The nights are growing shorter and the days shorter so it’s time to search out the light and sunshine elsewhere. With my tan rapidly fading from my recent adventures in Gran Canaria filming with artist Olga Mink for our artwork at the 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, I look at the steely grey skies and dream of climbing inside a volcano again.
The alien landscapes of Gran Canaria were extraordinary and unforgettable and we managed to capture some remarkable footage of some of the most remote regions of the seven islands. Driving across ridges of land with sheer cliff edge drops either side of us, dashing across the seas in a boat from island to island, traversing past sulphuric lakes and ending our trip with a camel ride around a volcano in Lanzarote, it’s clear to appreciate the spectacular appeal of such foreign soil.
Alien life forms have continued to accompany me as I’ve been working in Derby in the UK as Associate Artist at Deda with work presented at Derby Feste for the closing weekend of September. As giant insects moved their way slowly through the city at night, smoke billowing, my music could be heard in the main square accompanying the enormous heliosphere floating across the dark skies and fireworks lighting up the sky. Thousands of people were there to enjoy the atmosphere, in addition to the 28,007 (yes, they count number exactly in sports arenas) who attended the Derby County match the previous weekend who also heard my music. Unsurprisingly they seemed more interested in inventing foul rhymes to sling back at the opposing team, Cardiff City, who’d reciprocate with equally soiled poetry!
Of Air and Ear finally premiered at the Royal Opera House in London and gracefully sold out several days before the performance. With long haul nights of installing technology from 23.00 until morning, it was a delight to present the final work as part of this oversubscribed weekend of Deloitte Ignite events. Sophie Clements, my collaborator, Pete Lockett the percussionist and myself were extremely happy with the outcome of the night, a six hour immersive work that we hope will tour in 2008 to other locations.
Doubtlessly some of you may have heard about the recent sale of Damien Hirst’s work in a massive auction in London, earning Sotheby's and Hirst a weighty £111 pounds each and curiously I’ll be using recordings I made of this and other auctions in a new work to be premiered at the Sovereign Art Foundation in London this month. Accompanying a show of work by a selection of European artists at Somerset House, my piece The Hammer Will Fall will collage together audio, crowds and patter from these outrageously opulent sales, to be heard at the gala prize night, judged by the likes Sir Peter Blake, Tim Marlow, Jarvis Cocker and Alan Yentob. Afterwards I’ll be making it freely downloadable from my website so stay tuned for that.
Though rather an amateur photographer in my outlook I’m currently exhibiting work at Linfield College Art Gallery, McMinnville Oregon as part of the .meta art show. With works linked around a theme of building blocks, parts and pieces, not complete thoughts, perhaps it’s fitting that my rather fragmentary images should be included. Playful and broken, it’s a curiously abstract approach to securing a theme for the show.
Simultaneously I’ve composed a new 55 minute work, Correspondence, to accompany an exhibition by Belgium artists collective, Auguste Orts (Herman Asselberghs, Manon de Boer, Anouq de Clercq and Sven Augustijnen) opening at LUX 28 in London in early October, continuing to the beginning of November. For those outside of London you’ll have an opportunity to hear the entire work broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 FM on 20 October and later on it will be released as an edition CD in 2009. It utilizes their film soundtracks within the frame of an entirely original new work.
October has already shaped up to be an extremely busy month, opening with premieres of two new works with contemporary ensemble Alter Ego. I’ll be presenting Summer by Summer, All Stole Away in Venice as part of the Biennale Musica, alongside William Basinski, and Measure the Fire at the Core of the Heart at the Ultima Festival in Oslo alongside a new work by Biosphere. Then it’s off to the Ukraine to perform in Kiev, to Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol UK to play with Githead and present our work as part of a unique evening of word and music, and then directly to Eindhoven to launch the Image Radio Festival media arts festival with a new collaboration with Olga Mink.
So another restful month ahead!
Until next time
Robin / Scanner
::: listen :::
Panoptique Electrical: Let the Darkness at You (Sensory Projects)
Rumpistol: Dynamo (Rump)
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebzeit: Secret Rhythms 3 (Nonplace)
Francisco López: Conops (GD Stereo)
::: read :::
Mark Ravenhill: Product (Methuen)
David Rothenberg: Sudden Music (Georgia)
Voice & Void (The Aldrich)
Margaret Kilgallen: In the Sweet Bye & Bye (Redcat)
Into the Wild, Sean Penn, USA
Import Export, Ulrich Seidl, Austria
Belle Toujours, Manoel de Oliveira, France
Martian Child, Menno Meyjes, USA
with soundtrack remixes by Scanner
LUX 28 London
2 October - 1 November 2008
An exhibition featuring Belgium artists collective, Auguste Orts (Herman Asselberghs, Manon de Boer, Anouq de Clercq and Sven Augustijnen - www.augusteorts.be). At LUX 28 August Orts will install a video library and reading area for the public to explore the group’s work, influences and interests. To further elucidate their ideas the group will enter a correspondance during the summer and these letters will be available in the reading area. Films, books and other sources mentioned in the letters, will be on display and will complete the dialogue.
Alongside the video library and reading room, the artists have asked Scanner to re-mix the soundtracks of their video work into a new composition. The resulting will be presented as a sound work in the exhibition space at LUX 28 and broadcast on Resonance FM and to open the exhibition there will be an accompanying screening at Tate Modern
Auguste Orts/ Scanner broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4FM, Monday 20 October 8pm
CAT–Contemporary Art Tower
11 September - 24 October 2008
The term utopia, 'the non-place', derived from old Greek 'u-', non, and 'tópos',place, denotes a 'nowhere' which is untraceable and therefore projecting all longing into an unreachable beyond. Utopia is therefore an imagination, which is thinkable as an idea, yet is not directly realisable. Paraflows 08 UTOPIA gathers concepts of a possible future, drawing upon perspectives, dreams and prognoses, daring to take a prognostic look at the future. It will strive to provide a multi-layered examination involving the overwhelming architectonic and historical reality of the venue - the MAK Gegenwartskunstdepot Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark.
Scanner presents Countdown, a new audio installation.
Linfield College Art Gallery, McMinnville, OR
15 October -29 November 2008
A group show about the origins of ideas, not complete thoughts; about subtext than anything else - the building blocks, parts, pieces - without a practical narrative. With Nayland Blake, Jack Daws, Harrison Higgs, Jesse Paul Miller, Rimbaud/Scanner, Stephanie Robison and others.
By Sukhdev Sandhu
Design Mind Unit
Sound Design Scanner
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 .
Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
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 presents two music tracks, a film, photographs, that can be experienced and freely downloaded. Now featuring remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.