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February 2010

Hello

It has been a month when the seasonal climate has severely disrupted my flowing passage across Europe, with snow, fog and atmospheric conditions devouring any stable plans. I began my year in Milan but heavy snowfall in the UK rapidly halted my return home, then Eurostar froze in sub zero temperatures stranding me in France, whilst all flights overseas were then cancelled a few days later with foggy conditions in London.

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Safely back home offered a moment to breath, but only momentarily as ravenous deadlines for projects suddenly appeared and it’s been heads down focus for the last weeks. I was honoured to be exposed in a six-page feature on my work in Italian musical journal, Blow Up, for their January 2010 issue, which you can download here in full if you wish

New soundtracks to very playful artworks can be found online too at youtube this month. Both works were filmed at the Plazaplus Festival in Eindhoven NL, the first a frisky documentary on filmmaker Sophie Clements work on show, whilst the second is footage of Sjansmachine, an interactive photo-installation that works with real-time images and face recognition software. With the advancing of social networking sites it riffs on the idea that the virtual world could be replacing our real social life, so encourages participants to reconnect in the world outside. It was a collaboration between Rolf van Gelder, Carmin Karasic and Olga Mink, with my little soundtrack to entertain afterwards.

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Plans for the year ahead are heavily in action already. We have some Githead live dates in Switzerland and Italy confirmed for March, which can be found on the schedule, a tour led by a desire to test various fine cheeses across Europe. Live dates for myself are certainly filling up the calendar with some very rare shows in London, as most of my work is consistently overseas. On May 5 2010 I will be performing with pianist Joanna MacGregor as part of UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica at LSO St Luke’s Church, followed by a show at Café Oto with Will Dutta of Blank Canvas on 10 June 2010. Additional live shows in Paris, São Paulo and the Netherlands follow shortly too.

February brings a unique show at O’ in Milan, a non-profit organization for the promotion of artistic research. Following a series of workshops with leading multimedia artist Claudio Sinatti, I will be performing live in a free, post Valentine’s Day concert, on 15 February at O’ with a number of filmmakers and new media artists in a grand improvisation. None of us has any idea what to expect from this collaboration apart from a positive dynamic and fulfilling partnership.

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Without my physical presence 4m2, my collaborative work with choreographers Claire Cunningham and Jose Agudo, continues to tour around the UK in February and March, whilst I continue work on a top secret agent project, and complete work on a remix of Fame for Amex International. Remember, I’m going to live forever, I’m going to learn how to fly, or at least patiently wait for the next flight.

Until next month, have a safe and captivating month


Robin
Professor Scanner

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::: listen :::

Oren Ambarchi: Intermission (Touch)
These New Puritans: Hidden (Angular Recording Association)
Panoptique Electrical: Yes to Fear, Yes to Desire (Sensory Projects)
Massive Attack: Heligoland (Virgin)

::: read :::
Geeta Dayal: Another Green World (Continuum)
Leanne Shapton: Important Artifacts and…(Bloomsbury)
Eva Hesse: Datebooks 1964/65 (Yale)
Lucrezia De Domizio Durini: The Felt Hat (Charta)

::: film:::
Up in the Air, Jason Reitman, USA
A Prophet, Jacques Audiard, France
Precious, Lee Daniels, USA
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Mat Whitecross, UK

Exhibitions

‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ - On Ghosts and Their Media
Centre of Contemporary Art
Torun Poland
26 March – 31 May 2010

The exhibition ‘Awake Are Only the Spirits’ – On Ghosts and Their
Media is dedicated to a topic that appears, at first glance, timeless: it involves the presence of the supernatural – the appearance of ghosts and (trans-)communication with ‘the beyond’ facilitated by technical media.

The exhibition shows 22 international artistic positions questioning the existence of ghosts, exploring the integration of new media and technologies in spiritualist contexts, investigating the making-visible or making-perceptible of the invisible, and tracing the political implications as well as the aesthetics of such contemporary trans-communication phenomena. Artists include Lucas & Jason Ajemian, Sam Ashley, Kathrin Günter, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Tim Hecker, Susan Hiller, Chris Marker and Scanner.

www.csw.torun.pl

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
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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
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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