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August 2010

Hello

As certain areas of Europe close down for the summer period, pursuing holidays and heading towards the mountains, lakes and beaches to recharge, I return to London for a brief spell, almost in reverse, having spent the last weeks in Brazil and France.

A thousand points of light and contact

July certainly brought a fair share of adventures with it, starring Sao Paulo as the main character. A sprawling industrial extravaganza, the city was host to On_Off – Experiences in Live Image, an arts festival committed to new directions in live cinema. Held in the elegant skyscraper of the Itaú Cultural Institute, I was one of a group of artists performing and presenting their work over a weeklong period.  Abandoning 28 degrees temperature in London for a decidedly wet and wintry 12 degrees and constant rain showers felt almost perverse, but the city has an energy and diverse population that outweighs a frustration with meteoric conditions.

I opened the festival with 52 Spaces, a work originally commissioned by The British School at Rome for film director Michelangelo Antonioni's 90th birthday in 2002. 52 Spaces uses sounds of the city of Rome and elements of The Eclipse (1962) to create a soundtrack of an image of a city suspended in time, anonymous and surreal, perfectly matched to Sao Paulo with its mixture of futuristic and traditionalist architecture. Further performances and talks followed, and I was fortunate to attend and hang out with flicker filmmaker Bruce McClure, video artist Charles Atlas and composer William Basinski. Photos of my show can be seen here

Proud in the brilliant air

No trip to such destinations goes without unforgettable adventures, the most resonant one being a trip to a karaoke bar in the Japan town area, a seedy little venue lit by cheap fluorescent lights bouncing against mirror balls, heavily bleached blonde women entertaining Japanese business men in fluent Japanese and a song book thick with choice Japanese and Portuguese hits from the 1970s and just two mere pages of painfully dated British pop tunes. Given a receipt on entering the bar for drinks and presumably ‘extras’ no-one question the fact that I signed mine ‘Batman,’ imagining that many guests adopt alternative monikers for their visit.

Suffice it to say no Scanner songs were featured on stage that night.

Tickets are already on sale for my show at the Alpha-ville Festival in London where I will be premiering new work at the Whitechapel Gallery on 17 September.  I will be sharing the evening with a rare live show from Skam’s Bola so it looks to be an entertaining and beat driven night.

I am just finished up mixing and editing a new album with the playfully named Post Modern Jazz Quartet in the USA, featuring American pianist Matthew Shipp, that I have been working on in recent months which should be released by the end of the year. Meanwhile my very capable interns from Berklee School of Music have also been diligently working through my expansie archive too over the last weeks and we have already digitized around 60 hours of unreleased music, including film soundtracks, contemporary dance and mixes.. Alternatively known at The Scannerettes they are also working on new arrangements and mixes of classic material to be issued soon. Stay tuned.

Towards the One

An exclusive free download of an instrumental mix of my recent collaboration with writer Sukhdev Sandhu for The Spitalfields Music Festival has really gone live too at the ever reliable Soundcloud. Please share as you wish; Sighs, Wonders An extremely quirky interview with filmmaker Olga Mink and myself has just gone live online too, so enjoy the cinematic images, sounds and words here.

Just as my turn as Professor Scanner at Le Fresnoy art school was drawing to a close I have been invited back again so expect the next year to be filled with creative adventures and collaborations in France. I have a five hour DVD collection of works created in the last year to plough through over the summer months, as well as prepare new ideas for creations there.

Until next month, take care



Robin
Professor Scanner

Guilded, guided in light

::: listen :::

Health: Health Disco 2 (Lovepump United)
Factory Floor: Remix Series (Blast First Petite)
How to Destroy Angels: EP
The JD’s: Education (Pretension Records)

::: read :::
Cabinet Magazine Issue 37: Bubbles
Sharon Olds: Selected Poems (Cape)
Young Romantics: Daisy Hay (Bloomsbury)
Robert Herrick: Selected Poems (Carcanet)

::: film:::
Coil: Colour Sound Oblivion DVD set
Objectified,  Gary Hustwit, USA
The Hourglass Sanatorium, Wojciech J.Has, Poland
Inception, Christopher Nolan, USA


Exhibitions

The Black Cabinet ­ Surveillance and Resistance
Post & Tele Museum
Copenhagen Denmark

09 October 2009 - 24 October 2010

Exhibition exploring a historical look at phone technology and developments. Scanner is presenting early examples of his controversial scanned mobile telephone calls from the 1990s.

Post & Tele Museum

Night Haunts
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 .

www.nighthaunts.org.uk
www.artangel.org.uk


Bittersweet Songs for the Sleepless City
Artangel Interaction

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. Additionally it features remixes of NightJam by Stephen Vitiello, Hakan Lidbo, Troy Banarzi, Si-cut.db and Pete Lockett.

www.nightjam.org.uk