc Ferrari da King Kong,” our tribute to the playful master of musique concrete Luc Ferrari, who passed away last year. Some guaranteed laughter there!

A busy month ahead too, premiering a new commission for /slab in the UK, Passing Beneath the Surface, which will re-imagine the City of Sunderland through archive recordings of its history, performing the works of Salvatore Sciarrino with contemporary ensemble Alter Ego and motion graphics artists D-Fuse in Lisbon, and continuing to work on this new British horror film Reverb amongst other things.

Meanwhile in the heady and glammy world of Rock ‘n Roll, Githead was recently praised by eminent critic Greil Marcus in the Village Voice in NYC, voting us in at Number 8 in his Top Ten favourite albums of 2005. Amazing J

And with deadlines in my sight, I pass along to other things…

Best wishes

Robin Rimbaud

::: listen :::
Thomas Stronen: Pohlitz (Rune Grammofon)
DJ Olive: Heaps As, Live in Tasmania (theAgriculture)
Psapp: The Only Thing I Ever Wanted (Domino)
Thee More Shallows: Monkey Vs Shark (Monotreme)

::: read :::
Mike Kelley: Interviews, Conversations (JRP/Ringier)
M/M Paris: Inventory (Haunch of Venison)
Janet Cardiff: The Walk Book (TB A21)
Ali Smith: The Accidental (Hamish Hamilton)

::: film:::
Exotica, Atom Egoyan, Canada
Capote, Bennett Miller, USA
Favela Rising, Jeff Zimbarlist, USA
Mirror Mask, Dave McKean, UK

::: diary dates :::

01 March-Lecture Middlesex University UK
04 March-Alvin CurranFilharmonia: Teatro Arcimboldo Milan Italy
10 March-Lecture: Chester University UK
14-19 March-Nemesis/Random Dance soundtrack: Adelaide Festival Australia
15 March-Scanner Scans Sciarrino: Lisbon Portugal
17 March-Lecture: Bath University UK
22 March-Nemesis/Random Dance soundtrack: Melbourne Australia
30 March-S-Lab: Performance Sunderland City UK
29 April-Threshold: E:vent East London UK
03 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Sage Gateshead UK
04 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: Norfolk & Norwich Festival UK
05 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: South Hill Park Bracknell UK
10 May-Parallax Beat Brothers: The Junction Cambridge UK
19 & 20 May-Move3: Under the Influence Conference: New York City USA
03 June-Les Territoires Electroniques: Aix-en-Provence France
17 June-09 July- Time_Place_Space Laboratory: Brisbane Australia
24 June-Occasional Offices: BBC Radio 3
21 July-31 July-Wave Farm Residency Greene Country New York
29 July-Wave Farm Green County NY USA
24 August-Waves: RIXC Riga Latvia
02-07 Nov-Ground Control: Copenhagen Denmark
30 Nov-Parallax Beat Brothers: Colchester Arts Centre UK

::: exhibitions :::

What Sound Does A Color Make?
Centre for Art & Visual Culture
University of Maryland
Baltimore MD USA
27 January - 07 April 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.


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.